Slideshow: Boeing, SpaceX Take US Back to Space Station Slideshow 9/17/2014 7 comments NASA tapped Boeing Co., the safe but more expensive choice, and upstart Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, on Sept. 16 to provide spacecraft and launchers that would deliver astronauts and perhaps even space tourists to the space station by as early as 2017.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing Blog 9/15/2014 2 comments Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents News & Analysis 9/12/2014 5 comments Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Apple of Greenpeace's Eye? Blog 9/9/2014 1 comment Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 9 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 13 comments Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort News & Analysis 8/26/2014 12 comments The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Bitcoin Bill Begs Questions Blog 8/26/2014 1 comment A California law passed in late June attempted to legalize the use of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, but the law falls short in at least one area and raises questions in others.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 8/22/2014 7 comments Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
China Wants to Be No. 1 Blog 8/20/2014 13 comments China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
Engineers: Join Humanitarian Shout Out Blog 8/19/2014 22 comments It's World Humanitarian Day: Share your stories with colleagues about efforts you, family, and colleagues make the world a better place. ESC's program manager gets the conversation started.
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.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters Blog 8/15/2014 22 comments China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Betting Big on HD-to-Ultra HDTV Transition Blog 8/14/2014 4 comments Will the Christmas buying season starting on Black Friday this year be the start of HDTV's transition to Ultra HD? That's what Nanotech Entertainment Inc. in San Jose, Calif,. is betting big on happening.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds News & Analysis 8/13/2014 12 comments Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed News & Analysis 8/8/2014 19 comments The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
Chinese Government Rejects Apple's iPad News & Analysis 8/7/2014 6 comments Ten Apple products, including its iPad and MacBook line, have been excluded from Chinese government procurement, reflecting deepening distrust of American technology among foreign officials in the wake of leaks about expansive US intelligence gathering.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones News & Analysis 7/31/2014 5 comments Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!' News & Analysis 7/25/2014 17 comments Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs News & Analysis 7/17/2014 11 comments Microsoft today announced sweeping layoffs related to the acquisition of Nokia’s handset division. The company will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year and while 12,500 layoffs are related to Nokia-related, Microsoft officials said losses are company-wide.
Mapper Opens Russian MEMS Fab News & Analysis 7/9/2014 1 comment Mapper Lithography BV, a pioneer of the use of direct-write e-beam to characterize photoresist for chip production, has established a MEMS manufacturing site in Moscow for the production of e-beam deflection lens components for inclusion in its lithography systems.
TRW Launches Its Largest R&D Center -- in China News & Analysis 6/24/2014 2 comments TRW Automotive Holdings has opened an R&D center in China. Placing its largest technology center in the Middle Kingdom provides a clear hint about where the automotive supplier expects further growth.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy? News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
Startups Should Think Globally Blog 6/17/2014 3 comments The technology industry is a global village with many moving parts, from engineers abroad to international operation. Startups are often
recommended to concentrate on one geographical area, but the secret sauce may be in managing and developing across multiple geographies.
Brazilian Telecoms Go LTE-A, Rural News & Analysis 6/17/2014 4 comments With the World Cup well underway, soccer fans and telecom companies are testing 4G infrastructure mandated by the Brazilian government to handle massive user increases. Officials are optimistic about the strength of wireless networks and, despite delays, are moving forward with LTE rollout.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All Blog 6/13/2014 2 comments China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
China’s Auto Industry in 2050 Blog 6/11/2014 7 comments China has about 170 carmakers today, most of which produce fewer than 10,000 vehicles a year. That is unsustainable. Here’s my prediction of what the Chinese auto industry might look like in 2050.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS News & Analysis 6/10/2014 10 comments The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
Computex 2014: Building a Better Mouse Blog 6/9/2014 3 comments Despite being the largest tradeshow in Asia, the 2014 Computex appeared to be more about building better solutions around the existing technology, than new innovations, a trend that has been reflected by many of the other major industry events.
Robotics: EU Launches $3.9 Billion Initiative Blog 6/5/2014 2 comments The European Union believes the worldwide market for robotics will grow from US$30 billion (€22 billion) this year to $83 billion (€60 billion) by 2020. The Commission wants Europe to have a leading role developing new robotic products and technologies.