Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 2 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Robots Assemble in Silicon Valley
Slideshow 4/6/2015 1 comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
News & Analysis 2/16/2015 4 comments
Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
News & Analysis 1/12/2015 8 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly
News & Analysis 12/8/2014 6 comments
Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Ethernet for Drive-by-Wire?
News & Analysis 12/8/2014 22 comments
Ethernet is gaining momentum as an in-vehicle network. But beyond being the A/V network for in-vehicle infotainment systems, what’s the potential impact of Ethernet on the whole car? Opinions vary.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
News & Analysis 10/14/2014 8 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
News & Analysis 10/8/2014 16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
Blog 9/15/2014 2 comments
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance
News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments
The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
What Next? Robot Cemeteries?
Blog 8/6/2014 15 comments
Japan daily discovers more unintended consequences associated with the aging population of pet robots. It's hard enough to see your parents age. It's equally hard to see your pet robot grow old.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
News & Analysis 8/4/2014 7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
Pi in the Sky Over New York
News & Analysis 7/30/2014 15 comments
Residents of the five boroughs (and even that far away land, New Jersey) viewed the intersection of science and nature earlier this month, with skyscraper-sized cryptic message causing many eyes to gaze upward.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
News & Analysis 6/27/2014 9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Make Way for Autonomous Cars
News & Analysis 6/17/2014 1 comment
Google's recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it's hardly a new idea within the auto industry.
Intel, Dell Ride SDN Into Telcos
News & Analysis 6/16/2014 6 comments
To handle the explosion of data in a more effective way, several service providers are advocating for a move to virtual networks driven by software and spearheaded by the telecommunications industry.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
News & Analysis 4/23/2014 1 comment
Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog 4/18/2014 44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
News & Analysis 4/1/2014 20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
News & Analysis 3/31/2014 11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
News & Analysis 2/18/2014 29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
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.