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.