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.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More News & Analysis 5/22/2014 1 comment Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth News & Analysis 5/15/2014 6 comments The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Managing Vehicle Networking Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
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.
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.
Power Tip 66: Reduce EMI From an Offline Power Supply Cost-Effectively Blog 12/24/2013 Post a comment The obvious ways to reduce emissions are to reduce the amplitude of the switching voltage waveform, to divert the current with a shield or capacitor, and/or to add a series impedance. We apply the first two techniques to demonstrate we can build a low-power, AC input adapter to meet EMI emissions without a common-mode inductor.
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.
Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws News & Analysis 10/31/2013 68 comments With gag orders, code reviews locked in windowless rooms, and a car attached to a dynamometer, Bookout v Toyota had enough engineering intrigue to make a good thriller. But what the experts found was serious stuff. Here's how they showed the defects that cause unintended acceleration.
Nice Circuit, Ugly Schematic Blog 10/21/2013 33 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.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns News & Analysis 10/7/2013 19 comments Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
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?
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.