Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts News & Analysis 6/25/2015 2 comments Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Google Reveals Data Center Net Slideshow 6/18/2015 1 comment Google revealed details of Jupiter, its Openflow-based data center network as a leading example of traction for in software-defined networks.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4 Blog 6/17/2015 Post a comment The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
10nm Chips Promise Lower Costs Blog 6/15/2015 36 comments The challenges in the supply chain logistics for semiconductors continue to increase, but the 10nm node will give one more opportunity to gain large benefits from technology scaling.
22 Views of an Augmented World Slideshow 6/12/2015 2 comments This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
Samsung Ramps 10nm in 2016 News & Analysis 5/22/2015 9 comments Samsung said its 10nm FinFET process node will be in full production by the end of 2016 and offers “significant power, area, ad performance advantages.”
Vision Core Tightens its Focus News & Analysis 5/12/2015 Post a comment CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
Intel's 10nm Secrets Predicted News & Analysis 4/21/2015 11 comments Leapfrogging competitors to lower power chips, Intel will use quantum well FETs in a 10nm process next year using germanium and InGaAs, predicted a semiconductor analyst.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age News & Analysis 4/14/2015 6 comments Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance News & Analysis 3/26/2015 5 comments How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
EUV Makes Headway At Last Blog 3/24/2015 2 comments Research on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is making real progress, encouraging semiconductor makers to reconsider their road maps.
Robots Go Viral with DNA News & Analysis 3/24/2015 5 comments Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material News & Analysis 3/16/2015 10 comments Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
VR is New Reality at GDC Slideshow 3/5/2015 1 comment Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores News & Analysis 2/23/2015 4 comments EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
14 Views of Fujitsu’s Forum Slideshow 2/12/2015 Post a comment In its annual Silicon Valley forum, tech giant Fujitsu showed mainly software innovations ranging from realistic models of the heart to augmented reality wearable devices.
Google Glass Needed Better Vision Blog 2/6/2015 6 comments The failure of Google Glass taught lessons about connecting smart glasses to real applications where they can make a difference, says the head of the MEMS Industry Group.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015 Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
10 Eye-Opening IC Insights Slideshow 1/25/2015 1 comment The semiconductor industry will step ahead at a decent 7% growth pace in 2015, with foundries and fabless growing in double digits – but look out for 2018.
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges Blog 1/22/2015 Post a comment The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
Apple Seen from Above, Inside Blog 1/21/2015 3 comments Drone videographers are providing images of Apple's new headquarters under construction and an analyst released a report on the future of the A-series SoCs in its iPhones and iPads.
Beam Me Up, Print Me Out, Scotty Blog 1/20/2015 6 comments Astronauts and researchers have made advances that suggest the equivalent of the Star Trek transporter may already be at hand, according to the CTO of design firm Logic PD.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015 Slideshow 1/16/2015 2 comments Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
IoT Needs More Than Moore Blog 1/12/2015 1 comment The Internet of Things requires specialty processes, pioneered by smartphone chips, to create optimal IoT silicon, says a TSMC executive.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50 News & Analysis 1/8/2015 2 comments China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms News & Analysis 12/30/2014 9 comments Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT News & Analysis 12/22/2014 5 comments Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law News & Analysis 12/18/2014 19 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
11 Views of IEDM Slideshow 12/17/2014 4 comments This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine Blog 12/16/2014 2 comments DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator News & Analysis 12/9/2014 10 comments Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
Exclusive NIST Tour Shows Off Quantum Physics' ARTIQ Slideshow 12/5/2014 1 comment In part one of an exclusive interview, the National Institute for Science and Technology explains ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) -- an open-source control system for laser-cooled trapped ion experiments.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.