Missing sensor hits global automakers, say IHS
News & Analysis 3/28/2011 17 comments
Japanese and global automotive production is being hit by the lack of an airflow sensor, according market research firm IHS Automotive. Global automobile production is likely to see a further marked drop in vehicle production – beyond that due to missing Japanese production – within a matter of weeks, the analyst said.
Motion sensing for smart consumer devices
News & Analysis 3/27/2011 1 comment
STMicroelectronics has released the first details of its iNEMO Engine, which features advanced filtering and predictive software engine to integrate the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer.
Researchers integrate silicon, III-V
News & Analysis 3/24/2011 3 comments
Toyohashi University of Technology researchers claim to have solved the lattice mismatch problem between silicon and III-V materials, thereby enabling future integration of optics onto silicon chips.
Wireless BAN research project aims at health
Research 3/23/2011 2 comments
A European consortium lead by CSEM (Neuchatel, Switzerland) has launched the WiserBAN project, with the objective of developing ultra-miniature RF microsystems for wireless Body Area Networks (BAN). The work is aimed primarily at wearable and implanted devices for health-care, biomedical, wellness and lifestyle applications.
ZTE claims 10-Tbps data transmission record
News & Analysis 3/23/2011 2 comments
Chinese telecommunications equipment company ZTE Corp. claims to have broken the world record for a single-channel data transmission with a rate of 10 terabits per second over 640-kilometers of optical fiber. This is the equivalent of sending 160 high definition movies every second.
Expanding options for design with SiGe
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 3/21/2011 Post a comment
When it comes to developing the highest performance, most reliable, yet cost-effective products for leading-edge applications, design engineers in the RF/microwave industry need and want options
Organic photovoltaic startup appoints CEO
News & Analysis 3/19/2011 6 comments
Eight19 Ltd., a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells, has announced the appointment of Simon Bransfield-Garth as its chief executive officer.
Capacitive sensing applications widen
Design How-To 3/18/2011 3 comments
HMI technologies have gone through a paradigm shift. This article highlights the importance of capacitive sensing in HMI evolution as well as applications beyond automotive infotainment systems.
Intel ramps hardware-software codesign research
Research 3/17/2011 5 comments
A hardware-software codesign project being conducted within Intel Labs Europe is going well – so well that Intel is not prepared to say much about it but has quadrupled the number of researchers on the project.
Academics scale PCM with carbon nanotubes
Research 3/14/2011 5 comments
Non-volatile memory bits can be made by applying phase-change memory material to previously created gaps in carbon nanotube filamentary conductors, according to a paper published by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
Bridgelux claims 'silicon' LED is commercial
News & Analysis 3/9/2011 1 comment
Bridgelux Inc., a developer of semiconductor technology for solid-state lighting, has said it has demonstrated a light output of 135 lumens per watt from a GaN-on-Si LED. The company claimed that this is the first achievement of "commercial grade" performance from a silicon substrate LED, but said it may take two to three years for products based on the technology to come to market.
Senate tables patent reform amendment
News & Analysis 3/3/2011 18 comments
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to table an amendment proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein that would have largely defeated a major patent reform bill being debated in Congress.
Momentum builds for directed self-assembly
News & Analysis 3/2/2011 8 comments
Directed self-assembly—a technology that was virtually unknown outside of research labs a few years ago—has emerged as a legitimate contender for use in future semiconductor manufacturing.
Intel's Gargini sees tunnel FET as transistor option
Research 3/1/2011 7 comments
Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow and chairman of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) used a talk at the Industry Strategy Symposium Europe held here by the SEMI industry organization, to discuss the prospect of a field effect transistor combined with quantum tunneling as a means of reducing power consumption while maintaining adequate performance.