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.
Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
Blog 12/20/2013 30 comments
Virgin Galatic is gearing up for the first commercial space flight in 2014 with 660 tickets sold at $250,000 each for four minutes in microgravity.
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.
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.
Will Rohm's Fuel Cell Gambit Pay Off?
News & Analysis 11/11/2013 13 comments
Among a handful of promising companies whose hearts were set on the portable fuel cell market, Japan's Rohm has recently become the first to blink. Although not ditching its nascent fuel cell business, Rohm decided to change focus.
EE Times Community Weighs In on Toyota Case
News & Analysis 11/7/2013 27 comments
EE Times readers took Toyota’s unintended acceleration case to heart. After all, Toyota’s failures, pointed out by the expert witnesses, aren’t just Toyota’s problems. Its failures are relevant to all the hard choices engineers make.
Oklahoma Jury to Deliberate Toyota Acceleration Case
News & Analysis 10/24/2013 9 comments
The focus of the Toyota case in Oklahoma is on software and electronics used in the electronic throttle control, rather than the entanglement of the accelerator pedal with a floor mat, which Toyota previously cited as the cause of accidents.
Nice Circuit, Ugly Schematic
Blog 10/21/2013 35 comments
The wiring schematic is a standard part of a design’s "reveal." When it is done with the right engineering esthetic, it reflects well on the design and the designer.
IDT CEO Shuffle: Why & What Next?
News & Analysis 10/14/2013 31 comments
When Ted Tewksbury suddenly retired as CEO of Integrated Device Technology seven weeks ago, neither he nor the company explained what happened, or why.
Meters That Measure Magnetics
News & Analysis 10/9/2013 1 comment
Gaussmeters and fluxmeters let you measure magnetic fields if you have the right meter, the right probes, and the right technique.
Unlocking the Keyless Car Future
Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/2/2013 33 comments
For just about everything we do these days, “there's an app for that.” Is the car key destined to become one more little tile on a smartphone screen?
Automotive Evolution – 1 Step at a Time
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/23/2013 25 comments
While at an event, I learned Google and Tesla – both tech companies with no traditional automotive ties – are very much admired but also viewed as a thorn in the side of Detroit’s automakers.
Qualcomm’s Naked EV Ambition
Slideshow 9/10/2013 11 comments
When FIA launches the electric-car competition in 2014 as an alternative to Formula 1, Qualcomm will be first in line, serving as a technology partner to the Formula E championship.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
News & Analysis 9/9/2013 45 comments
Tesla Motors’ recent five-star sweep in NHTSA safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
ST Hawks Smallest MEMS Compass
News & Analysis 8/2/2013 4 comments
STMicroelectronics calls its LSM303C, combining a three-axis magnetometer and a three-axis accelerometer in a 16-bit, 2x2mm package, the world's smallest MEMS compass.
Japan to Form Power Device Initiative
News & Analysis 7/31/2013 11 comments
Unlike the CE market, there are no established testing procedures for power devices used in vehicles or other high-voltage, high-current infrastructure equipment. It could result in life and death issues, warned an Advantest executive.
Ethics in the Workplace
Blog 7/29/2013 64 comments
Sometimes work can throw you an ethical challenge, and the right and wrong of it are not always black and white. That's when you have to step back and do some non-engineering thinking.