How Intel can use wireless charging to attack ARM
Blog 8/30/2012 19 comments
Intel is gearing up to make wireless charging part of its mobile computing offering. Linking computers to mobile phones wirelessly could be used not only to charge up phones but also to supercharge Intel's mobile business strategy.
Intel energizes wireless charging effort
News & Analysis 8/30/2012 9 comments
Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology to make transmitter and receiver ICs to implement Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology.
Designing MEMS driver ASIC for contact lens sensor
Design How-To 8/28/2012 4 comments
Glaucoma is an eye disease affecting about 4 percent of the population over 40 years of age which can lead to blindness unless treated early. One of the symptoms of glaucoma is an increased intraocular pressure. Passive and active strain gauges embedded in the Sensimed Triggerfish silicone lens monitor fluctuations in intraocular pressure through variations in diameter of the eye. The patient wears Sensimed's Triggerfish for up to 24 hours and undertakes normal activities including sleep periods
Robo-chef cooks up a storm
Blog 8/27/2012 9 comments
China is building an army of robots - chef robots that is. In the face of rising labor costs, Chinese restaurateur Cui Runguan has cooked up “Chef Cui,” a robot chef that can slice noodles all day long without breaking a sweat.
Neil Armstrong, First Man
Blog 8/26/2012 17 comments
Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday (Aug. 25), wasn't interested talking about himself. Like any good engineer, he was focused on working with unknowns and solving problems.
Sematech makes EUV mask progress
News & Analysis 8/15/2012 3 comments
Semiconductor industry consortium Sematech has announced it has made significant defect reductions in mask blanks for extreme ultraviolet lithography, a step towards enabling high volume manufacturing at smaller geometries using the next-generation lithography.
Freescale MEMS sensors target mobile
News & Analysis 8/14/2012 Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a smaller, cheaper MEMS device that doesn't compromise on accuracy, noise and power specifications for the next-generation of low-cost smartphones and tablets.
Curiosity rover gets 'brain transplant'
News & Analysis 8/13/2012 10 comments
Mission managers were completing a software update that will allow the Curiosity rover on Mars to begin exploring Gale Crater. Meanwhile, high-resolution images of the landing site are being sent back to Earth.
IBM observes spintronic waltz
Research 8/12/2012 7 comments
Researchers from IBM Research and the university ETH, both based in Zurich, have reported the observation of a persistent spin helix in a semiconductor, which they claim could have implications for information storage and processing.
Report: Intel preps wireless charging
News & Analysis 8/10/2012 2 comments
Intel may offer internally developed resonant wireless charging to improve the attractiveness of mobile equipment based on its chips such as Intel-based ultrabooks and smartphones, according to a Digitimes report that referenced unnamed sources.
Startup works with NASA to develop low mass lighting
News & Analysis 8/8/2012 Post a comment
Arizona's NthDegree Technologies has signed an agreement with NASA for the development of a "low mass, low power" light source based on its development of inorganic printed and flexible semiconductors for lighting, photovoltaics and energy storage.
Solar powered soldiers
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 8/2/2012 3 comments
MC10, a startup specializing in flexible electronics, has signed a one year contract with the US Army to develop and test solar cell technology for military use.
From small contributions come big successes
Blog 8/2/2012 1 comment
STMicroelectronics' modest contributions to the search for the Higgs boson and, with it, the origins of our universe illustrates how technology companies can expand human knowledge while delivering useful products.
Sharp to slash 5,000 jobs
News & Analysis 8/2/2012 10 comments
Japan's Sharp Corp. reported a significantly wider fiscal first quarter loss and unveiled its intention to cut 5,000 jobs by the end of March 2013. This will be the company's first personal downsizing since 1950.
Startup raises $30 million to bring MRAM to market
News & Analysis 8/1/2012 11 comments
A Moscow-headquartered investor has helped MRAM startup Avalanche Technology close a third round of equity funding at $30 million. The money will be used to "productize" the company's technology, which the firm says is ready for action in applications such as solid-state drives.