5G Makes Waves for Asia Giants News & Analysis 4/27/2015 Post a comment The recent 5G Forum USA, held in Palo Alto, Calif., brought together researchers and executives from major telcos and universities to discuss next generation communications for multiple markets. Representatives from several Asian communications giants discussed was radio communications and virtual networks will help ease the transition to 5G.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
NFC Makes e-Ink Fashionable News & Analysis 4/22/2015 Post a comment Take a flexible e-Ink display foil, shape it and turn it into a wearable accessory, then control the black & white display using your smartphone through an NFC connection, uploading any design to match your outfit.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality' News & Analysis 4/19/2015 7 comments Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion News & Analysis 4/16/2015 4 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness News & Analysis 4/16/2015 Post a comment In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei News & Analysis 4/15/2015 4 comments Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age News & Analysis 4/14/2015 6 comments Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec News & Analysis 4/10/2015 14 comments V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot News & Analysis 4/9/2015 Post a comment A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency News & Analysis 4/9/2015 8 comments Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate News & Analysis 4/8/2015 1 comment Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix News & Analysis 4/2/2015 Post a comment Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks News & Analysis 4/2/2015 4 comments The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs? News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Linux Seeks Security, Unity News & Analysis 3/27/2015 3 comments Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much News & Analysis 3/25/2015 9 comments At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC News & Analysis 3/23/2015 1 comment Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Sensor Network on Board of ISS Secures Air Quality News & Analysis 3/23/2015 Post a comment Environmental conditions such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air composition are vital for the life at the International Space Station (ISS). To collect these data at high accuracy and reliability, the German aerospace research centre DLR and Airbus Defence & Space developed and installed the Wise-Net wireless sensor network at the ISS; the measurement campaign was more successful than expected.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50? News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2 News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
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