Aurix architecture enhances power train and safety applications
Design How-To 5/31/2012 1 comment
Infineon recently introduced its 32-bit multicore architecture Aurix. This new high-performance MCU platform meets the requirements for automotive power train and safety applications. The first devices based on three TriCore cores not only excel with outstanding performance data but also with sophisticated test and debug tools.
Back to Basics: Wireless charging
Design How-To 5/31/2012 6 comments
The concept of wirelessly charging devices has been around for a while, but is now rapidly gaining interest to make it more flexible and useable. But what are the different techniques available, and what are the design challenges an engineer needs to deal with?
Freescale pushes wireless recharge
News & Analysis 5/31/2012 15 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's reference designs for recharging tablets and smartphones allow automobiles, airports, coffee shops and other public areas to supply almost invisible recharging stations built into tables, kiosks or nearly any horizontal surface.
Mentor, ST support French nanoelectronics research
Research 5/28/2012 1 comment
EDA company Mentor Graphics and chip firm STMicroelectronics are joining with French government agencies and a number of companies with operations in the Grenoble region of France to form a nanoelectronics program within the Grenoble Institute of Technological Research.
MEMS wafer maker Okmetic outsources amid SOI push
News & Analysis 5/28/2012 1 comment
Okmetic Oyj a manufacturer of silicon wafers for sensor, semiconductor and solar applications, has begun outsourcing wafer manufacture even as it is expanding its factory at its Finland headquarters to make more silicon-on-insulator wafers.
High-G MEMS help detect concussions
News & Analysis 5/24/2012 8 comments
Analog Devices has crafted a MEMS sensor that is says can help detect concussion symptoms when they happen, giving doctors time to administer preventative therapies.
IndyCar safety harnesses MEMS
News & Analysis 5/23/2012 9 comments
IndyCar designers are improving safety using MEMS sensors fitted in a driver's ear piece to record crash data. The resulting analytics could help reduce injuries like concussions for astronauts as well as race drivers.
Memristor is 200 years old, say academics
Blog 5/23/2012 8 comments
Professor Leon Chua, the originator of the term memristor, has joined forces with Professor Christofer Toumazou and Themistoklis Prodromakis, both of Imperial College London, to demonstrate that such variable resistance behavior has been observed for more than 200 years.
ST works with startup on 'permanent' in-ear audio
News & Analysis 5/22/2012 14 comments
STMicroelectronics has announced that it is working with startup company Soundchip on an in-ear audio accessory that allows the wearer to switch between multiple audio sources – such as music, phone calls and real-world ambient sound or conversation – using voice commands or gesture recognition.
UK researchers follow silicon-oxide ReRAM route
News & Analysis 5/22/2012 23 comments
Researchers from University College London have developed a silicon oxide based resistive RAM by following a promising line of research similar to that pursued by teams at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Living virus generates electricity
News & Analysis 5/18/2012 6 comments
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have discovered a way to genetically engineer a living virus to be piezoelectric, enabling self-assembling arrays of them to produce enough electricity to power small electronic devices.
Samsung researchers propose graphene barristor device
News & Analysis 5/18/2012 8 comments
A research team from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Yongin, Korea) has proposed a novel three-terminal device that could overcome previous problems integrating graphene into circuits. The term barristor comes from running together "variable barrier transistor."
ST sues InvenSense alleging patent infringement
News & Analysis 5/18/2012 5 comments
STMicrolectronics NV has filed a complaint in the Northern District of California alleging that InvenSense Inc., a supplier of motion tracking components based on MEMS technology, infringes nine ST patents, InvenSense said Thursday (May 17).
PPS messaging connects HTML5 and hardware
Design How-To 5/17/2012 Post a comment
HMIs developed with HTML5 reside in a high-level, virtualized environment but still need to access hardware. In mobile devices, for example, they need to retrieve the device orientation and, if there are GPS or accelerometer chips, information these chips provide for applications that use geo-location. In-vehicle systems need to retrieve even more information from low-level components such as the CAN bus, GPIO pins, and I2C and SPI devices. Persistent Publish/Subscribe (PPS) provides a simple, e
Intel's FinFETs are less fin and more triangle
News & Analysis 5/17/2012 19 comments
Reverse engineering and analysis consultancy Chipworks Inc. has posted cross-sections of parts of the 22-nm Ivy Bridge processor that has revealed that the FinFETs, which Intel calls tri-gate transistors, are in fact trapezoidal, almost triangular, in shape.
IMEC to detail memristor progress at VLSI Symposia
News & Analysis 5/14/2012 17 comments
The Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) will report next month on progress to make its memristor variation, called resistive-RAMs (RRAM), the dominate memory technology in four papers at the VLSI Symposia in Honolulu.
ST shines in MEMS rankings, says IHS
News & Analysis 5/11/2012 Post a comment
Texas Instruments and Hewlett Packard Co. retained the number 1 and 2 positions in the ranking of MEMS suppliers by sales revenue in 2011, despite each suffering sales slides of 4 percent, according to market research company IHS.
IDT 4M piezoelectric MEMS oscillators
Product News 5/11/2012 2 comments
Integrated Device Technology has announced what it claims to be the world's first crystal free piezoelectric MEMS LVDS/LVPECL oscillators for high-performance communications, consumer, cloud, and industrial applications.