5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz Blog 2/20/2014 4 comments 5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Industrial Ethernet’s Role in the Factory of the Future Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/20/2014 3 comments This third industrial revolution requires a greener, faster, and smarter way to produce products. The challenge lies in the limited resources available to serve more people using more products, particularly as demand increases in developing countries.
5 Game-Changers at MWC 2014 Blog 2/19/2014 17 comments Beyond Nokia's first Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and Sony's renewed mobile push, I see five big trends destined to change the nature of the Mobile World Congress and the electronics industry at large.
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.
5 Hot Papers from ISSCC Slideshow 2/14/2014 9 comments More than two dozen scientific papers are on display at this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. These five technologies showcase the latest innovations from research institutions, startups, and big market players.
Devices on Net to Top 6 Billion in 2014 News & Analysis 2/13/2014 13 comments A new IHS report shows that Internet-connected devices will surpass the 6 billion make in 2014, and devices with more versatility are replacing more traditional form factors.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder? Blog 2/13/2014 23 comments Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
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.
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.
Top 10 Sensor Trends to Watch Slideshow 2/10/2014 22 comments Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians Blog 2/10/2014 Post a comment Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block? News & Analysis 2/7/2014 50 comments Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Power Week-in-Review: 10 EV Predictions News & Analysis 2/6/2014 2 comments This week, 10 market and technology predictions for electric vehicles in 2014, an energy harvester that continuously converts low-frequency vibration to electricity, a "proton flow" battery that could offer an economical hydrogen-based alternative to lithium, and a real-time AC power monitor IC.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk News & Analysis 2/5/2014 23 comments In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Sony Negotiating to Sell Its Vaio PC Business News & Analysis 2/4/2014 13 comments As PC sales continue to languish, Sony is looking to potentially sell its Vaio PC business according to reports. While Chinese vendor Lenovo is one possible bidder, the latest information from Nikkei details a plan whereby Sony may try to sell most of the business.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal News & Analysis 2/1/2014 4 comments Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap News & Analysis 1/31/2014 15 comments MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC News & Analysis 1/29/2014 15 comments In spite of bullish figures in emerging markets and opportunities in low-margin products, growth in the global market for tablets is going to decline in coming years, according to research firm IDC. Saturation in mature markets is primarily to blame.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up News & Analysis 1/28/2014 3 comments The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event? News & Analysis 1/28/2014 19 comments Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?