ARM tips 'gods and giants' roadmap for 2012 News & Analysis 1/31/2012 8 comments Processor and related IP licensor ARM Holdings plc has disclosed the names, but little else, on the roadmap of cores it is working on in 2012 and revealed a gods and giants theme. The roadmap includes high performance processors, a low power microcontroller and graphics cores.
Elpida announces ReRAM chip, aims to enter market 2013 News & Analysis 1/25/2012 8 comments Struggling DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. has announced the development of a non-volatile resistance memory (ReRAM) prototype. The company said it plans to work with Sharp Corp. on commercialization with a view to volume production of a gigabit-scale ReRAM in 2013.
Samplify offers speed up for multicore processors News & Analysis 1/25/2012 Post a comment Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a startup fabless chip company with expertise in compression, has announced it can provide application acceleration technology called APAX that can more than double the performance of multicore processors.
MOST150 points to technology tipping point Design How-To 1/24/2012 Post a comment Carefully balancing technological possibilities, real market requirements, and economic considerations, it is important to show a clear cost-down technological roadmap. But several aspects need to be addressed, including data transport capacity (bitrate), physical media, and topology options.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks Product News 1/24/2012 Post a comment The MW8208A aims to help wireless network field technicians and engineers accurately and quickly locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM) either in the base station antenna system or in the surrounding environment.
Plastic memory firm signs partners for printed systems Research 1/24/2012 5 comments Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway), a developer of ferroelectric polarization polymer memory, has joined forces with a number of partners to develop a low-cost printed electronic sensor platform that could be used to monitor the temperature of perishable goods such as food and pharmaceuticals.
Auto show musings Automotive DesignLine Blog 1/23/2012 14 comments You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
TSMC process in trouble, says analyst News & Analysis 1/20/2012 21 comments Mike Bryant, technology analyst with Future Horizons Ltd. has said that foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is in trouble with its 28-nm manufacturing process technologies, which are not yet yielding well.
Leverage Ethernet to improve passenger safety, comfort, and convenience Design How-To 1/19/2012 4 comments As homes become more digitally sophisticated, consumers are developing higher expectations for connectivity and greater levels of safety and comfort in their home away from home—their vehicle. As a result, in-vehicle electronics are growing in number and complexity. Collision warning, comfort controls, infotainment, and advanced driver assistance are just some of today’s sophisticated and diverse applications generating an increasing need for bandwidth and connectivity within and between in-vehi
ST creates smart-home network of self-powered nodes News & Analysis 1/18/2012 4 comments STMicroelectronics NV has developed a platform for smart buildings called GreenNet that includes self-powered wireless sensor nodes that can be used to monitor a variety of parameters including temperature and movement.
Flexible OLED displays Research 1/17/2012 7 comments A program of research into flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays has begun at Holst Center (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium).
Memristor brouhaha bubbles under Blog 1/16/2012 30 comments Blaise Mouttet, of Arlington, Virginia, has published a theoretical paper on arXiv.org that seeks to demonstrate that much of the previously accepted wisdom about the memristor, just ain't necessarily so.
Baolab buried MEMS in production on CMOS line News & Analysis 1/16/2012 2 comments Baolab Microsystems SL (Barcelona, Spain) a startup pioneering the creation of MEMS within the metal interconnect layers of CMOS wafers, has announced that will offer evaluation kits for its tri-axis compass by the end of February 2012.
IBM reports on atomic magnetic memory News & Analysis 1/13/2012 9 comments Scientists from IBM Research have demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms. This is significantly less than today's disk drives, which use about one million atoms to store a single bit of information.
Ballmer foretells new era in computing, entertainment and smartphones in final Microsoft CES keynote News & Analysis 1/10/2012 6 comments Steve Ballmer’s delivery of the last Microsoft CES keynote, 17 years after Bill Gates first took to the stage in 1995 with a CES workshop, signified the end of an era, and the beginning of a new stage in Microsoft’s story, a stage in which it emerges fully from behind the WinTel duopoly and competes toe to toe in the smartphone, entertainment and mobile computing arenas, a competition defined as much by ecosystems as it is by technology.
NXP validates MEMS timing market News & Analysis 1/9/2012 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors legitimized the silicon oscillator market by demonstrating a resonator it claims is higher-frequency, lower noise and more stable than conventional MEMS resonators.
ST offers dual-function MEMS gyroscope Product News 1/6/2012 1 comment STMicroelectronics NV has introduced the L3G4IS MEMS gyroscope with two output paths; one optimized for user-interface functions and the other for image stabilization in cameras.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.