Content posted in August 2013
Sixense Kickstarts Wireless Controllers
News & Analysis 8/29/2013 14 comments
Even established company's are now using Kickstarter to raise funds, here Sixense to market its second generation wireless motion tracking platform called STEM (for Sixense tracking embedded module).
GPU-Compute on Exynos Made Easier
News & Analysis 8/29/2013 2 comments
Imagination has developed OpenCL extensions related to camera operations and computational photography that apply to its PowerVR Series 5 GPUs -- in use in such platforms as the Odriod development board and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
CMOS Timing Startup Turns to Crystal
News & Analysis 8/28/2013 9 comments
A developer of CMOS replacements for crystal oscillators has a new CEO, taken on more VC funding, and extended its business plan to include crystal oscillators.
3D Graphene Could Make Solar Cells Cheaper
News & Analysis 8/26/2013 16 comments
Michigan Tech has created a novel 3D graphene material that can replace the expensive precious metals in solar cells as well as improve battery performance and perhaps even enable less expensive superconductors.
Miniature SiP for Electric Vehicles
News & Analysis 8/21/2013 13 comments
Infineon, together with 40 partners, developed basic technologies that enable much more compact and reliable SiP solutions than those available on the market today.
Flow Batteries Going Grid Scale
News & Analysis 8/21/2013 27 comments
A new flow battery from MIT aims for grid-scale applications by storing energy from solar arrays and wind farms during lulls and then supplying it during peak demand.
DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor
News & Analysis 8/20/2013 2 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) granted University of Michigan a $5.7 million four-year contract to build a prototype neural network capable of processing images 1,000-times faster than today.
Atomic Clocks Double as Quantum Simulators
News & Analysis 8/19/2013 4 comments
Atomic clocks can simulate quantum states in real time, according to researchers at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Q-MEMS Downsizes Inertial Measurement Units
News & Analysis 8/19/2013 9 comments
Epson lays claim to the world's smallest high-performance inertial measurement unit (IMU)--the V340 is a six-axis high-precision gyroscope/accelerometer combo that measures just twelve-by-ten-by-four millimeters.
Applied Materials Appoints CEO
News & Analysis 8/16/2013 8 comments
Gary Dickerson was appointed to replace Michael Splinter as CEO of the leading chip-making equipment firm. Splinter is to serve as executive chairman.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT
News & Analysis 8/15/2013 17 comments
ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
MEMS Nixes Quantum Light Fluctuations
News & Analysis 8/14/2013 9 comments
Caltech researchers harnessed MEMS resonators to nix the tiniest quantum fluctuations in laser light, potentially enabling a new generation of ultra-precise measurement instruments.
Apple to Boost Pure-Play Foundry Growth
News & Analysis 8/14/2013 9 comments
Thanks largely to expectations that Apple will move at least some of its chip manufacturing to TSMC, overall pure-play foundry sales are expected to grow more than 20 percent this year.
Mobile Rising in Processor Market
News & Analysis 8/13/2013 10 comments
Mobile processors are becoming more significant in an expanding microprocessor market, because the PC market is in the doldrums, and non-x86 processors are failing to penetrate PCs, IC Insights says.
Adapteva Launches PUP
News & Analysis 8/12/2013 8 comments
Adapteva's PUP (Parallella University Program) is intended to bring parallel computing to the forefront in university engineering education.
TSMC's Sales Growth Slowed in July
News & Analysis 8/12/2013 3 comments
Year-on-year revenue growth at leading foundry TSMC slowed in July while the same metric at its rival UMC increased, sending mixed signals about any imminent slowdown.
Internets of Things Need Glue
News & Analysis 8/12/2013 42 comments
Pioneers and experts say what the IoT needs is consensus on a standard and "glue" to link the many incompatible protocols deployed today.
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