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.