IoT Building Block: Touch Interface HMI


Many IoT devices have started to include touch screen interfaces as part of their UI to make the devices more intuitive and easier to use. A great interface can make customers really love and want to use your IoT product, but a poor HMI interface makes the device unusable damaging the brand value. Given this impact a touch interface can have on your IoT device, it made me wonder what are the... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


By Susan Rambo, Jesse Allen, and Liz Allan The U.S. government will provide about $162 million in federal incentives, under the CHIPS and Science Act, to help Microchip onshore its semiconductor supply chain. The move is aimed at securing a reliable domestic supply of MCUs and mature-node chips. “Today’s announcement will help propel semiconductor manufacturing projects in Colorado and O... » read more

How To Meet The IoT Security Requirements Of Today And Tomorrow


Governments around the world are creating Internet of Things (IoT) security legislation and regulations designed to keep users safe in an increasingly connected world. Connectivity is good and, in fact, great but bad things can happen to people with unprotected or poorly protected IoT devices. Failing to meet government regulations or guidelines may lead to the inability to sell products in a r... » read more

Autonomous Vehicles: Not Ready Yet


The swirl of activity around L4 and L5 vehicles has yet to result in a successful demonstration of an autonomous vehicle that can navigate the streets of a city or highway without incident, and there is a growing body of real-world data showing that much work still needs to be done. Robo-taxi trials in big cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and soon San Diego, are proving that autono... » read more

The Touch-Sensing HMI In Wearable And IoT Devices


The touch-sensing human-machine interface (HMI) in wearable devices is a key element of their consumer appeal, providing a responsive, intuitive way to interact via touch buttons and sliders in devices such as earbuds and smart glasses, or via a small touchscreen in a smart watch. Competition in the market for these types of wearable device continually drives innovation. Manufacturers battle fo... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order to restrict U.S. investment in Chinese companies, targeting semiconductors and microelectronics, quantum information technologies, and artificial intelligence systems with military or intelligence applications. Specific technologies within these groups will be defined later. Some will only require investors to notify the Department of the Tre... » read more

Multiple Hurdles In The Race To 6G


The rollout of 6G will open the door to significant changes and possibilities, but whether this technology lives up to the hype will require massive collaborative efforts, huge investments in infrastructure, and solving some problems for which there are no precedents. Multiple companies are already working on 6G technology, aiming for a maximum download speed of one terabit per second (Tb/s)... » read more

New Approaches To Sensors And Sensing


Sensors are becoming more intelligent, more complex, and much more useful. They are being integrated with other sensors in sensor fusion, so a smart doorbell may only wake up when it’s imperative to see who’s at the door, and a microphone may only send alerts when there are cries for help or sounds of glass breaking. Kim Lee, senior director of system applications engineering at Infineon, t... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Cadence will acquire Rambus' SerDes and memory interface PHY IP business. Rambus will retain its digital IP business, including memory and interface controllers and security IP. “With this transaction, we will increase our focus on market-leading digital IP and chips and expand our roadmap of novel memory solutions to support the continued evolution of the data center and AI,” said Sean Fan... » read more

Improving Performance And Lowering Power In Automotive


Automotive OEMs are boosting their investments across the semiconductor ecosystem as stepping stones toward electrification and autonomy, and they are starting to encounter some of the same issues chipmakers have been wrestling with at advanced nodes — massive compute performance, thermal and power issues, reliability over extended lifetimes, and a highly diverse and geographically distribute... » read more

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