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.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
News & Analysis 8/28/2014 14 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies
News & Analysis 8/26/2014 9 comments
The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
Wearables for Video Capture Smart Glasses Debate
News & Analysis 8/18/2014 4 comments
Pivothead’s HD video glasses are more honest about intent when compared to Google Glass, an executive said. The sporty glasses exclusively capture pictures, voice, and video but forsake a heads-up display.
Acer Chromebook Breaks New Ground
News & Analysis 8/11/2014 12 comments
Acer on Monday announced the Chromebook 13, a family of laptops meant to tempt the budget- and performance-minded buyer. The Chromebook 13 is among the first to use a Tegra K1 processor under its hood.
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.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst
News & Analysis 8/1/2014 29 comments
A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Has Sharp Dug Itself Out?
News & Analysis 8/1/2014 7 comments
Helped by demand for small and midsized LCD panels, Sharp reported for the latest April-June quarter an operating profit of 4.6 billion yen, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 3 comments
Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record
News & Analysis 7/30/2014 22 comments
An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems
News & Analysis 7/23/2014 3 comments
Silicon photonics will someday replace the expensive gallium arsenide photonics components used today, but all the subsystems have to be created in silicon, which Imec is doing one-by-one.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
Blog 7/22/2014 4 comments
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 2 comments
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M
News & Analysis 7/14/2014 Post a comment
In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
3D Tetrapod Quantum Dots Outperform
News & Analysis 7/11/2014 2 comments
Tetrapod quantum dots offer brighter more colorful organic light emitting diode displays as well as anti-counterfeiting capabilities for currency, microchips, 3-D printed objects and nearly anything else.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 11 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Intel Future Showcase Is Solar, Secure, 3D
Slideshow 6/26/2014 3 comments
The Intel Future Showcase looked at how the intersection of hardware for mobile devices and the IoT will power innovation. From advanced tablets to connected prototyping boards and smart cars, the company hopes the future will be a more secure and immersive experience.
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.
Wearables Get a New Interface
Blog 6/17/2014 1 comment
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
Brazilian Telecoms Go LTE-A, Rural
News & Analysis 6/17/2014 4 comments
With the World Cup well underway, soccer fans and telecom companies are testing 4G infrastructure mandated by the Brazilian government to handle massive user increases. Officials are optimistic about the strength of wireless networks and, despite delays, are moving forward with LTE rollout.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
Slideshow 6/16/2014 11 comments
Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.