Wireless Charging Metrics Debated News & Analysis 8/4/2015 Post a comment The Wireless Power Consortium has co-authored a study that aims to create a standard for measuring the efficiency of wireless charging systems. The study found in favor of the WPC's Qi system, but analysts aren't sure whether the methods will be absorbed by the rest of the industry.
Graphene Lights Up Chips News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost News & Analysis 7/29/2015 1 comment While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Rohm Semiconductor Acquires Powervation News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment Analog IC manufacturer Rohm has acquired digital power IC company Powervation for approximately $70 million in cash. The deal will bolster Rohm’s share of the power market as high density systems increasingly call for a digital power.
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
Wearables Fail Check Up News & Analysis 7/21/2015 2 comments Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
5 Solar Power Tech Trends To Watch in 2015 Blog 7/20/2015 1 comment Increasing the proportion of energy produced by solar power, also known as photovoltaic (PV) technology, is widely touted as a key component in the worldwide drive to slow down or even reverse global warming and reduce our carbon footprint. Here are five technology trends to watch in the solar market for 2015.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend News & Analysis 7/15/2015 Post a comment Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Battery Startup Gets Ex-Fab Exec News & Analysis 7/14/2015 Post a comment Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries and served as CEO for three years
Battery-Powered Aircraft Crosses the Alps News & Analysis 7/9/2015 Post a comment Researchers of the Institute of Aircraft Design in Stuttgart showed the practicability of battery powered aircraft in a flight across the Alps mountains – a first time for a battery-powered plane. The flight also marks a milestone in the quest for energy-efficient and carbon-neutral aviation.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT Blog 7/7/2015 4 comments With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
Samsung Boosts Batteries with Graphene News & Analysis 7/6/2015 Post a comment Researchers from Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the company’s R&D hub, have found a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene. The carbide-free graphene combats expansion to increase battery life by 1.8x over conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires News & Analysis 7/1/2015 2 comments Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
New Architectures Target 5G Power Needs Blog 6/30/2015 Post a comment The next generation of mobile telephony is not so far away with 5G cellular networks expected to be deployed by 2020. New and advanced architectures will be needed for energy efficiency and software-defined power architectures hold promise for reducing overall network energy consumption while supporting massive increases in data traffic and number of users.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
GaN Converters Charge Simultaneously News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Mobile devices have gotten slimmer over the years but chargers have remained in the same clunky form factors. Zolt, a subsidiary of gallium nitride fab Avogy, has developed a lipstick tube sized charger capable of powering three devices at once at up to 70 Watts.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Simulate Your Buck-Converter Control Loop Blog 6/8/2015 2 comments Stabilizing the control loop of a voltage-mode (VM) or current-mode (CM) buck converter can be confusing, even intimidating, to non-power engineers. This article shows simple VM and CM SPICE simulation models that can predict your results with accuracy and provide a deeper understanding of key power block functions.
Batteries Charge for Energy Role News & Analysis 6/4/2015 1 comment Improved technology for smart cities and the decreasing cost of renewable energy installation is rapidly changing the power management market. The resulting decentralization of electricity sources requires new power management solutions and business models, which will drive a multi-billion dollar market in the next 10 years.
Unique Challenges For Digital Power Standards News & Analysis 6/3/2015 Post a comment Great challenges exist in creating a ubiquitous standard for Digital Power compatibility between solutions, as well as functionality needs of power supplies in the modern world that can be encompassed within the digital power framework and standards that will aid the designer’s needs. EDN Editor Steve Taranovich chats with AMP Group spokesperson, regarding these issues.
AMD Unveils Carrizo Power Details News & Analysis 6/2/2015 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices filled in details about its latest x86 processor, Carrizo, highlighting the chip’s single, scalable architecture and video processing capabilities for the notebook segment. The company divulged a few of its engineering secrets for squeezing out more performance at lower power at a media event last month.
Google Rolls Android M, IoT OS News & Analysis 5/28/2015 2 comments Developers were audibly excited by the bevy of improvements and added features on the newest Android release, Android M. Google is unlikely to have satisfied hardware engineers, who may have been hoping for a next-generation device.
Daimler, Qualcomm Announce Strategic Partnership News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment Mercedes-Benz brand owner Daimler AG and Qualcomm Technologies have announced a strategic partnership aiming at vehicle connectivity. Initially both companies will together fathom out which technologies will suit best for future vehicle generations. Possible technologies include 3G/4G mobile radio as well as cable-free charging options such as Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Smartening up Power Monitoring News & Analysis 5/26/2015 Post a comment Built around an internal 16-bit PIC MCU, Microchip's new power monitoring IC makes it flexible enough for both industrial and consumer apps requiring power factor correction.
The (Power) Answer Is Blowing In The Wind Blog 5/26/2015 5 comments As a leading source of green energy, wind power is on a roll. Total installed capacity in the US grew from 2.5GW in 2001 to over 66GW in 2014. That's only good enough for No. 2, though – China is the world’s wind power leader with over 115GW of installed capacity.
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
Friday Quiz: Inductors Blog 5/15/2015 5 comments Another in the family of basic passive electrical components, inductors are less widely used and thus less understood than resistors or capacitors.
Q'comm Rolls Wi-Fi Chips for IoT News & Analysis 5/14/2015 Post a comment Qualcomm Atheros rolled out two new Wi-Fi chips aimed at end nodes and hubs in the Internet of Things and packing more memory and punch than some existing IoT parts.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail News & Analysis 5/14/2015 25 comments A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
IoT Clash Over 900 MHz Options News & Analysis 5/14/2015 1 comment As millions, billions, or trillions (depending which analysis you trust) of devices get connected to the Internet over the next few years, making sure those devices are able to connect easily and across protocols will be a major challenge. Samsung announced that its new Internet of Things module, Artik, will support a new networking structure that can overcome technical issues.
13 Views of IoT World Slideshow 5/13/2015 5 comments Plans for thousands of high end WiFi kiosks and low data rate Sigfox base stations were highlights 0f the Internet of Things World event here.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.