The next killer app: Machines that see
Blog 3/30/2012 12 comments
processor vendors are beginning to focus on embedded vision applications and to tune their processors for such apps, often by incorporating specialized co-processors designed for vision processing.
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
Design How-To 3/29/2012 6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
ST closes in on TI atop MEMS top 30 ranking
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 6 comments
STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments were the leading manufacturers of microelectromechanical systems components in 2011 in a market that grew 17 percent to reach $10.2 billion, according market analysis firm Yole Developpement.
Autofocus MEMS company selects TI as foundry
News & Analysis 3/25/2012 2 comments
poLight AS (Horten, Norway), a vendor of optical MEMS actuated autofocus lenses, has announced that it is working with Texas Instruments Inc. to produce the optical MEMS part of its TLens assembly.
Panel sees MEMS market boom, silicon to win more slots
News & Analysis 3/23/2012 2 comments
The consumer electronics industry is going to continue as the driver for rapid expansion in MEMS volume shipments with established equipment being loaded with more sensors and actuators even as sales expand and new equipment comes on to the scene. That's according to the final panel discussion at the MEMS Executive Congress Europe held in Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday March 20.
Applied Materials readies DRIE machine for MEMS
News & Analysis 3/22/2012 Post a comment
Leading chipmaking equipment company Applied Materials is planning to launch a deep reactive ion etch machine for small wafer sizes at the end of April, as part of a renewed commitment to the MEMS market, according to executives.
Panel: Safety standard could disrupt MEMS in autos
News & Analysis 3/22/2012 8 comments
A panel discussion, held at the MEMS Executive Congress Europe held in Zurich discussed the impact that ISO26262, is going to have on makers of automotive MEMS. MEMS makers are going to have to implement more complicated design procedures for devices if they wish to carry on selling in to the automotive supply chain, a panelist from Continental said.
Why systems need to get smarter
Blog 3/22/2012 7 comments
According to market researcher IDC, the amount of digital data that will exist in 2020 will be 50 times greater than current levels. Are we ready for all that data? Better yet, are our systems equipped to manage it?
Blog 3/22/2012 1 comment
There are many tools available or being developed today that are reminiscent of the tricorder medical apparatus on Star Trek.
Functional safety implementations in modern MCUs
Design How-To 3/22/2012 6 comments
Implementation of safety measures is on the rise in today’s automotive world in order to minimize the hazards in case of system malfunctions. Safety critical automotive operations need compliance with ISO 26262 (ASILx) and IEC 61508 (SILx) standards as their safe operation is directly linked to human and social safety.
ST to drive into the automotive MEMS market
News & Analysis 3/21/2012 3 comments
STMicroelectronics will attack the well- established automotive market – amongst others – in 2012, said ST senior executive vice president Carmelo Papa, speaking as he provided a keynote address to the MEMS Executive Congress Europe held in Europe.
DESIGN West preview: Radio show marks the rise of MEMS
News & Analysis 3/21/2012 Post a comment
Peter Clarke, European News Director of EE Times, will discuss the technology and business of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) components in a recording of the Design News Radio Show from the exhibition floor at DESIGN West conference which takes place March 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Materials science pioneer honored
News & Analysis 3/21/2012 3 comments
John Werner Cahn, a National Institute of Standards and Technology scientist responsible for major paradigm shifts that have repeatedly redefined modern materials science, recently received the Kyoto Prize in advanced technologies in San Diego.
Mid-East nations team on particle accelerator
News & Analysis 3/16/2012 4 comments
Israel, Iran, Jordan and Turkey will join forces to launch a new particle accelerator in the Middle East as part of a Unesco-sponsored project.
Announced on Wednesday (March 14), each of the four countries will put $5 million toward the new facility, dubbed Sesame, or Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.
FlexRay spec rev offers back compatibility, lower costs
Design How-To 3/15/2012 Post a comment
The FlexRay electrical physical layer spec Rev. 3.0.1 has been released and production of second generation transceivers has started. Semiconductor manufacturers have to ensure full device specific functional range in existing applications with a drop-in replacement.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
Design How-To 3/12/2012 2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
Swedish spin-off offers graphene-on-SiC
Research 3/12/2012 3 comments
Graphensic AB has been formed by researchers Professor Rositza Yakimova, Mikael Syvajarvi and Tihomir Iakimov as a spin-off from the Linkoping University, to commercialize the formation of graphene on hexagonal silicon carbide.
Transmitter/receiver pair serves as antitheft alarm
Design How-To 3/8/2012 3 comments
Simple circuit consists of a transmitter/receiver pair that functions as an automobile antitheft alert system. When the vehicle leaves the area, this circuit sounds an alarm because the distance between the transmitter and receiver increases and the received power level falls below a predetermined threshold.
Holey optochip breaks the 1-Tbit/s barrier
Research 3/8/2012 2 comments
Engineers from IBM Corp. have developed a prototype parallel optical transceiver that can transfer data at a rate of one terabit per second. The optical chipset is due to be reported at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference taking place in Los Angeles, Calif.
Hard mask development taps use of nanocrystals
News & Analysis 3/7/2012 Post a comment
Pixelligent, a provider of nanocrystal additives, and Brewer Science are using their nanocrystal and microelectronic coating technologies to create a next-generation spin-on hardmask for semiconductor lithography processes.
EIS simplifies battery measurement and characterization
Design How-To 3/5/2012 3 comments
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is increasingly important for measuring and characterizing batteries and other electrochemical systems. This non-invasive measurement method can be exploited not only in modeling energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells, but also in basic battery research and diagnostics.
MEMS gyro sales to outpace accelerometers, says IHS
News & Analysis 3/5/2012 7 comments
The market for MEMS gyroscopes was $655.4 million in 2011, up 66 percent from $394.5 million in 2010 and displacing accelerometers as the revenue champion in consumer and mobile MEMS, according market research firm IHS.
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 2- Design for robustness
Design How-To 3/2/2012 Post a comment
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.
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