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.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 3 comments
Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
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.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments
Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Startup Expands 3D to the Room
News & Analysis 1/23/2015 Post a comment
With still 26 days to go, Kickstarter project Immersis from French startup Catopsys has almost reached its funding goal of USD100.000, promising to turn any room into a fully immersive 3D interactive environment.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly
News & Analysis 1/22/2015 Post a comment
Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
News & Analysis 1/21/2015 20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
AMD Upbeat Despite $330M Loss
News & Analysis 1/20/2015 1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices today announced revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 and year end. Despite large operating losses, AMD officials were hopeful about the company’s trajectory for 2015.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module
News & Analysis 1/7/2015 13 comments
Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
5 Bluetooth Devices for the Body at CES
Slideshow 1/6/2015 2 comments
Bluetooth Sig's pre-CES media event showcased the latest most interesting Bluetooth-enabled devices: wearables and fitness devices were the stars of the show, with a few neat medical applications making waves.
Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module
News & Analysis 12/18/2014 4 comments
Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments
Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT
News & Analysis 12/12/2014 35 comments
NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
Exclusive NIST Tour Shows Off Quantum Physics' ARTIQ
Slideshow 12/5/2014 1 comment
In part one of an exclusive interview, the National Institute for Science and Technology explains ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) -- an open-source control system for laser-cooled trapped ion experiments.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
News & Analysis 12/1/2014 11 comments
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
News & Analysis 11/13/2014 3 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes
News & Analysis 11/11/2014 3 comments
AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
Slideshow 10/17/2014 15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
Nanotube Field Emitters Beat OLEDs
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 15 comments
Like a cathode ray tube of old, nanotube field emitters energize a phosphorous display for flat-panel lighting that uses 100 times less energy than LEDs and is brighter than OLED panels.
Apple Debuts Next-Gen Tablets, PC
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 23 comments
Apple released updates to its iPad, PC, and operating systems during a live event today. The iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac, and Apple Mini may look the same but are powered by faster chips and with much better graphics.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
News & Analysis 10/7/2014 12 comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a U.S. professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize for their work on the blue light emitting diode that has made possible white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
EUV Needs a Plan B
Blog 9/15/2014 8 comments
Engineers need to squeeze every drop of life possible from semiconductor technology, but the current EUV light source program may be putting too much wood behind to risky a single arrow.
5G Research Rides MM Waves
News & Analysis 9/11/2014 Post a comment
Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge?
News & Analysis 9/4/2014 4 comments
Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Nokia Upgrades LTE-A Systems
News & Analysis 9/3/2014 2 comments
Nokia today announced upgrades to its network that would allow operators to migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company’s 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio with new TD-LTE-Advanced features aims to smooth the transition to more advanced networks as well as improve service in dense user environments.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix'
News & Analysis 9/3/2014 8 comments
It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
Slideshow 8/29/2014 4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.