Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards? Blog 2/19/2015 Post a comment There are a host of reasons why power system designers have increasingly been turning to digital power over the past decade. The principal drivers have been the demand to provide sophisticated power management functions, along with a desire to reduce board space and the number of external components.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors News & Analysis 2/3/2015 18 comments ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
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.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Can Kevlar Prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires? News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment University of Michigan researchers have used nanofibers extracted from Kevlar to develop a barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery that is capable of preventing the type of fires linked with the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
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.
5 Power Trends Will Pay Off Soon Blog 1/21/2015 Post a comment Improvements at the micro level of power management have been slow but steady over the last few years, but the real action in power management is at the macro, big-picture level, where a number of long term trends are starting to make their mark.
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.
MEMS Group Targets IoT News & Analysis 1/19/2015 Post a comment MEMS Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman sat down with EE Times at International CES in Las Vegas to discuss the sensor-rich future and how sensor fusion will meet function in the Internet of Things.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly News & Analysis 1/12/2015 8 comments Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
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.
Intel Rolls 14nm Broadwell in Vegas News & Analysis 1/5/2015 5 comments Intel announced at CES 2015 the Broadwell family, its fifth-generation Core processors. The 14 new chips are essentially versions of its 22nm Haswell architecture made in its new 14nm process, providing enhancements it hopes encourage PC and notebook users to upgrade.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup News & Analysis 12/30/2014 12 comments The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
11 Views of IEDM Slideshow 12/17/2014 4 comments This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine Blog 12/16/2014 2 comments DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On News & Analysis 12/12/2014 23 comments Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Spray Solar Cells on Any Surface News & Analysis 12/11/2014 7 comments Canadian Consortium mostly funded by IBM formulates method for spraying solar cells on nearly any surface, from rooftops to automobile bodies.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly News & Analysis 12/8/2014 6 comments Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Power Week: Dreamliner Battery Fire Had Multiple Causes News & Analysis 12/3/2014 4 comments The lithium-ion battery fire that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners last year was a result of oversight and certification issues as well as design and testing problems on both Boeing's part and that of the battery maker, according to the NTSB.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
12 Startups I Saw at Demo Slideshow 11/21/2014 9 comments The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers Blog 11/20/2014 8 comments Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life News & Analysis 11/19/2014 13 comments Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT Blog 11/18/2014 Post a comment Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
That Simple Sense Resistor Isn't So Simple Blog 11/12/2014 18 comments Using a low-value sense resistor is a common technique for measuring current through a load, but applying even this simple component for such a basic, straightforward application has its subtleties and tradeoffs.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.