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New DARPA Program Targets Bootleg Components
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   9 comments
Counterfeit components remain the scourge of electronics OEMs. The Pentagon is looking to the engineering community for a solution that will authenticate parts at any step in the supply chain.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
Google’s Project Ara: Who Are Real Targets?
Blog  
3/3/2014   16 comments
Call it a Lego phone, a modular phone, a DYI phone, or a totally customizable phone. Google's Project Ara is breaking a smartphone into modular pieces and letting people build custom phones.
Temperature Measurement Reference Design: Wide Range, Low Power
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   1 comment
In industrial settings, temperature is one of the most widely measured and transmitted elements -- but it can be a power-sucking exercise.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers
Blog  
2/25/2014   22 comments
The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
What’s Happening at SPIE?
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Google Ramps Up Chip Design
News & Analysis  
2/12/2014   35 comments
Evidence is mounting that Google is ramping up a broad and deep chip design capability, but its focus and timing are still unclear.
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog  
2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians
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2/10/2014   Post a comment
Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
News & Analysis  
2/7/2014   50 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Sony Dumps PCs, Splits TV Op, Cuts 5,000 Jobs
Blog  
2/6/2014   26 comments
Sony dumps its PC business, splits its TV division and cuts 5,000 jobs, and issues a fiscal warning. But lacking is clarity: We all know what Sony was, but what is it becoming?
Spansion, Post Merger, to Launch Auto SoC Mid-2014
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   19 comments
Spansion plans to home in on the automotive market by launching new SoC products, the first fruits of the acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU and analog businesses, in the middle of this year.
Expect India Fabs Green Lighted Within a Week
Blog  
2/4/2014   22 comments
The ball will start rolling at long last for the two semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India. Sources say the Indian government will give the green light within a week.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up
News & Analysis  
1/28/2014   4 comments
The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
Nvidia’s G-Sync Nears Gamers' Nirvana
Blog  
1/27/2014   11 comments
The Holy Grail in computer graphics and in particular games is the suspension of disbelief. If the graphics are good enough the player will become immersed and lose himself in the game.
Slashing Costs in 3D IC Wafer Process
News & Analysis  
1/27/2014   3 comments
AML has filed a patent for its newly developed vacuum wafer carrier solution, using carriers with etched micro-patterns that allow for a vacuum to be created between the carrier and the wafer to be processed.
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   2 comments
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
Why SoC Design Teams Still Struggle in a Connected World
Blog  
1/22/2014   5 comments
Global SoC design teams now have more ways to communicate with one another. Why, then, is it still so difficult to complete System-on-a-Chip designs?
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
Blog  
1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
Toyota Suddenly Accelerates Fuel-Cell Race
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   45 comments
Toyota announced at International CES that it will put on the road a mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2015.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   10 comments
Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
Would You Drive a Stop-Start Vehicle in 2014?
Blog  
12/30/2013   52 comments
So, what do you know about stop-start technology? Ever driven a stop-start car?
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
News & Analysis  
12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
Blog  
12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
News & Analysis  
12/18/2013   25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
How Do I...?
Blog  
12/17/2013   16 comments
What happens when design engineers get fed up with the hacked-together code or process they’ve used for the past two projects, and want to find a better way to do it?
‘Electrification Factor’ in Transportation
Blog  
12/16/2013   24 comments
Electric vehicles currently on the market represent a beneficial new direction in terms of sustainable, low-impact transportation. Yet the EV market today tends to obscure a much bigger picture as we pursue the "electrification of transportation."
We Drive Less: True or False?
News & Analysis  
12/12/2013   38 comments
The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Slideshow: Nissan's BladeGlider EV Aims for Efficiency, Performance
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12/10/2013   Post a comment
Nissan Motor Co. is taking the electric vehicle into new territory, rolling out an exotic-looking three-seat concept car that combines sustainability with racecar-like performance.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents
News & Analysis  
12/10/2013   11 comments
Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market
Blog  
12/10/2013   3 comments
Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
Qualcomm vs. Broadcom: Race on China’s BeiDou Nav System
News & Analysis  
12/9/2013   10 comments
China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system has become the biggest bone of contention in the Qualcomm vs. Broadcom competition to deliver more accurate positioning information to mobile devices.
2014 CES: Cool Gadgets for Fit Fashion
Slideshow  
12/9/2013   12 comments
For technology companies to showcase the power of multiple sensors and low-power wireless chips, there is no better medium than wearable devices.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
Why We Need Big Data & Connected Cars
Blog  
11/22/2013   16 comments
How we drive is set for major changes as the rise of advanced driver assistance systems, connected cars, and big data analytics make mobility quicker, safer, and greener.
Sensor Showcase From Japan With Love
Slideshow  
11/22/2013   18 comments
At Embedded Technology 2013, vendors were talking up M2M, sensors, energy harvesting ICs, battery-less wireless connectivity, HTML browsers, and big data -- all thrown together as a solution.
Omron: Never Underestimate Blood Pressure
News & Analysis  
11/21/2013   10 comments
To win the next-generation smart healthcare battle, Omron executive says it's important to know the types of data your technology must "sense, track, accumulate, and send" to doctors who are treating patients' lifestyle illnesses.
Ink-Jet Printing for OLED Displays Debuts
News & Analysis  
11/21/2013   5 comments
Startup Kateeva debuts its G8-sized Yieldjet tool for manufacturing organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays using ink-jet printer techniques.
Toyota Exec Is (a) Generic, (b) Skeptical, (c) Mum
News & Analysis  
11/20/2013   21 comments
A Toyota executive opened the Embedded Technology 2013 Conference Wednesday with a keynote speech that was distinguished by what was left out.
Can Embedded Development Work in the Cloud? Come Chat About It
Blog  
11/20/2013   9 comments
Cloud-based development tools are common for web applications, but could they work well for embedded systems development? Join our live chat to offer your opinions and insights.
Intrinsic-ID to Make Dropbox Secure for Business Users
News & Analysis  
11/20/2013   4 comments
Intrinsic-ID announced it is bringing a professional level of security to Dropbox users.
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