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 isnít 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 5 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 companyís 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times