What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi
Junko Yoshida 5/16/2016 (1) comment
Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
Junko Yoshida 5/9/2016 (3) comments
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Will Intel's Drone Chips Fly?
Junko Yoshida 5/5/2016 Post a comment
Something about Intel’s drone efforts reminds me of Intel’s past stumbles in the mobile SoC market. Is Intel flying into the drone market from the wrong angle?
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business
Junko Yoshida 5/2/2016 (1) comment
As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
Quakes Hit Japan's IC & Auto Makers Hard
Junko Yoshida 4/18/2016 Post a comment
Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturers are struggling to assess damages to their manufacturing facilities after a series of earthquakes--as high as 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale--struck Kyushu, Japan’s southern island.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc.
Junko Yoshida 4/14/2016 (21) comments
The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
Is Car-to-Car Talk Done Deal in US?
Junko Yoshida 3/30/2016 Post a comment
By gaining the support of the city of Sunnyvale and partnering with Savari, Nissan, which has a Research Center in Sunnyvale, has effectively shifted its V2X test program into the real world. Who else are V2X ecosystem?
Autopilot: Flying vs. Driving
Junko Yoshida 3/28/2016 Post a comment
Autonomous car developers disagree whether to design a driverless or driver-optional vehicle. This disparity illustrates the almost impossible tasks in making infallible autonomous cars and predicting human behavior in interactions with highly automated systems.
12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers
Junko Yoshida 3/18/2016 (1) comment
Automakers know that drivers get tired, they get sleepy and, more often than not, their attention wanders. But technologies to monitor drivers have taken on a whole new meaning, as more automated features come into cars.
Drones' Challenge: Add 'Autonomy' in Flying
Junko Yoshida 3/17/2016 (1) comment
Most consumer drones today are flying blind. Taking on the challenge of autonomous flying are DJI, the world’s leading drone maker in Shenzhen, China, and Movidius (San Mateo, Calif.), a designer of low-power computer vision SoCs.
Cisco Explains 5G Auto Potential
Junko Yoshida 3/1/2016 (1) comment
If the Mobile World Congress this week is any indication, the discussion of 5G’s physical connectivity, while still important, has decidedly begun to shift to such topics as 5G network slicing and network virtualization.
What Does Auto Industry Want from 5G?
Junko Yoshida 2/10/2016 Post a comment
Although the cellular industry is busy pitching a yet-to-be-defined fifth-generation (5G) cellular standard as all things to all people (and all industries) including cars, carmakers' actual readiness for 5G is entirely another story.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving?
Junko Yoshida 2/5/2016 Post a comment
Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
34 Automotive Startups to Watch
Junko Yoshida 2/2/2016 Post a comment
The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
Junko Yoshida 2/1/2016 Post a comment
Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
Consumers Feel Perils of Connectivity
Junko Yoshida 1/18/2016 Post a comment
Connectivity is the main thing in the Internet of Things . But what if software updates, unbeknownst to users, go haywire, leaving people -- especially seniors, the ill and babies – inside in the cold?
Mobileye, Nvidia (and Others) Spar over Cars
Junko Yoshida 1/11/2016 Post a comment
The field of autonomous driving technologies revealed its substantial expansion at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Mobileye’s new mapping technology is potentially “most dangerous,” cautioned CEVA CEO, as it can lock in car makers using Mobileye’s EyeQ chip.
Faraday Future: Fact or Fantasy?
Junko Yoshida 1/6/2016 (2) comments
Faraday Future, one of the most hyped tech companies before this year's Consumer Electronics Show, unveils its cool concept car and plans for factory in Nevada.
NXP Set to Demystify Smart Homes
Junko Yoshida 1/5/2016 Post a comment
NXP is rolling out a “Lego-style” smart home development kit at the Consumer Electronic Show with a goal to “demystify smart homes for developers,” according to the company.
Thread’s Killer App?
Junko Yoshida 12/21/2015 Post a comment
These Thread devices to be demonstrated at CES can’t actually send commands to each other, unless they speak the same language. So, which application layer will each of those Thread products be using?
Making Interstate Safe for Cap’n Crunch
Junko Yoshida 12/15/2015 Post a comment
Startup Nauto plans to announce at CES 2016 a device based on cameras coupled with smart computer-vision algorithms to retrofit cars with driver-assistance technology that sets the stage for full autonomy.
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts
Junko Yoshida 12/10/2015 Post a comment
The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
Junko Yoshida 11/26/2015 Post a comment
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
Junko Yoshida 11/19/2015 Post a comment
During his keynote speech at the Embedded/IoT Technology conference, Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
Is Detroit Dead Meat?
Junko Yoshida 11/16/2015 Post a comment
Calling Detroit’s auto industry ‘dead meat’ presumes that car OEMs lack the skills to develop software-centric cars. I don’t disagree. But any conclusion that requires an almost blind faith in Google and Apple makes me leery.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout
Junko Yoshida 11/11/2015 Post a comment
IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
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