Semiconductor

Design for Reliability: You Have the Tools

In 2018, I had to replace some failed components on a 25-year-old HP 34401A digital multimeter (DMM). Two capacitors had failed, taking out diodes as well. That was the third time I’d had to replace failed capacitors within a year (the others were in a computer monitor and a DVD recorder). The engineers who designed…

Power-Device R&D Taps the Potential of Wide-Bandgap Properties

The quest for more-efficient electronics centers on power devices, and semiconductor materials are at the vanguard of the R&D activity. Silicon’s low cost and wide availability enabled it to overtake germanium years ago as the dominant power semiconductor material. Today, however, silicon is ceding its dominance in power devices to two higher-efficiency alternatives: silicon carbide…

Bosch Outlines Importance of Silicon Carbide in e-mobility

At a press event in Dresden, Germany, this month, Bosch outlined the importance of silicon carbide (SiC) in its electromobility vision, and how it would help overcome ‘range anxiety’ for electric vehicles. Bosch said SiC will set the pace in the power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles. A major benefit of silicon carbide’s characteristics…

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…

Hybrid Chips for 5G Mobile

In most current devices, silicon-based CMOS chips are used for computing, but they prove to be inefficient for lighting and communications, resulting in performance loss and thermal problems. This is why the current 5G mobile devices on the market become very hot during use and turn off after a short time. The electronic devices of…

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…

Technological Innovation at the Maker Faire

The Maker Faire has always been a great technological event. It stimulates the inventiveness of everyone to create a market opportunity through a fun and innovative formula, combining moments of business with a series of professional workshops. During the three-day event, there were over 100 thousand total attendances,and more than 28 thousand students participated in…