Junko Yoshida is an 18-year veteran of high-tech journalism, having served as a correspondent, bureau chief, and consumer electronics editor for EE Times in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, and Paris. Her wide range of expertise in various technology disciplines, combined with her experience in consumer electronics, has allowed her to trace breakthrough developments in numerous technologies including audio/visual codes, digital TVs, DVDs, mobile TV, RFIDs, and many others. Prior to joining EE Times in 1990, Yoshida served as a principal liaison with the foreign press in Tokyo, where she organized press junkets for groups of journalists from abroad. She started her career with EE Times as the Tokyo Correspondent for the US-based weekly newspaper. She has won various editorial awards including the "Best Beat Coverage" in digital consumer electronics. Most recently, she won first place for "Best Exclusive Story" (2002) among all the then CMP-owned publications. Educated in both the United States and Tokyo, Yoshida graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a BA in Social Science.

Apple’s In, But DMV Is Telling Us More

It’s official. According to the California DMV’s website, updated Friday (April 14), Apple is the latest among 30 companies who already have permits to test autonomous vehicles on the state’s highways and byways. Since the DMV requires any manufacturer to apply for a permit before testing a vehicle in autonomous mode on California’s roads, this is the strongest confirmation…

When Your Sweat Knows More about You…

Fast-paced technology advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are already taking us places unknown to us just a decade ago. As the pace of innovation accelerates, we find ourselves either swept up by the promise of technology or engulfed by its resulting turmoil. I assumed that Lucio Lanza has seen it all,…

Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map

MADISON, Wis. – To sort out what’s going on with autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a “relationship map” to illustrate who’s in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms. Even if it doesn’t quite rival the messy relationships in a daytime…

Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design

MADISON, Wis. — Semiconductor engineers are already hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work.  Consider the vast amount of design data and variability required of chip designers, especially when developing a variety of chips with different power, temperature and performance specs. Complex IC designs might well be one of the logical areas to…

Apple Drops Imagination

MADISON, Wis. – Apple has notified Imagination Technologies Group, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s intellectual property in new products. Imagination disclosed the Apple cutoff on Monday (April 3).  For the U.K.-based graphics IP firm, whose GPU core technologies have been intrinsic to Apple’s phones, tablets, iPods, TVs…

Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors

MADISON, Wis. — One of the unintended consequences of the M&A feeding frenzy in the semiconductor industry is that more chip vendors are getting targeted by patent trolls. Jean-Christophe Eloy Jean-Christoph Eloy, president and CEO of Yole Développement (Lyon, France), told EE Times that the semiconductor market embodies “all the ingredients” that make it attractive…

Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?

PARIS — Intel’s Mobileye acquisition Monday has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Excitement, puzzlement, surprise, fear, confidence and some disappointment. One of the most scathing comments came from Semiconductor Advisors LLC, financial and strategic advisory services: Even though Intel tried to suggest a strong link to Intel's data center business…