Content posted in August 2015
Slideshow: Touch Taiwan 2015
News & Analysis 8/31/2015 Post a comment
The touch screen industry is looking for a lift as demand growth for smartphones and tablets hits a lull in 2015. Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, one of the world’s largest electronics R&D organizations, may have the answer.
'Future Frontier' Sees Drones, Space
News & Analysis 8/31/2015 8 comments
The "Future of Frontier Technologies" report describes what analysts believe will be the most successful technologies in the next five years, from finance drones, space, augmented- and virtual-reality.
Apple Joins Pentagon Alliance to Develop Wearable Tech
News & Analysis 8/31/2015 Post a comment
The Pentagon has announced a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing institute and partnership with a consortium of over 160 companies, universities, and non-profit organizations -- including Apple and Boeing -- to develop high-tech military wearables and ultimately "an end-to-end stretchable electronics 'ecosystem' in the U.S."
Cellular, Wi-Fi Spar Over Spectrum
News & Analysis 8/28/2015 6 comments
Debate around spectrum sharing for next generation communications systems continues, following a recommendation by the industry group Wi-Fi Alliance to withhold certification of LTE-Unlicensed equipment. Licensed and unlicensed spectrum management is a critical concern ahead of an expected boom in data needs and connected devices by 2020.
Facebook Likes 100G at $1/G
News & Analysis 8/28/2015 2 comments
Web giant Facebook has helped define a short, reach 100 Gbit/second optical Ethernet transceiver that can hit $1/Gbit costs in volume.
3D NAND Debuts in Storage Arrays
News & Analysis 8/28/2015 1 comment
Kaminario said it will offer an all-flash storage array with 3D TLC NAND at a buck per gig. It’s ahead of the curve for now, but lower cost flash seems inevitable as does the downfall of spinning disk
Open Source GPU Debuts
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 6 comments
The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
Well-Backed MEMS Startup Closed?
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 2 comments
Sand 9 Inc., a startup founded in 2007 to develop piezoelectric MEMS resonator timing circuits as an alternative to quartz crystal devices, appears to have closed its doors.
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 10 comments
A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
Superconductivity Temp Record Achieved
News & Analysis 8/26/2015 Post a comment
Researchers have found that hydrogen sulfide loses its electrical resistance at high temperatures when placed under high pressure -- a discovery that could pave the way for superconductors that operate at room temperature.
Fabless RF Filters Cut Size, Share Same Die
News & Analysis 8/26/2015 1 comment
The latest high-end smartphones have upwards of 60 discrete radio frequency (RF) filters to address all the bands they must cover worldwide, but Resonant Inc. says it can half that number (or more) plus half their thickness.
China Shakes Up ARM Servers
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 5 comments
A China startup, Phytium Technology, plans a 64-core ARMv8 server processor that leapfrogs any ARM server design described to date.
Will Apple Build an Entire Car?
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 20 comments
Whether its creators call it ‘iRod’ or ‘iCar,’ Apple has launched a pedal-to-the-metal drive into the automotive industry, while keeping typically mum, according to industry analysts.
iPhone6 Powered by Hydrogen
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 17 comments
Intelligent Energy, the company that already sells external fuel cells to recharge iPhone in Apple Stores, wants to put one inside the phone, demonstrating a prototype fuel cell exactly the same size as an iPhone6's lithium-ion battery.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee won’t cut it for next-generation nodes on the Internet of Things that need to run on tens of microwatts from energy harvesters, said a Hot Chips presenter.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Quantum Highway Frictionless
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 4 comments
Marrying topological insulators with ferromagnets yields a quantum highway that could be adapted to encode, transmit and receive qubits using novel transistor designs, according to MIT researchers.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS.
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
5G the Free WiFi Killer
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 9 comments
At the Intel Developer Forum 2015 (IDF, San Francisco, Aug.18-20) a panel of experts described that amazing future we look forward to with 5G--at a price--one of which is the end of free WiFi.
Intel Memory Bus Draws Fire
News & Analysis 8/20/2015 26 comments
Intel’s plans to sell memory cards using proprietary extensions to the DDR4 bus is drawing fire from potential customers and competitors afraid of being locked in or out of its 3D XPoint technology.
Intel RealSense Gets Real
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments
Intel getting real about its 3-D RealSense technology that mimics the human brain to allow developer to perceive the surrounding world and make sense of what it sees.
Cypress Solar PMICs Charge Indoors
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor announced a new family of solar energy harvesting power management integrated circuits to provide power to wireless sensors nodes that may be in the field for years at a time.
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