Top 10 smartphone innovations of 2011 Blog 12/30/2011 26 comments As smartphones become ever more ubiquitous and the speed of mobile innovation increases exponentially month by month, keeping track of the big innovations over a full year can seem a futile task. The changes, once recorded seem almost incremental when looked at through the year’s rear view mirror.
Kyocera offers lifetime LCD supply News & Analysis 12/30/2011 9 comments A lifetime supply of liquid-crystal displays is being guaranteed to original equipment manufacturers by Kyocera, which recently extended its acquisition of LCD and touchscreen suppliers by purchasing Optrex.
Chinese foundries confirm merger News & Analysis 12/29/2011 9 comments Hua Hong Semiconductor and Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, China's second and third largest foundries, said they completed a merger between the two companies.
Intel's Medfield benchmarks leaked News & Analysis 12/27/2011 13 comments Purported specifications and benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming 32nm Medfield platform have been leaked online, detailing performance figures set to rival if not beat current chip market leaders in the tablet space.
NTT Docomo tips fabless JV for mobile chips News & Analysis 12/27/2011 4 comments NTT Docomo, Japan's largest wireless carrier, said it reached a basic agreement with five chip companies to establish a fabless joint venture to develop and sell semiconductors for handsets and other mobile devices.
Can Apple make a better Web TV? News & Analysis 12/27/2011 23 comments Can Apple crystallize the emerging concept of a Web-connected TV into a must-have product as it has done with MP3 players, smartphones and tablets?
Soitec to acquire Alatech Semi News & Analysis 12/27/2011 Post a comment Electronic materials vendor Soitec said it would acquire all of the outstanding shares of French chip equipment company Alatech Semiconductor by the end of January 2012.
Back Story News & Analysis 12/27/2011 6 comments We have compiled our “Confidential Top 10,” the ten most well-read EE Times Confidential stories this year. We have also put together "back stories," illustrating what have motivated us to go after a specific story.
ESL, down under style News & Analysis 12/26/2011 2 comments I love it when I discover new EDA companies, especially those in the ESL field. Introducing VWorks…
Touchscreens adopt on-cover over in-cell News & Analysis 12/22/2011 3 comments LCD vendors worldwide are being pressured by smartphone and tablet makers to quickly integrate touch into the display itself, using in- or on-cell sensors, but slow development has prompted add-on touchscreen vendors to offer interim sensor-on-cover, touch-on-lens, and similar one-glass solutions, at least for 2012.
Indian chip firm hits rare milestone News & Analysis 12/22/2011 11 comments An announcement by Cosmic Circuits that it has shipped 12 million ICs so far didn't garner a lot of attention internationally, but made waves here because it marks the first time an Indian chip company has attained such numbers.
Accelerated Android 4.0 available on ARM development boards News & Analysis 12/22/2011 5 comments Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization that works with open-source software for the ARM processor architecture, has announced downloadable builds of v4.0 of the Android operating system on development boards from Samsung and ST-Ericsson.
Self-healing system repairs broken wires, traces Research 12/22/2011 13 comments A team of University of Illinois engineers has developed a self-healing system that restores electrical conductivity to a cracked circuit. Liquid metal contained in microcapsules, released by the damage, fills in the gap in the circuit, restoring electrical flow.
Chip sales for smart meters set to double News & Analysis 12/21/2011 13 comments Sales of semiconductors used in smart electricity meters are projected to grow to $1.1 billion in 2016 from $505.6 million in 2011, due to rapid growth expected for the devices, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
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.