Renesas Getting Healthy with Healthcare
News & Analysis 5/18/2017 Post a comment
Renesas is pushing the company’s healthcare solutions. Its bio-sensing reference module, measuring 11x18 mm, coupled with software analytics, can continuously monitor blood pressure. Other home-grown technologies in the offing include Silicon-on-Thin-Box (SOTB) and wireless charging technology.
Google Revs Faster TPU
News & Analysis 5/17/2017 3 comments
Google announced a second-gen TPU packing twice the punch of the first, available as a service to run training and inference jobs for machine learning.
TI Sees New Exponential Drivers
Blog 2/6/2017 1 comment
Tomorrow’s exponential growth in semiconductors will be fueled by a combination of specialized processes and design methodologies as transistor scaling becomes increasingly expensive, said the chef technologist of Texas Instruments.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
News & Analysis 2/3/2017 14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
Infineon: What Makes Robo-Cars Zero Defect?
News & Analysis 1/11/2017 Post a comment
Infineon CEO discussed why autonomous cars are “much more than high-performance computing platform.” He talked about how to achieve “100 percent reliability – aircraft-level – at the price of a car” and how “sensor fusion can’t afford to have confusion.”
Sensor Net to Run on RF Power
News & Analysis 12/20/2016 1 comment
Researchers at PARC are developing a distributed building automation network using sensors that sip power from 900-MHz RF hubs.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
Slideshow 11/21/2016 10 comments
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
Blog 10/31/2016 1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging
News & Analysis 10/12/2016 6 comments
The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Samsung Needs to Get Transparent
Blog 10/11/2016 4 comments
Samsung owes its customers and the tech community a clear explanation of what happened with the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out
News & Analysis 10/4/2016 7 comments
Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid
News & Analysis 9/13/2016 Post a comment
In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
Samsung Gets Kicked Off the Plane
Blog 9/13/2016 2 comments
Lithium-ion battery fires are infrequent but not rare. Incidents involving Samsung’s latest smartphone may encourage mobile device makers to reexamine the integrity of their power trains.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment
Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices
News & Analysis 8/5/2016 Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G
News & Analysis 8/5/2016 2 comments
Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC
News & Analysis 8/2/2016 Post a comment
Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge
News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment
Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
Vitamin Inspires Solar Flow Batteries
News & Analysis 7/22/2016 1 comment
Researchers at Harvard University have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
Increase Output Voltage With A Voltage Multiplier
Blog 7/18/2016 13 comments
Applications such as printers, laser-based fiber optic systems, and charged-particle air filtration systems require hundreds or even thousands of volts at low power. A simple boost converter with a voltage multiplier can solve these issues.
Zinc Doping Boosts GaAs Nanowire Lasers
News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment
Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of unpassivated GaAs nanowire lasers more than a hundred folds, by adding zinc as a dopant, changing the crystal structure and increasing the device's radiative efficiency.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting
Blog 6/27/2016 Post a comment
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
Blog 6/22/2016 Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 4 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.