Electronica Settles into Automotive, Industrial, IoT Roles
Slideshow 11/16/2016 4 comments
In a week when the biennial Electronica trade show in Munich, Germany, was overshadowed by a presidential election on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and amid supposed long-term decline of Europe as a power in semiconductors and electronics, it seems reasonable to ask if Electronica is still busy – and still relevant.
3D Printed Buses Here
News & Analysis 11/16/2016 8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G
News & Analysis 11/16/2016 Post a comment
In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
News & Analysis 11/15/2016 5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
AT&T: SIMs are Key to IoT Future
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 Post a comment
AT&T pronounced the Internet of Things (IoT) as already here in massive enough numbers to make it a sure thing for all future devices, but in need of tools it is providing like its "flow designer."
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
News & Analysis 11/10/2016 7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue
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Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, predicts that sales in the current quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the record $774.8 million in revenue it posted during the July to September period this year.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
News & Analysis 11/9/2016 1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
IEEE Sensor 2016 Exhibits MEMS
Slideshow 11/7/2016 1 comment
The IEEE Sensor 2016 conference featured 614 presentations plus a room full of exhibitors hawking everything you need to fabricate, package, manufacture and test both microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and conventional sensors.
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab
News & Analysis 11/3/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it is proceeding with plans to build South China’s first 12-inch fab at an existing facility in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
News & Analysis 11/1/2016 1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate.
The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 1 comment
BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.
Analog Devices acquires Innovasic for smart automation, industrial IoT technologies
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 Post a comment
Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) has announced the acquisition of Innovasic (Albuquerque, NM), specialist semiconductor and IP vendor of deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition, ADI says, adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
What Is Best & Worst STEM-Related Music Ever?
Engineering Pop Culture! 10/31/2016 41 comments
We've all seen hard disk drives being used to play music, but what about robots and Tesla coils? Tell us what your favorite STEM-related songs and music are that you love to hate or hate to love.
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
Blog 10/31/2016 1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Watson Wins GM
News & Analysis 10/29/2016 2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
16 Views of ARM TechCon
Slideshow 10/28/2016 3 comments
ARM’s annual event was all about building and securing the Internet of Things with help from Softbank and little said about its server initiative.
Thank Goodness for Makers
Max’s Cool Beans 10/28/2016 27 comments
Did you ever fear that hobby electronics was fading away, and were you surprised by the emergence of the Maker Movement?
$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
News & Analysis 10/28/2016 11 comments
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.