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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


The United States Justice of Department asked Tesla for documents relating to its Autopilot driver assistance system and its Full Self-Driving (FSD). Among other tech company woes, some of which are leading to layoffs, Apple sales dropped 5% year over year and it missed its earnings target this quarter. The U.S. state of Kansas will commit $304M to Kansas-based OSAT Integra Technologies t... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


This was a tough week for cybersecurity. Chinese researchers claim to have figured out a way to crack some of the most advanced security algorithms with only 372 physical qubits, versus millions of qubits as previously theorized. This can be used to both speed up quantum decryption and to create large integers that can withstand future attacks. If it proves out, that approach would significantl... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers and OEMs China has been working on compound semiconductors, such as gallium-nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC). Now, a China-backed company has taken a big step in the SiC and related markets. Chip supplier Nexperia, a subsidiary of China’s Wingtech Technology, has acquired Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), a U.K.-based manufacture of power and compound semiconductors, including Si... » read more

Autonomous Cars Have Far-Reaching Impacts


Within the semiconductor ecosystem, autonomous vehicle technology is already having a gigantic impact as far as chip and tool development, education about what this all means, new relationships and partnerships -- among other things that hit closer to home such as how autonomous vehicles will impact our professional and personal lives. Sundari Mitra, CEO of NetSpeed Systems has been closely ... » read more

Hello, It’s Your Pet Calling


As we entered into the new year of 2016 with the worldwide economic cloud of uncertainty hovering like an unregistered drone—particularly in China—CES was still setting records. Bustling with more than 170,000 attendees and more than 3,600 companies displaying their new products, the event was as hectic as ever. There was a big showing from all the major automotive manufacturers and supp... » read more

Automotive Power Concerns


By Ann Steffora Mutschler With advanced semiconductor technologies infiltrating the automotive market in ever new and exciting ways, there are also challenges to implementation involving power. In fact, power has become a concern in many areas of automotive design. Consider the Tesla, for example. The dashboard features a 17” touchscreen with the entire vehicle controls. This system i... » read more