Startup Raises Ante in Comms
News & Analysis 12/30/2014 9 comments
Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
Analysts Predict CES Hotspots
News & Analysis 12/29/2014 10 comments
A few technologies and themes arise from each International CES, the massive annual consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The upcoming event will likely feature improved-upon devices from 2014, with a more fleshed-out hardware ecosystem.
Intel Reportedly Buying Smartwatch Startup
News & Analysis 3/4/2014 2 comments
Intel may have purchased smartphone startup Basis, as part of the tech giant’s new focus on wearables and the Internet of Things. San Francisco-based Basis may have sold for between $100 -$150 million.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Making Smartphones Smarter
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 2 comments
A panel of experts discussed trends in handset development at International CES and debated what will spark public interest in 2014 and beyond. Executives from Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and Ad Colony agreed that managing data and making meaningful consumer experiences will be the deciding factor in manufacturer and advertiser success.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Octacore Lands in Alcatel's Android OneTouch
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 2 comments
At this week’s CES in Las Vegas, Alcatel revamped its flagship smartphone lineup with the Android-based OneTouch Idol X+, which takes advantage of MediaTek’s new eight-core MT6592 True Octa-Core chipset.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off'
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 11 comments
Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 9 comments
MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
ST Brings 64-Bit ARM Home
News & Analysis 1/8/2014 14 comments
STMicroelectronics announced plans to upgrade its existing 32-bit ARM-based SoCs for TVs and set-tops to 64-bit using ARM Cortex-A53 and A57 cores.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
News & Analysis 1/7/2014 13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Nvidia Unveils 192-Core Processor
News & Analysis 1/6/2014 6 comments
Nvidia introduced its next generation mobile processor, Tegra K1, at International CES. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the 192 core super chip, built on Kepler architecture, brings “the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to mobile computing.”
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES
News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments
Qualcomm will leverage its strong presence in the in-car cellular modem market to advance automakers’ telematics business and join the brewing in-vehicle infotainment platform battle by introducing auto-grade Snapdragon.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing
News & Analysis 1/3/2014 10 comments
Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
CES: Samsung touts green memory
News & Analysis 1/11/2013 8 comments
Samsung, as a huge player in the entire connected ecosystem, has decided it needs to tackle the problem and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, was touting its “green memory” to clean up the data center.
Video: Intel’s CES press conference highlights
News & Analysis 1/10/2013 5 comments
At CES, the firm announced a pull-in of its low powered processors from fourth generation to third generation Ivy bridge products, exceeding even its own previously stated power targets, for what the company hopes will produce thinner, lighter, longer battery life devices.
CES slideshow: Gadgets galore at opener
News & Analysis 1/7/2013 11 comments
A trend at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is the proliferation of devices using wireless and sensors while leveraging apps running on smartphones and tablets. Here are some examples.
Texas Instruments shows off Pico HD projector
News & Analysis 1/21/2012 11 comments
At CES, Texas Instruments was keeping its eye on the big picture, through its littlest chipsets. The firm was literally beaming as it showed off its latest generation of DLP projector chipset, the Pico HD, capable of HD WXGA resolution projections from up to 100 inches away.
Android 4.0 running on AMD Brazos platform spotted
News & Analysis 1/21/2012 9 comments
Despite Intel’s best efforts to cozy up to Google and focus the firm’s entire ultra-mobile strategy on Android, CPU rival AMD is showing it doesn’t need a partnership to run Google’s latest and greatest iteration on its own platform.
iRobot shows off tablet headed AVA bot at CES
News & Analysis 1/19/2012 3 comments
Even robots at CES were letting tablets get to their heads, especially iRobot’s AVA, whose swivel head, perched atop its articulating torso and holonomic base, was an iPad.
AVA, who tootles around on her set of semi-spherical wheels has six degrees of motion freedom, and is head and shoulders more advanced than her little brother --the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner—made by the same firm.
Sphero's robotic smart balls roll the CES showfloor
News & Analysis 1/18/2012 5 comments
Robots at CES came in a multitude of shapes and sizes, but one of the smaller, friendlier looking devices was Sphero, the world’s first smartphone controlled robotic ball.
Sphero, which weighs in at just 168 grams with a 74mm diameter is controlled using Bluetooth from either an Apple device or Android smartphone, with a range of up to 50 feet.