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.
Pandora's Music Genome Project drives success at CES News & Analysis 1/18/2012 1 comment Pandora internet radio may seem like a rather recent phenomenon, a startup borne of the last couple of years, but the company has actually been working on its highly advanced music selection algorithm for 12 years. The company counts 125 million listeners in the U.S. and is rapidly expanding its reach.
Android will run better on our chips says Intel News & Analysis 1/17/2012 23 comments Intel may have missed the smartphone boat the first time around, but the chip maker is determined not to let the opportunity set sail without it again, making its first big moves in ultra-mobility at last week’s CES 2012.
Showing off a reference design smartphone and announcing partnerships with both Motorola and LG, Intel is determined to make its mark on mobile this coming year, starting with the Chinese market and then expanding out.
Kivic ONE brings AirPlay to cars at CES News & Analysis 1/15/2012 2 comments With the recent surge of smart devices, demand to play one’s media anywhere and everywhere is also on the rise. This demand has spawned companies like Kivic, which was showing off its range of wireless and AirPlay compatible products at CES in Las Vegas last week.
Pure's digital radios pump up the volume at CES News & Analysis 1/15/2012 3 comments Pure, a consumer facing subsidiary of graphics company Imagination Technologies, has made its name with a range of innovative, attractive Internet, FM and digital radios.
A British company, Pure made its debut in the UK with its Evoke-1 in 2002, which was so successful, it catapulted the firm to become the largest digital radio manufacturer in the world.
Ultrabooks expected to drive growth of cache SSDs News & Analysis 1/13/2012 13 comments Shipments of cache solid state drives—NAND flash drives that run alongside a separate hard drive—are projected to soar by more than 100-fold between now and the end of 2015, thanks in large part to Intel's Ultrabook initiative, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
CES Analysis: Mobile defines TV News & Analysis 1/12/2012 12 comments Brace yourself for the dawn of a new consumer electronics era, one in which TV no longer defines itself. Evident in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the notion that mobile devices are beginning to redefine what TV must do next – in terms of apps, services and connectivity that hardware will need to accommodate.
LaCie hits CES with its Thunderbolt products News & Analysis 1/11/2012 2 comments Computer hardware maker LaCie was out to strike a home run at CES with new Thunderbolt interconnect technology products, including its 2big external hard drive, a follow up to the firm’s double SSD “little big disk.”
EE Times editorial wrap up of CES press day News & Analysis 1/11/2012 3 comments EE Times reporter Sylvie Barak and TechInsights analyst Allan Yogasingam discuss the news from CES press day. Highlights included Intel's Nikiski concept running on an Ultrabook, Haswell, DX11, Nvidia's Asus Transformer demo, and gadgets from Pepcom.
Body monitoring devices; a healthy trend at CES News & Analysis 1/11/2012 4 comments A particularly healthy trend at CES 2012 is to be found in body monitoring devices. These devices, typically running on low power ARM based chipsets can be strapped on to a person’s arm or chest, and monitor various bits of body activity, from calorie intake to sleep quality, daily exercise and much more besides.
Nest Thermostat keeps it cool at CES News & Analysis 1/11/2012 2 comments Smart home is a term which gets thrown around rather a lot at tech trade shows, but one device that really exemplifies what a modern smart home can be is the Nest Thermostat.
Designed by members of a team who worked on Apple’s iPod, the Nest is a sleek looking digital thermostat which can actually “learn” its owners’ schedule and then continue to regulate temperature to suit the user’s preferences and patterns.
Connected TVs still a holy grail at CES News & Analysis 1/11/2012 2 comments While technology pundits forecast the possibilities of futuristic televisions, George Haber of silicon tuner vendor Cresta Tech believes TVs first have to overcome their regional limitations.
3-D TV or Myspace TV? News & Analysis 1/10/2012 13 comments Consumers have been lukewarm toward 3-D TVs in the past two years. Even some of us in the media who used to be hungry for 3-D are no longer drooling. But never mind that. All the major TV companies, ranging from Samsung and Panasonic to Sharp and Sony, announced a host of new 3-D products at press conferences Monday. Meanwhile 3-D TV pitch took a back seat, compared to Samsung’s new “enjoy and share” connectivity strategy, or Panasonic’s announcement on a partnership deal with Myspace TV.
Ballmer foretells new era in computing, entertainment and smartphones in final Microsoft CES keynote News & Analysis 1/10/2012 6 comments Steve Ballmer’s delivery of the last Microsoft CES keynote, 17 years after Bill Gates first took to the stage in 1995 with a CES workshop, signified the end of an era, and the beginning of a new stage in Microsoft’s story, a stage in which it emerges fully from behind the WinTel duopoly and competes toe to toe in the smartphone, entertainment and mobile computing arenas, a competition defined as much by ecosystems as it is by technology.
Samsung: Free the TV challenge News & Analysis 1/10/2012 7 comments Nowadays, every TV manufacturer dreads being categorized as just another TV company. Samsung has a plan to combat the problem. And it might not be a bad plan.
The Korean giant is determined to leverage its current position as the world’s number one TV brand, the number one smartphone vendor, and one of the strongest semiconductor manufacturers. If the company plays its cards right, Samsung could be the latest company to rewrite the history of consumer electronics, which is traditionally plagued
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.