Infineon Technologies has purchased Merus Audio, a developer of energy-efficient integrated audio amplifiers based in Copenhagen, Denmark, for an undisclosed sum. The chipmaker is integrating the startup, founded in 2010, into its Power Management & Multimarket Division.
NXP Semiconductors brought out its GreenBox development platform for electric and hybrid vehicles. "Car [original equipment manufacturers] can start developing new hybrid and electric vehicle applications on NXP's S32 automotive processing multicore platform," said Ray Cornyn of NXP.
Researchers at the UK's University of Warwick report coming up with a device that can be put into a lithium-ion cell to provide real-time data on the cell's internal temperatures. With that information, the cell's charging time can be up to five times faster, according to the team.
Intel collaborated with researchers in Germany to develop the BrainScaleS, Loihi and SpiNNaker neuromorphic chip prototypes, which promise to accelerate artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. SpiNNaker has 144 Arm Cortex-M4 cores, capable of computing 36 billion instructions per second.
Movandi will work with Keysight Technologies, as the startup uses Keysight test equipment to validate its BeamX millimeter-wave front-end beamforming designs. Movandi has developed a radio-frequency IC and beamforming antenna array that could be used in 5G wireless connectivity.
Pro Design, a supplier of prototyping products for embedded systems, introduced the proFPGA ZU11EG, ZU17EG and ZU19EG modules for development and verification of system-on-a-chip device designs based on Arm's Cortex processor cores. The modules combine Xilinx's Zynq UltraScale+ multiprocessor SoCs with quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 and dual-core Arm Cortex-R5 processors.
China is counting on its domestic production of memory chips, DRAMs and 3D NAND flash memory devices in particular, to resolve its trade imbalance in semiconductors, this analysis notes. The nation is also developing logic devices, but the big push is in memory technology.
Sony described aspects of its event-driven, low-power complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor image sensor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. Meanwhile, Microsoft detailed the latest version of the time-of-flight sensor in the Kinect-2, among other sensor technology papers presented by Panasonic and Toshiba.
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