Content posted in October 2013
DRAMs Back in Black
News & Analysis 10/18/2013 7 comments
Dynamic random access memory business posts higher profits again after a three-year slump.
Brain Implants Near Milestone
News & Analysis 10/16/2013 28 comments
NeuroPace is close to approval for the first brain implant that listens to, then acts, on brain activity -- a milestone in the rising field of neural electronics.
Applied Materials Hawks Metal-Oxide Displays
News & Analysis 10/16/2013 6 comments
The ultra-high-res displays of the future are switching to metal oxide thin-film transistors, prompting Applied Materials to release chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition systems specialized for producing metal-oxide backplanes.
MEMS Enables Personal Crash Detector
News & Analysis 10/15/2013 6 comments
Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are enabling whole new categories of wearable electronics, here an emergency-locator beacon that measures the concussive force of an impact to a sports helmet and notifies emergency personnel in the case of unconsciousness.
IDT CEO Shuffle: Why & What Next?
News & Analysis 10/14/2013 31 comments
When Ted Tewksbury suddenly retired as CEO of Integrated Device Technology seven weeks ago, neither he nor the company explained what happened, or why.
Metrology: The Turtle of Engineering
News & Analysis 10/14/2013 8 comments
We usually think of electronics as a quickly-moving industry, but that's not always so. One area that is notoriously slow moving is metrology, the science of measurement.
Perfect iPad Add-On for Engineers Uses MEMS
News & Analysis 10/11/2013 11 comments
Kickstarter project leverages MEMS magnetometers from STMicroelectronics to create iSketchnote, an iPad cover that tracks a passive pen with a permanent magnet as the user draws on plain paper.
Meters That Measure Magnetics
News & Analysis 10/9/2013 1 comment
Gaussmeters and fluxmeters let you measure magnetic fields if you have the right meter, the right probes, and the right technique.
MEMS-Enabled Electronic Nose Is Nothing to Sneeze At
News & Analysis 10/8/2013 9 comments
The world's first MEMS vacuum pump is enabling laboratory-bound mass spectrometers to be downsized to handheld size for homeland security, environmental monitoring, and even smartphone detectors of everything from disease to air quality.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market
News & Analysis 10/8/2013 5 comments
The rise and fall of smartphone SoC companies has become intricately intertwined with the future of automotive chip suppliers. Many automotive IC companies are racing to dominate the fast-growing segment of in-vehicle infotainment SoCs.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns
News & Analysis 10/7/2013 19 comments
Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
News & Analysis 10/3/2013 19 comments
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.
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