Open-Silicon takes broad ARM license News & Analysis 9/28/2011 2 comments Open-Silicon Inc. has signed a multi-year comprehensive licensing agreement for a broad portfolio of processor cores and related intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc.
Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait Blog 9/28/2011 4 comments Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
EDA/IP Roundup Blog 9/27/2011 Post a comment There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
Atmel to acquire ADD Semiconductor News & Analysis 9/27/2011 2 comments Chip vendor Atmel signed a definitive agreement to acquire power line chip vendor Advanced Digital Designfor an undisclosed amount, the company said.
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY News & Analysis 9/27/2011 40 comments A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Elpida has 4-Gbit DRAM in 25-nm process Product News 9/27/2011 2 comments Elpida Memory Inc. has said it has completed development of the industry's first 25-nm process 4-Gbit DDR3 synchronous DRAM. The company claims the part is also the smallest 4-Gbit DRAM yet produced.
XP Power VEH series power supplies Product News 9/27/2011 Post a comment Extending XP Power's V-Brand product range aimed at high-volume, cost-sensitive applications, the series consists of 5 power levels, providing 20, 40, 60, 90 or 120 Watt output.
Tower, Presto offer SiGe test services News & Analysis 9/27/2011 Post a comment Specialist foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd, which trades under the name TowerJazz, has announced collaboration with Presto Engineering Inc. to provide engineering services to customers using Tower's silicon-germanium process technology.
Wind River helps Leadcore run Android on ARM News & Analysis 9/27/2011 6 comments Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc News & Analysis 9/27/2011 25 comments As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Faster than the speed of light? Engineering Pop Culture! 9/26/2011 44 comments In the scientists at CERN really have detected particles travelling faster than the speed of light, the ramifications are incredible…
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins Special Report 9/26/2011 8 comments Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Hurray for us space primates! The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/26/2011 3 comments There have been all sorts of interesting news items recently, from new rockets to strange exoplanets to the possibility that some things may go faster than the speed of light…
Travel Nightmares: Cutting it fine Engineering Pop Culture! 9/26/2011 3 comments Traveling can always mean problems and in our continuing series about travel nightmares, David Ashton recounts one of his problematic journeys...
PMIC startup raises $11 million News & Analysis 9/26/2011 1 comment Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
Trident to cut 20% of staff to lower costs News & Analysis 9/26/2011 8 comments Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of chips for TVs and set-top boxes, has announced that it plans to lay off about 275 employees out of a total of 1,275 so that is can lower its financial breakeven point.
Entropic invests $10M in Zenverge News & Analysis 9/26/2011 Post a comment Entropic has invested $10 million in video specialist Zenverge, and plans to start jointly selling chips and working on future integrated devices for home networks.
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.