Obokata Scandal Puts Research in Peril
Blog 4/12/2014 30 comments
The STAP stem cell research scandal has exposed a number of important issues fundamental to science and the politics of science. Critically, it poses questions about the apparent lack of research rigor in Japan.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
News & Analysis 3/26/2014 6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis 3/20/2014 8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
Has Indoor Navigation Lost Its Way?
News & Analysis 3/14/2014 11 comments
In the MEMS market, indoor navigation seemed like a good bet just a few years ago, but times have changed. Now, it seems that smartphone makers may drop pressure sensors from their designs.
MEMS Panel Outlines Opportunity & Threat
News & Analysis 3/13/2014 1 comment
At the MEMS Executive Congress Europe show in Germany, panelists debated the latest developments in the field, including new opportunities, falling average selling prices, and how long it will take for the Internet of Things market to mature.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
Blog 2/27/2014 2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Tronics Prototypes Piezoresistive 6DOF Sensor
News & Analysis 2/26/2014 Post a comment
Tronics Microsystems SA (Grenoble, France) has designed and manufactured its first batch of 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips based on piezoresistive nanowire technology licensed from research institute CEA-Leti.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC
Blog 2/24/2014 10 comments
Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
Blog 2/19/2014 2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral
Blog 2/3/2014 6 comments
Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal
News & Analysis 2/1/2014 4 comments
Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Intel's Cough Gives Industry Flu
Blog 1/21/2014 18 comments
The world's biggest semiconductor vendor is slowing its move to 450mm wafers and cutting staff, potentially leaving a gap for others to fill to avoid a slowdown.
On Space, Gravity & Gratitude
Blog 11/27/2013 20 comments
The movie Gravity is a decent two-hour diversion for the holidays, but there are more delightful distractions that are more science and less fiction.
IBM Wins Gordon Bell Prize
News & Analysis 11/25/2013 5 comments
World's most complex simulation of cloud cavitation collapse was awarded the prestigious Gordon Bell prize at Supercomputer 2013 (SC13, Nov. 17-22, Denver).