Black Hat USA 2014: Breaking Stuff Is Fun
Blog 6/30/2014 1 comment
The Black Hat conference offers system designers and embedded systems engineers a chance to pick up the latest security information, marvel at hackers' ingenuity, and learn practical tips and tactics for beating them at their own game.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
News & Analysis 6/30/2014 6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
Blog 6/27/2014 32 comments
The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
News & Analysis 6/27/2014 9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Too Many IoT Standards, or Too Few?
Blog 6/26/2014 10 comments
Interoperability and the easy exchange of data are major concerns in the buildup of the Internet of Things. We need a set of commonly accepted standards, but which ones do we choose and how?
Intel Future Showcase Is Solar, Secure, 3D
Slideshow 6/26/2014 3 comments
The Intel Future Showcase looked at how the intersection of hardware for mobile devices and the IoT will power innovation. From advanced tablets to connected prototyping boards and smart cars, the company hopes the future will be a more secure and immersive experience.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
News & Analysis 6/26/2014 8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Though Still Viewed as Hype, IoT Gaining Engineers' Attention
Slideshow 6/26/2014 15 comments
Design engineers may view today’s Internet of Things (IoT) as still too unreliable, difficult-to-use, unconfigurable, insecure, standard-less, and the source of unnecessary user frustration. But 50% of embedded engineers say that it is very or extremely important to their product strategies today.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report
News & Analysis 6/26/2014 6 comments
Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release
News & Analysis 6/25/2014 23 comments
At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.
Google I/O: Pressure Is On
Blog 6/25/2014 1 comment
Amazon, Apple, and Samsung all made moves this month to neutralize Google. Here are four things the Internet titan should do at Google I/O this week to fight back.
Hot Chips 26 Heats Up
Blog 6/25/2014 5 comments
Hot Chips, where the semiconductor industry struts new stuff, focuses on the IoT, with big announcements expected from Applied Micro, Nvidia, Oracle, and interesting smaller companies.
MEMS Microphones Busting Out All Over
Slideshow 6/24/2014 16 comments
Once portrayed as a dead-end market destined to become a mere commodity where the most important parameter was cost, MEMS microphones today are driven by smartphones/tablets/laptops with IoT/wearables/automotive quickening pace. MEMS mics' added value has no bound in sight.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Intel Massive Parallel Upgrades Due
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 8 comments
Intel ups the ante in supercomputer processors by boosting Xeon Phi from 1 to 3 teraflops, adding an on-chip optical fiber interface and 16 Gbytes of 3D hybrid memory cube jointly developed with Micron.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 Post a comment
Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
News & Analysis 6/19/2014 2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Wearables Get a New Interface
Blog 6/17/2014 1 comment
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
Exploring the PSoC 4
Blog 6/16/2014 31 comments
The PSoC architecture sits somewhere between an MCU and an FPGA. In addition to a processor core, it contains programmable analog and digital fabric.
Intel, Dell Ride SDN Into Telcos
News & Analysis 6/16/2014 6 comments
To handle the explosion of data in a more effective way, several service providers are advocating for a move to virtual networks driven by software and spearheaded by the telecommunications industry.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All
Blog 6/13/2014 2 comments
China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
Of World Cup & 10nm
Blog 6/13/2014 6 comments
How is the economics of hosting the World Cup justified when the stadiums will be left empty after the World Cup championship finishes? I see a parallel in the semiconductor industry building fabs.
Intel Goes Wireless With Resonant Power
News & Analysis 6/12/2014 13 comments
Intel announced a technology licensing agreement with wireless charging company WiTricity, further driving adoption of magnetic resonance technology. While consumer acceptance of wireless charging currently suffers because of a lack of standardization, Intel may provide the big name appeal to push loosely coupled coil charging.