HP Lays Off 5,000 More Employees News & Analysis 12/31/2013 75 comments HP has now trimmed 11 percent of its workforce for the year as the company announces 5,000 new job cuts, bringing the total number of workers laid off by the company to 34,000 for the year.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts News & Analysis 12/24/2013 13 comments The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Intel Seeks Big Slice of Microservers News & Analysis 12/20/2013 30 comments Intel's director of cloud marketing and a couple of analysts discuss the company's upcoming offerings in the microserver and server segments. As ARM-based SOCs come gunning for Intel, the leading chipmaker looks to expand its portfolio and avoid overlap at the same time.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid News & Analysis 12/19/2013 20 comments One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
Microservers & Cloud Computing to Drive Server Growth News & Analysis 12/19/2013 9 comments After two years of decline, the server market is set to see significant growth, according to the IC Insight Market Drivers Report. That growth is mostly fueled by cloud computing and the demand for microservers -- a relatively new segment that allows for lightweight, inexpensive server processing.
E-Waste to Jump One-Third by 2017, StEP Report Says News & Analysis 12/18/2013 5 comments In 2017, the end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys, and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end to end on a highway straddling three-quarters of the Equator.
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.
Low-Power eCompass Modules Used in Xiaomi Handsets News & Analysis 12/17/2013 1 comment STMicroelectronics recently introduced its LSM303D accelerometer and magnetometer combo module to Xiaomi (Mi1S). The device meets minimal size constraints and allows significant reductions in power consumption without compromising performance in other areas.
Mindspeed Boosts Intel Baseband Play News & Analysis 12/17/2013 13 comments Intel has acquired the wireless division of Mindspeed, shortly after Mindspeed's business was mostly bought out by Macom. This shows not only Mindsppeed's desire to ramp down, if not completely close, its wireless division but Intel's desire to get into the wireless market.
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi News & Analysis 12/16/2013 12 comments Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
LPDDR4 Remains a Work In Progress News & Analysis 12/16/2013 Post a comment JEDEC is on track for a 2014 release for a specification that will double its speed and cut power consumption in half, and LPDDR3 has yet to fully supplant its predecessor.
Qualcomm Kicks Off Midrange 4G Fight News & Analysis 12/16/2013 11 comments Qualcomm kicked off the next round of competition in smartphones with its announcement of high-end and mid-range LTE chips last week. Broadcom, Mediatek and others are expected to join the 4G handset battle in 2014.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire? News & Analysis 12/13/2013 3 comments Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
We Drive Less: True or False? News & Analysis 12/12/2013 38 comments The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations News & Analysis 12/11/2013 8 comments Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
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.