Haute Couture Meets High Tech Slideshow 6/4/2014 8 comments According to Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht, fashion lacks microcontrollers. Using microcontrollers, sensors, and 3D printing, Wipprecht believes that the future of fashion is in technology.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon News & Analysis 6/3/2014 24 comments Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches News & Analysis 5/28/2014 3 comments Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
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.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
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 Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup? News & Analysis 5/12/2014 1 comment The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says News & Analysis 5/7/2014 14 comments Over the course of the company’s history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT? News & Analysis 5/5/2014 25 comments Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Wearables Need Tailored SoCs News & Analysis 5/2/2014 12 comments Hardware designed specifically for wearable devices will be key to making the vertical mainstream. Panelists at Linley Tech Mobile Conference said scaled-down smartphone SoCs are preventing the battery life improvements necessary for weaerables to take off.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip Slideshow 4/30/2014 4 comments An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
AMD Unleashes Puma in Mobile News & Analysis 4/30/2014 9 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced two new mobile accelerated processing units – a low-power chip codenamed Mullins and a mainstream chip, Beema - as its next generation of cores. The Puma generation hinges on integrated security, improved power consumption, and increased processing capabilities.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups News & Analysis 4/30/2014 2 comments Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name? Blog 4/29/2014 26 comments Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell? Break Points 4/24/2014 6 comments Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars News & Analysis 4/22/2014 7 comments Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
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.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250 News & Analysis 4/16/2014 5 comments IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 6 comments Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.