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Case Study: How Hoverboard Makers Neglected Safety

The hoverboard safety standard is an example of how nimbly and quickly an independent organization like UL can resolve a safety crisis involving a consumer product. Compared with the catastrophic crashes of two Boeing 737 Max airliners last fall and spring, the consumer hoverboards that caught fire in 2015 seem like small potatoes. Obviously, the…

The Future of Power Conversion Is Now, and SiC and GaN Are the Enablers

The latest generation of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones based on Infineon’s unique sealed dual membrane technology defines a new benchmark for high-end applications, enabling a whole new audio experience for a large range of consumer devices. Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors have advantages over traditional silicon semiconductors that make them the new…

Procurement ‘Acts Local’ but ‘Thinks Global’

AspenCore’s first Global Purchasing Survey finds that procurement executives must be more nimble than ever. Luckily, they are well-suited for the job. Electronics purchasing executives want to engage with supply chain partners that can support their operations around the world. Unfortunately, a truly global supply network doesn’t yet exist. “Think global, act local” is the…

AI Holds the Key to Decoding the Brain

In an age where we can construct complex electronic chips with feature sizes in the single-nanometer range, it’s easy to forget that we still don’t know everything about how the human brain works. The exact nature of the brain’s signal transfers to other body parts via the central nervous system is a code we have…

USB Type-C Power Management for Portable Devices

Energy consumption is one of the biggest challenges for the mobile technology sector. USB-C was supposed to be primarily a connectivity option, but it is increasingly finding favor because it is also a useful means of managing power in portable devices.  In this ever-evolving mobile ecosystem, devices become more and more intelligent and powerful, which…

AI will Become Standard Feature in Smartphone SoCs

According to a new report from French analyst house Yole Développement, AI acceleration will soon become an expected feature in smartphone application processors. However, the analysts also identified the technology’s impact on the smart home ecosystem as a fast-growing market. The report, “Artificial Intelligence Computing for Consumer,” estimates the market for AI computing hardware for…

Neuromorphic Revolution to Start in 2024

Deep learning is “not actually learning,” said Mike Davies, head of Intel’s neuromorphic computing unit at this year’s International Solid State Circuits Conference. His words revived the neuromorphic debate through the AI community at a time when data bandwidth constraints and computational requirements escalate.  2024 is expected to be the start of the neuromorphic revolution,…