EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
Blog 10/31/2016 1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
19 Views of Sensors Expo
Slideshow 6/24/2016 1 comment
A walk around the Sensor Expo show floor revealed a widely diverse market of companies, technologies and markets seeking more integrated, lower cost components.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
Blog 5/17/2016 Post a comment
In the a previous blog, we discussed some of the challenges when designing AC/DC adapters for USB Type-C power delivery (PD). In that article, we focused on an adapter with a single Type-C output connector. In this article, we’ll examine the complexities introduced when architecting a multi-port Type-C adapter.
Paying, Building 5G for Autos
News & Analysis 4/22/2016 Post a comment
Industry experts at the Brooklyn 5G Summit expect, unsurprisingly, that 5G will play a major role in the future of automotive communications. Just how next-generation cellular systems will help form autonomous or automated driver assistance is still being constructed.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
News & Analysis 1/21/2016 9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Will Cars Get On The 48 V Bus?
Blog 10/15/2015 15 comments
Increasing electrical demands in cars are straining the 12 Volt supply. Going to a higher voltage such a 42 V is a possible solution but also brings a new set of technical and logistics problems.
7 Robots…At Your Service
Slideshow 9/26/2015 Post a comment
Service robots may be the next big thing according to entrepreneurs who showed their designs targeting a range of consumer and commercial uses.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Nanotech Hub Targets 7nm, Beyond
Slideshow 8/27/2015 2 comments
We toured the College of Nanoscience and Engineering, part of a State University of New York campus, a hub for advanced semiconductor manufacturing research in areas such as lithography, 450mm wafers, and new materials as well as photonics, biotech and workforce development.
5 Solar Power Tech Trends To Watch in 2015
Blog 7/20/2015 1 comment
Increasing the proportion of energy produced by solar power, also known as photovoltaic (PV) technology, is widely touted as a key component in the worldwide drive to slow down or even reverse global warming and reduce our carbon footprint. Here are five technology trends to watch in the solar market for 2015.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit
News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment
Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Robotic Vacuum Keeps it Simple
Blog 5/15/2015 1 comment
The man who oversaw electronics design on Dyson’s first robotic vacuum cleaner came to Silicon Valley this week to deliver a blunt message: keep it simple and test relentlessly.
Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 3 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.