Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off? News & Analysis 10/8/2014 16 comments Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation Blog 10/3/2014 13 comments Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said recently at The Battery Show in Detroit.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself News & Analysis 9/26/2014 11 comments Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish News & Analysis 9/25/2014 20 comments A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics News & Analysis 9/25/2014 9 comments Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds News & Analysis 9/12/2014 3 comments A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow News & Analysis 9/11/2014 1 comment The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Apple Watch Misnomer: Wireless Charging Blog 9/9/2014 10 comments The Apple Watch also came out at Apple's grand debutante ball for the next-gen iPhone. The Cult of Apple may be the kick in pants the smartwatch market needs, but this watch's charging method does little to advance the wireless charging standards battle.
Optimizing Dynamic Response via Digital Control Blog 9/3/2014 Post a comment With digital control it becomes possible for the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application and significantly improve and optimize the dynamic response performance and/or reduce required decoupling capacitance.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier News & Analysis 8/21/2014 12 comments Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid News & Analysis 8/20/2014 4 comments ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race News & Analysis 8/14/2014 6 comments Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required News & Analysis 8/11/2014 14 comments Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
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.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
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.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF News & Analysis 8/4/2014 13 comments As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
GM's Powermat Deal Falls Short Blog 7/29/2014 6 comments General Motors will include multimode wireless charging in its 2015 Cadillacs and several other models. Adding standard wireless charging (to a luxury vehicle) is a step in the right direction, but an inductive-based system may not be as forward thinking as GM would hope.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol News & Analysis 7/29/2014 1 comment The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer News & Analysis 7/23/2014 30 comments There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear News & Analysis 7/16/2014 4 comments Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices News & Analysis 7/10/2014 8 comments This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler News & Analysis 7/9/2014 11 comments BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices News & Analysis 7/3/2014 10 comments This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
Google Boots Up Project Ara News & Analysis 6/27/2014 9 comments Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
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.