Android, China Rise in Smartphones
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 10 comments
The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 3 comments
Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment
Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 6 comments
A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
Pi in the Sky Over New York
News & Analysis 7/30/2014 15 comments
Residents of the five boroughs (and even that far away land, New Jersey) viewed the intersection of science and nature earlier this month, with skyscraper-sized cryptic message causing many eyes to gaze upward.
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record
News & Analysis 7/30/2014 22 comments
An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
News & Analysis 7/29/2014 1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3
News & Analysis 7/29/2014 6 comments
Using a 25 nm manufacturing process, Micron has created a monolithic 8 Gb DDR3 SDRAM component, while a startup is squeezing 8 Gb into a single chipset using proprietary techniques.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes
News & Analysis 7/28/2014 14 comments
The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
Geotracker Tags Unlicensed Band
News & Analysis 7/25/2014 10 comments
We’re tracking a startup budding from San Francisco’s Internet of Things gulch – and it’s tracking us. Iotera is banking on the long-range power of its geotracking system to change the way people, animals, and devices are located across cities.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
News & Analysis 7/25/2014 17 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
60 GHz Startup Targets Mobile
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 10 comments
On the heels of Qualcomm’s acquisition of 60 GHz chipset manufacturer Wilcoity, startup Nitero is releasing its first 60 GHz WiFi silicon taregting mobile displays and I/O.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 17 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems
News & Analysis 7/23/2014 3 comments
Silicon photonics will someday replace the expensive gallium arsenide photonics components used today, but all the subsystems have to be created in silicon, which Imec is doing one-by-one.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
News & Analysis 7/23/2014 30 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
News & Analysis 7/22/2014 29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
News & Analysis 7/22/2014 3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
25G Ethernet on Tap at IEEE
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 5 comments
In the wake of a June launch for an industry consortium driving 25 Gbit/s Ethernet for use in data centers, an IEEE 802.3 group voted last week to pursue a standard for the technology.
NAND Suit: Toshiba Seeks $1.1B From SK Hynix
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 7 comments
South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that Toshiba Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion in damages over the suspected theft of data related to NAND flash memory chip technology.
VC Investments Spike in Q2
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 1 comment
US companies posted double-digit increases in second-quarter investments from a year earlier, leading to the highest rate of capital investment in 13 years.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
MIT Wrist-Robot Adds Extra Fingers
News & Analysis 7/18/2014 20 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a wrist-worn robot that adds two fingers adjacent the thumb and pinky to help perform tasks with one hand that would ordinarily require two.
OCZ Updates SQL Flash Accelerator
News & Analysis 7/18/2014 Post a comment
Toshiba-owned company makes flash acceleration simple for SQ L DBAs with updates to support the latest version of the popular Microsoft database software and virtualized environments.