Roundup: Next-Generation Memory Blog 2/25/2014 4 comments There are a number of next generation memory technologies on the horizon. Here’s a few that merit watching in the next year, including several DRAM alternatives.
Startup Stacks Chips Wirelessly News & Analysis 2/21/2014 28 comments ThruChip of Japan wants to license an inductive coupling method for linking 3D chip stacks wirelessly, saving costs and hassles of wired links.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive News & Analysis 2/18/2014 12 comments Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented News & Analysis 2/18/2014 3 comments Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Hot Memory Technologies Blog 2/11/2014 2 comments As I was getting ready for DesignCon late last year, I asked some analysts/consultants who follow the memory market closely for some informal projections on what will be hot in 2014. Here’s a summary of what they told me.
RRAM: A New Approach to Embedded Memory Blog 2/11/2014 9 comments If traditional memory technologies can't meet the demand, then what can? And with Flash so ubiquitous in consumer electronics designs, is it even plausible to consider replacing the existing worn-out technology?
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma' Blog 2/10/2014 1 comment Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption News & Analysis 2/10/2014 5 comments With next-generation memory technologies likely a decade away from mainstream use, NVDIMM combines DRAM and flash technologies to address latency and performance while laying the groundwork for new computing architectures.
Google Cloud Needs Lower Latency News & Analysis 2/10/2014 8 comments A Google fellow asked engineers at ISSCC to come up with new techniques to reduce latencies to handle a rising tide of sensor data from wearables.
Solid State Thrives as Storage Declines News & Analysis 2/5/2014 13 comments The market for SSDs is up in 2013 and is expected to continue to go up next year. The market for HDDs and ODDs, however, along with the overall storage market for 2013 and beyond, looks rather bleak.
Flash Dominates Awards at Storage Visions 2014 News & Analysis 2/3/2014 1 comment Annual conference highlights challenges and opportunities in storage, with memory, SSDs, and flash technologies all making a strong showing, with themes addressing non-volatile memory in storage architectures and user requirements for SSDs.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.