AMS Takeover Bid for Osram Fails

Sensor specialist AMS AG has failed to conclude a US$4.9 billion takeover of Osram Light AG. AMS said it had received the support of 51.6% of Osram shareholders, below the unconditional acceptance level of 62.5%. AMS nonetheless remains the largest single shareholder in Osram, having knocked Allianz Global Investors out of the top spot last…

The Shadow of the Human Factor

In a powerful explanation that was dramatized in the movie “Sully,” US Airways pilot Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger clarified vividly the significance of the “human factor” in our digital age. After saving 155 people by landing his disabled Airbus A320 in the Hudson River in January 2009, Sully became a national hero. But soon after, he…

u-blox Chip, Module Improve Global Positioning Accuracy

Among the key challenges for positioning technology are accuracy, especially in dense urban areas, and the ability to trust the reported position of a device. Swiss chip and module developer u-blox says its new M9 global-positioning platform addresses these issues, offering meter-level positioning accuracy and the ability to detect spoofing attacks when combined with special…

GaN HEMTs Boost Electric Motor Applications

Emerging electronics applications require electric motor designs that squeeze higher performance from ever more compact platforms. Designers are hard-pressed to meet the new requirements with motor driver circuits based on traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs. As silicon technology reaches theoretical limits for power density, breakdown voltage, and switching frequency, it gets tougher for designers to…

European Processor Initiative Announces Common Platform For HPC

As part of Europe’s multi-pronged approach to address research into and development of high performance computing (HPC) and data infrastructure with supporting innovation ecosystem, the European Processor Initiative (EPI) has completed its first anniversary with details of a new common platform for heterogenous compute environments. The EPI’s objective is to design and implement a roadmap…

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…