Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches

Portland, Ore. — Real-world applications of head-mounted displays (HMDs) like Google Glass, Epson's Moverio, and Recon's Jet have been a solution looking for a problem. But the applications for these head-worn output devices are finally materializing thanks to their integration with an appropriate input device: the Thalmic Labs' Myo — an armband controller that is…

Infineon Buys International Rectifier for $3B

PARIS — Infineon Technologies will buy California-based International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, in a move described as the German company’s biggest acquisition ever. Through the transaction, the German chip company, best known for its automotive chips, is repositioning itself as a comprehensive provider in the market for silicon-, silicon-carbide-, and gallium-nitride-based power…

Technology in the Engineering Classroom

When it comes to upgrading technology and teaching tools in an engineering classroom, there's a strange push and pull. On one hand, there's a definite need to prepare learners to keep up with the demands of the workplace. Both inside and outside the classroom, technology changes rapidly. That puts tremendous pressure on educators and institutions…

Internet of Things Security Reaches Tipping Point

It all began more than four years ago with HD Moore's groundbreaking research in embedded device security — VoIP, DSL, SCADA, printers, videoconferencing, and switching equipment — found exposed on the public Internet and sporting diagnostics backdoors put in place by developers. The holes could allow an attacker access to read and write memory and…

The Limits of Moore’s Law Limits

PORTLAND, Ore. — Every engineer is worried whether Moore's Law (that the density of transistors will double every two years) can be extended forever. So far, merely scaling to smaller sizes has kept Moore's Law in play, but now that we are approaching the atomic scale, many see the handwriting on the wall: When you…

Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel provided the first details of its 14nm process technology, now qualified for volume production in an Oregon fab, and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it. Intel claims its 14nm process delivers a lower cost per transistor than its 22nm node thanks to aggressive area…

IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip

PORTLAND, Ore. — The most brain-like computer chip to date has been produced by IBM for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program, in collaboration with Cornell Tech and iniLabs, Ltd. “When the SyNAPSE project was launched six years ago, many people thought it was impossible,”…

New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid

TOKYO — Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic, together with Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), marked a sea change in the Japanese electronics industry last week by signing a definitive agreement to establish a new fabless-type company to design and develop system LSI. The move confirms the end of an era. For decades, Japanese electronics companies…