Content posted in September 2014
Robots Confront Safety Standards
News & Analysis 9/30/2014 7 comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Electronic Brain by 2023
News & Analysis 9/30/2014 13 comments
Progress continues on fake brain to be used as test bed for disease cures, reports European Union at EU's annual Human Brain Project Summitt at the University of Heidelberg in Germany on Sept. 29.
Bionic Ear Due Soon
News & Analysis 9/30/2014 6 comments
STMicroelectronics is collaborating with two other companies on a bionic ear that users wears 24/7 to enhance and control their audio experience.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step
News & Analysis 9/30/2014 Post a comment
The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
IBM Conquers Wafer-Scale Graphene
News & Analysis 9/30/2014 5 comments
IBM has found a way to vastly reduce the costs of gallium nitride (GaN) wafers by growing them on a reusable wafer-scale layer of single-crystal graphene instead of expensive ($3,000) silicon carbide (SiC) wafers.
Sensors Build Case Against Cold
News & Analysis 9/29/2014 7 comments
As some predict that New York’s easy summer may turn into a hellish winter, a local startup aims to fix the freeze. Heat Seek, grand prize winner of this year’s NYC BigApps competition in the live and connected device categories, wants to keep tenants warm with inexpensive temperature sensors.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
News & Analysis 9/29/2014 27 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
Smartphone Shifts Automotive Processor Demand
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 7 comments
As the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment industry has market researcher HIS identified the use of smartphones in cars. The reason: Since smartphones are as ubiquitous as they are in today's vehicles, consequences for the design of head units and telematics portals in the vehicles are necessary, leading to a shift in microprocessor demand in these components.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 4 comments
SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Intel May Invest in Spreadtrum, Report Says
News & Analysis 9/25/2014 8 comments
Rumors surrounding Intel’s possible investment in Chinese-government affiliated mobile chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics may bear weight, but also beg many questions.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish
News & Analysis 9/25/2014 20 comments
A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
News & Analysis 9/25/2014 Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
News & Analysis 9/25/2014 9 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
News & Analysis 9/24/2014 4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win
News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments
The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
ARM Pumps Up MCU for IoT
News & Analysis 9/23/2014 17 comments
ARM announced its next generation 28mnm process 32-bit Cortex-M7 processor for embedded applications in the industrial, infrastructure, and home automation markets. ARM bills the M7 as its most powerful MCU with double the compute and digital signal processing capability.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
News & Analysis 9/23/2014 11 comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Cars Made to Order at Retail
News & Analysis 9/19/2014 11 comments
Local Motors’sporty 3D printed car looks like licorice on wheels and cruised around a rocket playground while eager adults looked on. The vehicle innovation company – not car manufacturing, not motorcycle manufacturing – bills itself as a necessary alternative for consumers who want more choice.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color
News & Analysis 9/18/2014 2 comments
Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
Makers, Engineers Mix at NY Event
News & Analysis 9/18/2014 2 comments
Educators and engineers from across the country attended New York’s Maker Conference, held at the New York Hall of Science, to discuss the intersection of making and engineering.
Asia-Pacific IC Usage Domination Growing
News & Analysis 9/17/2014 8 comments
Asia-Pacific is the dominant market for ICs for most products categories. The exceptions are Europe, leading in the automotive sector, and the Americas region, leading in government and military, according to IC Insights.
iPhone 6 Future Revealed
News & Analysis 9/17/2014 7 comments
Apple's new bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not just bigger, but have opened up the software door for interoperability among cooperating apps.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
News & Analysis 9/17/2014 20 comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be “the next connected space,” a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Android One Rides Mediatek
News & Analysis 9/16/2014 5 comments
Taiwan’s leading mobile chip vendor will power Google’s Android One-branded, low-cost “high-quality” smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The initiative aims to put feature-rich handsets in a largely smartphone-less arena, which MediaTek dubs the “super-mid market.”
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