Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
10 Top IoT Stories of 2013
News & Analysis 1/8/2014 5 comments
Internet of Things articles on security, low-cost dev boards, Intel's Quark, and reports from a handful of conferences won the most clicks in 2013.
10 Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Slideshow 1/2/2014 12 comments
Design News's latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles, and some that emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
13 Top Test Events of 2013
Slideshow 12/26/2013 3 comments
Events, standards, openings, and the splitting of Agilent Technologies topped the list of significant moments in test for 2013.
Check Out the CEO's Paycheck
Slideshow 12/25/2013 88 comments
Across the world, the economics of commerce show that executive officers in large companies make substantially more than the average worker. Click to the next page to read what some of the top semiconductor companies are paying their chief executive officers.
11 Inexpensive Portable Test Tools
Slideshow 12/24/2013 25 comments
Toy or test bench? For professional or tinkerer (or both)? Those are questions engineers have to ask when looking at these low-cost, portable test and measurement tools from 2013.
Building a Better Human
Slideshow 12/23/2013 7 comments
Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they're replacing, or even improve them.
Best of Silicon Valley: Music Venues
Slideshow 12/11/2013 10 comments
The southern San Francisco Bay Area is be known for its plethora of startups and high-tech giants, as the creative hub behind many of the devices we use daily, but rarely is it heralded for its live music scene. We're here to debunk the myth that all the "good venues" are only in San Francisco and the East Bay.
Sensor Showcase From Japan With Love
Slideshow 11/22/2013 18 comments
At Embedded Technology 2013, vendors were talking up M2M, sensors, energy harvesting ICs, battery-less wireless connectivity, HTML browsers, and big data -- all thrown together as a solution.
Sony PS4 Goes Monolithic, Says Chipworks
Slideshow 11/15/2013 17 comments
The PS4 uses a single die CPU/GPU and one main shared 8GB memory array. We therefore expected to see a single die under the main processor package, with no separate DRAM die in package, and no embedded DRAM on the main die. This is indeed what we have found. A huge monolithic die of 20 x 20mm.
Slideshow: The Evolution of Robots, Part 1
Slideshow 10/24/2013 4 comments
The robot industry is exploding, from fun applications to safety-critical ones. Here is a two-part slideshow on the Evolution of Robots. Part 1 highlights robots, except for the last entry, that were introduced during 2013.
TSMC Shows Path to 16nm, Beyond
News & Analysis 10/2/2013 39 comments
Chip bellwether TSMC detailed its steady progress on its 20 and 16nm nodes, but said little about the expected costs increases they will carry.
Qualcomm’s Naked EV Ambition
Slideshow 9/10/2013 11 comments
When FIA launches the electric-car competition in 2014 as an alternative to Formula 1, Qualcomm will be first in line, serving as a technology partner to the Formula E championship.
Big Iron Shines at Hot Chips
Slideshow 8/29/2013 6 comments
IBM and Oracle showed competing Power 8 and M6 server CPUs at the annual Stanford event where Microsoft and others put in a few surprises.
The Archives of Factory Automation
Slideshow 8/29/2013 7 comments
I love slideshows. Here’s one on what automated manufacturing, robotics, the factory floor, automotive, and production used to look like. Can you imagine working in these environments today?