Q'comm Unveils Server Bid
News & Analysis 10/8/2015 1 comment
Qualcomm officially entered the server market with a single chip SoC server development platform. The company first announced that it would tackle the much-sought after market last year, but had been largely quiet about its progress.
15 Techs, Apps to Steer Automotive Future
News & Analysis 10/8/2015 2 comments
The ITS World Congress this week offered participants plenty of chances to ride in a driverless vehicle, discuss its implications and see the technology building blocks necessary for automotive future. Here are some samples EE Times spotted.
Silicon on Insulator Penetrates Apple/Intel/IBM
Blog 10/7/2015 Post a comment
In a exclusive interview, Soitec's CEO and board chairman reveals that the Apple iPhone 6s has multiple RF chips built on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates and even long-time rejector of SOI--Intel--and IBM are using SOI for their silicon photonics push.
Autonomous Cars: 'We Will Have Accidents'
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 11 comments
The only certainty about the interaction of people — drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists — with the autonomously driven cars of the near future is that much of the technology will be in the streets before the human/machine interface (HMI) is fully understood.
Futuremobile Takes Charge
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/7/2015 2 comments
George walks up to his car, trying to open it. Nothing happens. The car says: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Organics To Extend Moore's Law
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 9 comments
Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby University of Technology is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 1 comment
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments
Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
5G for Command & Control
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 6 comments
Dresden University of Technology professor Frank Fitzek has created a way to compress 5G data using random numbers that can be decoded in less than one millisecond yet are totally secure even if intercepted by bad guys.
ITS: Car OEMs See Role as Service Providers
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 4 comments
Carmakers have been great at playing two cards -- “Safety” and “lower carbon emissions”—to public funding. They are now adding the third card, “mobility as a service,” to cozy up with regulators while re-inventing the industry.
We Are Not Alone!
Max’s Cool Beans 10/5/2015 9 comments
Sometimes you start to believe you are the only person who thinks the way you do, and then suddenly you discover that you are not alone.
Volvo Shows User Interface for Self-Driving Cars
News & Analysis 10/5/2015 Post a comment
Automated driving poses specific requirements to the user interface of the cars, in particular for the transition phases to and from autopilot mode. Volvo now has revealed an interface to oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car’s autonomous driving (AD) mode in its forthcoming cars.
IBM Nanotubes May Redefine Future of Moore's Law
News & Analysis 10/1/2015 24 comments
A new carbon nanotube transistor breakthrough from IBM Research could leave silicon transistors behind in the dust. IBM researchers say they can achieve angstrom (1/10 of a nanometer) scale nanotube transistors someday, starting at the 3-to-5 nanometer node.
ASICs Memory Bandwidth Issue Fix Offered
News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment
Open-Silicon claims to have solved the memory bandwidth problem to ASICs by integrating 3D stacked memory chips inside the same system-in-package with a 1,024-bit wide interface that beats all off-chip memory architectures.
16 Deals Feeding Chip Biz's Merger Fever
Slideshow 9/30/2015 3 comments
The semiconductor industry has undergone an unprecedented wave of consolidation over the past 18 months, with both the volume and size of deals standing out even in an industry always been heavy on mergers and acquisitions. Here are 16 of the biggest deals.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home?
News & Analysis 9/30/2015 12 comments
It’s time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes won’t carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
3D Memory Chips May Beat 3D Hybrid Memory Cube
News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment
A memory chip goes beyond Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube by doubling the number of memory die to eight, but now its adding analog, mixed signal, MEMS and the sensors to the mix--enabling systems-on-chip to pack at lease 18 layers into the same footprint of its Integrated Sensor Platform.
MotionEngine Wear Debuts
News & Analysis 9/29/2015 1 comment
Hillcrest specifically targets wearables with a special version of its MotionEngine called Wear, which accommodates always-on functions from battery-powered devices without running them down typical wearables including accurate activity tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, context awareness, intuitive gesture controls, precise compass heading and orientation.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
News & Analysis 9/29/2015 4 comments
while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
LTE-U, Wi-Fi Play Nice in Test
News & Analysis 9/28/2015 3 comments
Qualcomm wants to convince non-believers that LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) will be a good neighbor to Wi-Fi for next generation communications. Following debate about the realities of sharing spectrum, the chip giant discussed coexistence tests conducted at its San Diego lab.