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EETE NOVEMBER 2012

CONTENTS NOvEmbEr 2012 opinion 24 Secure car access: when proximity is the key Decawave unveils a new 4 Uncommon Market: Will China bury its bad IP past? approach to keyless car access relying on the precise location of 50 Last Word: Innovative interfaces for a new generation a token relative to the car to clev- erly open the nearest door or start the engine without any specific news & tecHnoLoGY action required from the driver. 6 French startup takes on FPGAs - WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS with multicore DSP chip Kalray in Paris has sampled a 38 Optimising mobile networks 256-core digital signal processing with MIMO and DAS chip built in TSMC’s leading edge With the growth in wireless 28nm technology but with a fraction of the power usage, mobile operators are consumption of today’s FPGAs. constantly looking for ways to deliver more capacity in their 8 Globalfoundries’ 14-nm is ‘low-shrink’ node networks without using pre- cious spectrum resources. 8 20nm and CoWoS reference flows enable next generation chip designs 41 ZigBee to the rescue of Fifth Play services Cable companies and service providers worldwide 10 Silicon Europe: a cluster of clusters to boost the are about to start rolling out a new Fifth Play service European micro- and nanoelectronics industry offering that makes the connected home more of a smart home. 12 Inter-chip photonic wire bonding links support several terabits per - POWER ELECTRONICS second A team of researchers in Germany 46 Powering LED luminaires: is EMC mitigation or has developed a novel optical prevention the best option? connection to replace wire bonds Compromises and work-arounds undertaken in an on a semiconductor chip. effort to meet the requirements of electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) have had the potential in the past 12 Bandwidth is key as Altera plans for the end of cop- to markedly impair the reliability and efficiency, and per backplanes increase the total production cost, of the power cir- cuit in an LED luminaire. 14 Research cooperation aims at affordable energy storage for e-cars 49 High power applications get efficiency boost The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and through special IGBT design Stuttgart-based M+W Group have signed an agree- Energy efficiency require- ment for research cooperation to significantly reduce ments set by regulatory agen- energy and material costs in the battery production. cies in different regions are steering the adoption of very 14 Europe to tackle efficient, low-cost quantum cas- efficient power semiconduc- cade laser sensors tors and enabling smart sys- Reuniting no less than eighteen tem solutions in order to meet European research partners, the efficiency standard. the MIRIFISENS FP7 collabora- tive project main objective is to 43 Power management for solid state drives develop a Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) light engine. ReadeR offeR desiGn & pRoducts 56 This month, ESPROS Pho- SPECIAL FOCUS: tonics AG is giving away - AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS one full epc600 evaluation kit worth CHF 1650 (about 16 ISO26262 in automotive IC development: 1365 Euros) for EE Times just a tick-box exercise? Europe readers to evaluate its epc600 Time of Flight 20 Automotive headlamps demand (ToF) chip. buck-boost LED drivers 57 distRibution coRneR 3 Electronic Engineering Times Europe November 2012 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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