China Moves to Buy Omnivision News & Analysis 8/19/2014 1 comment CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
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.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist News & Analysis 8/6/2014 Post a comment E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
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.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid News & Analysis 8/4/2014 7 comments Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
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.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility Blog 7/18/2014 3 comments A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket Blog 7/16/2014 12 comments Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids News & Analysis 7/15/2014 2 comments Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol News & Analysis 7/15/2014 5 comments Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
ARM Jumps on Open-Source Sensors News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment ARM Semiconductors jumps into the open-source sensor hubs game by teaming with sensor algorithm company Sensor Platforms to produce open-source software for sensor hub applications.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?' Blog 6/27/2014 32 comments The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities News & Analysis 6/23/2014 Post a comment Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP Slideshow 6/16/2014 11 comments Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC Blog 6/10/2014 1 comment eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment News & Analysis 6/9/2014 3 comments Collaboration between Ziptronix and EVG has led to submicron post-bond alignment accuracy on customer-provided wafers. The process supports stacking and can be applied to memory and image sensors.
Pepper’s Mission After Astro Boy, ASIMO & Aibo Blog 6/6/2014 4 comments Next February Japanese cellular operator SoftBank will launch a humanoid named Pepper, which can read people’s emotions. Pepper’s mission is to entertain us. I see a lot of upside for SoftBank, but little for consumers.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution News & Analysis 6/6/2014 18 comments Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
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.
Leap Motion Gives Gesture Update News & Analysis 6/2/2014 1 comment Motion sensing company Leap Motion is testing advanced software that will identify complex movements. Founder and CTO David Holz spoke with EE Times about his vision for changing the way humans interact with technology.
IoT on Display at SolidCon Slideshow 5/23/2014 10 comments In the growing Internet of Things, devices that were once strictly mechanical are now blends of hardware and software -- packages of microcontrollers, sensors, and networked software. The result is a connected world full of possibilities for medical, industrial, and commercial verticals.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT News & Analysis 5/21/2014 3 comments Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
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.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.