Sunday, April 20th, 2014

February 25, 2014, RSA Conference, San Francisco—Wave Systems (www.wave.com) is combining features of the Trusted Platform Module and some software to create functionality of a smart card without any physical devices. The package stores authentication credentials in TPM containers, so they can offer security comparable to that of a smart card or other physical media. [...]

February 2014, At ISSCC in San Francisco, the traditional launch of new microprocessors was done in session 5. The session features new architectures and designs in the Power PC, ARM, Xeon and x86 solution space from IBM, Intel and AMD. Large data centers and cloud service providers are increasingly becoming the point of computation in [...]

February 2014, The Embedded computing marketplace is growing rapidly to cover just about every aspect of interaction with people and machines. At the meca for this new technology – Embedded World, this year held in Nuremburg, Germany; AMD introduced a new GPU for the embedded market. The rise of visual computing and advanced graphics UIs, [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Session 7 focused on various types of image sensors. The advances in processing and new techniques for image capture are enabling higher resolution and better optical-electrical performance. JungChak Ahn from Samsung presented an improved CMOS image sensor with a new pixel structure. Earlier works moved imagers to back-side illumination, but [...]

February 12, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—New materials and technologies are starting to move beyond the lab into new applications. The different semiconductor materials are being deposited on many types of substrates and the component libraries are now rich enough to make microprocessors and PROMs and well as display drivers and analog circuits. Kris Myny from [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Advanced biomedical systems are combining integrated sensors and actuators to offer better data and improved comfort and usability at the point of care. These systems not only help to reduce the cost of healthcare, but enable early diagnosis, personal point of care, and therapy outside of traditional clinical settings. This [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Mobile devices are growing in complexity and performance while being driven to reduce power to allow for longer battery lives. The challenge in connecting radios, computers, sensors, and other interface circuits calls for very aggressive power management techniques, even in systems with large power budgets like automobiles and smart buildings. [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Low-power wireless for short-range communications is becoming widely in demand for such devices as personal area networks, ID cards, and medical applications. The newest radios are operating in a wide range of frequencies and bandwidths to address many diverse applications. for wireless, low power is the key factor. Wee Liang [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—This session explored the technologies for next-generation high-speed networks. The high data throughput is running into the power wall as data rates continue to increase. Dinesh Maheshwari from Cypress Semiconductor described a new architecture to address the increasing number of packets per second and the differences between networking and compute [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—This session focused on RF building blocks that can minimize or eliminate external component in radio systems in wireless systems. The first half of the session looked at the transmission side, mainly for cell phones, and the remainder offered receivers. One interesting paper from David Murphy at Broadcom is a [...]