4K Rides USB-C for Handsets News & Analysis 3/14/2016 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor and MediaTek have eyes on 4K ultra-high definition for mobile devices. People are already streaming 4K video from their smartphones, but demand for content and data requires fast new connections.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint Slideshow 3/10/2016 7 comments Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
19 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/5/2016 3 comments Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Philips' $3 billion Lumileds Deal Blocked by US News & Analysis 1/25/2016 Post a comment Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has announced that a deal to sell an 80.1 percent interest in Lumileds, a vendor of LED-based lighting, has been terminated, because of concerns within the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
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.
Alliance Fast Tracks Ethernet Standards, Products News & Analysis 12/10/2015 Post a comment A year after forming, the NBASE-T Alliance is speeding up the
development and standardization Ethernet specifications with the IEEE 802.3bz standard. On its one-year anniversary, the group announced a new MAC-PHY specification and the addition of 14 new members.
3D Printers Spit out Small PCBs Slideshow 11/22/2015 6 comments Two companies showed 3D printers that can make small printed circuit boards and others including Qualcomm showed advances in plastic electronics at an IDTechEx event here.
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.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10 News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
60 GHz Tested for 5G Backhaul News & Analysis 9/16/2015 Post a comment The XHaul Project, a €7.3 million euro program based in Bristol, UK, will test millimeter wave backhaul and fiber optic networks for 5G cellular networks.
Apple Unveils New Chips For Mobile News & Analysis 9/9/2015 2 comments Apple rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium -- a 7,000 person capacity arena in downtown San Francisco -- to unveil a handful of devices that are much, much smaller. The company’s new iPad and iPhone will run new processors with an updated architecture.
Facebook Likes 100G at $1/G News & Analysis 8/28/2015 2 comments Web giant Facebook has helped define a short, reach 100 Gbit/second optical Ethernet transceiver that can hit $1/Gbit costs in volume.
Graphene Lights Up Chips News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths News & Analysis 7/17/2015 Post a comment A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Bell Labs Plugs in to the Network News & Analysis 7/9/2015 Post a comment The famed Bell Labs is not dead, President Marcus Weldon said. While some may think the multi-Nobel Prize winning research institute has fallen from glory in the past few years, the Alcatel-Lucent facility has kicked networking research into high gear.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts News & Analysis 6/25/2015 2 comments Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017 News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4 Blog 6/17/2015 Post a comment The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
22 Views of an Augmented World Slideshow 6/12/2015 2 comments This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class News & Analysis 5/15/2015 Post a comment Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed News & Analysis 5/2/2015 Post a comment On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens News & Analysis 4/29/2015 Post a comment In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
Samsung Details its Flex Display News & Analysis 4/22/2015 1 comment Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications News & Analysis 4/2/2015 3 comments The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR Blog 3/26/2015 9 comments When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
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.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
18 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.