Mobile Growth Shifts to Low End News & Analysis 4/30/2014 9 comments A maturation in the smartphone and tablet markets will align growth with eastern markets utilizing lower-tier devices, Analyst Linley Gwennap said in his keynote remarks during the Linley Tech Mobile Conference. Evolutions in mobile technology will also reflect these trends.
Apple Recruits New MedTech Rock Star News & Analysis 4/30/2014 6 comments Apple has added Divya Nag -- another medical device veteran -- to its growing roster of professionals with a background in life sciences. The hire could help Apple navigate the medical technology market.
Cirrus Logic to Buy Rival Wolfson for $467M News & Analysis 4/30/2014 1 comment Fabless analog and DSP vendor Cirrus Logic is on its way to becoming an audio chip powerhouse with a deal to acquire rival Wolfson Microelectronics for $467 million in cash and debt.
End Smartphone Patent Wars, Says EU News & Analysis 4/30/2014 3 comments Having seen the situation in US courts, the European Union wants to stop this kind of litigation because it limits innovation, hurts consumer choice, and creates an enormous burden on the courts and on European institutions.
AMD Unleashes Puma in Mobile News & Analysis 4/30/2014 9 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced two new mobile accelerated processing units – a low-power chip codenamed Mullins and a mainstream chip, Beema - as its next generation of cores. The Puma generation hinges on integrated security, improved power consumption, and increased processing capabilities.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups News & Analysis 4/30/2014 2 comments Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Google Car's Next Move News & Analysis 4/30/2014 11 comments Most impressive about the video clip posted by Google is how neatly Google Car’s computer vision organizes what it sees on streets into separate, independent boxes, according to IHS analyst.
NXP Beats 1Q Estimates News & Analysis 4/29/2014 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors' first-quarter earnings beat projections as sales growth was better than expected in nearly all its product segments.
ST Trims Losses in Q1 News & Analysis 4/29/2014 2 comments STMicroelectronics narrowed its losses in its first quarter as Europe’s largest chipmaker drastically cut costs by reducing R&D expenses and posting significantly lower impairment and restructuring charges.
Exar to Acquire Integrated Memory Logic for $223M News & Analysis 4/29/2014 Post a comment Exar Corp. took another step to advance its analog diversification strategy with a $223 million proposed deal to acquire Integrated Memory Logic Ltd. (iML), a fabless semiconductor company that provides power-management chips aimed at the flat-panel display market.
Is It Secure to Use BLE in Cars? News & Analysis 4/29/2014 25 comments How secure is Bluetooth Smart inside cars? The Bluetooth SIG is working behind the scenes to plug some security holes in Bluetooth Smart, and it's not quite finished.
Channeling Silicon Valley: Thailand Banks on Tech Startups News & Analysis 4/28/2014 Post a comment Embracing the idea that it will be innovative startups and entrepreneurs that will lay the foundation for a strong future economy, Thailand is putting a priority on science, technology, and innovation investment targets and creating an infrastructure to support fledgling startups
Auto OEMs Embrace Electric Tech News & Analysis 4/28/2014 1 comment The money is in batteries but the real energy is in software was the theme that emerged from the Silicon Valley Driving Charged and Connected Symposium on Thursday.
PCIe Still Strong Despite Alternatives News & Analysis 4/25/2014 1 comment Diablo Technologies sees its Memory Channel Architecture as a solution to PCIe limitations, but PCIe still has a five-year roadmap and inherent scalability that will keep it alive for years to come.
IBM's 3D Printer to Revolutionize Chip Prototyping News & Analysis 4/25/2014 7 comments IBM Research in Zurich has invented a microscopic 3D printer for patterning semiconductor substrates for fast prototyping with nanometer-scale resolution and licensed it to SwissLitho AG under the NanoFrazor name.
Soraa & the Rendering of Whites News & Analysis 4/25/2014 Post a comment According to new research from Penn State, Soraa's blue-pumped LED light does not activate the optical brightening agents present in pretty much any product that manufacturers want to appear whiter than white.
Tech Giants Settle Salary Suit News & Analysis 4/25/2014 20 comments Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel agree to settle a class action suit alleging they unfairly agreed not to hire one another's engineers and set pay ceilings.
IBM Power 8 Gains User, Skeptic News & Analysis 4/24/2014 9 comments Open relationships may be the future, and IBM is one of 26 industry leaders placing bets as part of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on its POWER 8 processor. There is skepticism around whether an open model can be successful in the competitive server market.
Analog Helps Drive TI's Q1 Profit News & Analysis 4/24/2014 1 comment Texas Instruments reported sales revenues up 3 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago, but that includes a $37 million benefit for the sale of a site and other assets related to a previously announced restructuring.
Spansion Expands Auto-Grade Flash Lineup News & Analysis 4/24/2014 9 comments As car OEMs' appetite for advanced driver assistance systems and more elaborate infotainment systems soars, Spansion is beefing up its flash memory lineup to meet the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide News & Analysis 4/23/2014 1 comment Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.