Content posted in October 2014
China Blamed for Microchip Dip
News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 7 comments
UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
3D Prints World's Best Inverter
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 15 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory wants to become the world leader in operational 3D device printing and has already started its patent portfolio.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
HP Tiptoes Into 3D Printers
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 11 comments
Hewlett-Packard sketched out plans for 3D printers coming in 2016 based on its thermal inject technology and announced a novel 3D workstation for advanced consumers.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Some Memories Never Die
News & Analysis 10/28/2014 16 comments
When a major memory producer decides a product has hit end of life, there are often customers who still have long-term use for it and there are companies willing to step up to keep those memories alive.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 5 comments
The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Lucio Lanza to Receive EDA Honor
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 4 comments
The annual Phil Kaufman award for excellence in electronic design automation (EDA) will be awarded to Lucio Lanza at ICCAD 2014 on Nov. 4th.
Cisco Leads 2.5/5G Ethernet Effort
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 11 comments
Aquantia, Cisco Systems, Freescale, and Xilinx have formed the NBASE-T Alliance to develop 2.5 and 5 Gigabit/second Ethernet specifications, plugging a hole between today's 1 and 10G standards for cost-sensitive enterprise uses.
Canceling Noise When Rubber Meets Road
News & Analysis 10/24/2014 19 comments
An infotainment system vendor has applied noise cancellation technology, known mostly from headphones, to car interiors. The system, jointly developed with Lotus Engineering, minimizes noise generated when the rubber meets the road.
NASA Spinoffs: 6 Innovations In Health & Medicine
News & Analysis 10/23/2014 2 comments
The concept of applying technologies used in space to enhance the lives of people on Earth drives NASA's spinoff program, a technology originally developed for NASA missions is transferred to the public for commercial use.
iPad Air 2: Biggest Weakness
News & Analysis 10/23/2014 13 comments
Early reviews of the Apple iPad Air 2 all sing a similar tune: It's thin and light, the screen is better, the cameras are great, and it delivers incredible performance. But two reviews dinged the device heavily on multitasking.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
News & Analysis 10/23/2014 8 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed
News & Analysis 10/23/2014 12 comments
China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores
News & Analysis 10/23/2014 1 comment
Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s
News & Analysis 10/22/2014 11 comments
A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
News & Analysis 10/22/2014 1 comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS
News & Analysis 10/22/2014 20 comments
Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Intel, IBM Dueling 14nm FinFETS
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 25 comments
The duel of the FinFETs will take place between Intel and GlobalFoundries now that it has taken over manufacturing of semiconductors from IBM with the details of architectures here.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
iPhones Drive Apple Record, iPads Drop 13%
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 9 comments
Apple experienced a record fourth quarter with increased revenue, net profits, and margins. During a conference call, company officials speculated about mass handset and PC growth across regions, which has led to the strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
News & Analysis 10/20/2014 19 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
News & Analysis 10/20/2014 7 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
News & Analysis 10/20/2014 2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
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