The sudden departure of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich for violating the chip company's non-fraternization policy raises questions about the chipmaker's history of high-level executives marrying employees, Dean Takahashi writes. "There are so many other issues swirling around Krzanich," he adds, as the executive promoted diversity among Intel's employees while also spending $1.2 million on "personal security arrangements" to deal with a stalker.
UltraSoC and Imperas Software are partnering to offer embedded analytics and virtual platform technologies to developers of multicore system-on-a-chip devices. UltraSoC agreed to incorporate elements of the Imperas embedded software development environment into its tools for on-chip monitoring, analytics and design debugging technology.
Tien Wu, chief operating officer of ASE Industrial, said the outsourced semiconductor assembly and test contractor will continue to focus on communication chips and expanding its system-in-package business after this year's merger of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Siliconware Precision Industries. The combined venture is expected to generate $13.8 billion in revenue this year.
Researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology came up with a graphene-assembled film that is said to offer thermal conductivity more than 60% higher than that of graphite film. The university has assigned the related intellectual property to SHT Smart High Tech AB, a Chalmers spinoff, to develop a commercial offering.
The internet of things requires high-quality, interoperable and secure software to realize its potential, says Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist. "We should be extremely thoughtful about the quality of IoT software," he says in this interview.
The transistors, contacts and interconnects in the designs of microchips that will be made with 10-nanometer and 7nm features are presenting a challenge in dealing with resistance issues, this analysis notes. "It is very, very complex," says David Fried of Coventor.
The futuristic concept of quantum computing is edging closer to realization as technologists consider what they could do with quantum bits, which can exist in the basic states of 1, 0, and 1 or 0. "The first applications will probably be in things like quantum chemistry or quantum simulations," says Jeff Welser of IBM Research Almaden.
Baidu's Apollo plan for autonomous vehicle technology, unveiled only 14 months ago, is gaining traction in accelerating the development of sensors, microchips and other essential hardware, this analysis notes. Rather than going it alone, Baidu has enlisted multiple companies around the world to support the Apollo ecosystem, while the Chinese company focuses on the underpinning software development.
Analog Devices opened its "Analog Garage" technology incubator, which occupies the 20th and 21st floors of a 22-story office building close to downtown Boston. Engineers working in the 25,000-square-foot office will be working on ideas that could become products in five to 10 years, says ADI's Pat O'Doherty.
MIT researchers came up with a microchip measuring 20 square millimeters capable of real-time processing for camera and inertial images. The new version of the Navion navigation IC needs only 24 milliwatts to operate and could be used in minuscule drones, low-energy robotics and other applications.
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