RISC-V Expands its Audience
News & Analysis 12/1/2016 1 comment
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Open Source SoC Debuts
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO
News & Analysis 11/28/2016 1 comment
Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough
News & Analysis 11/25/2016 7 comments
All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here
News & Analysis 11/23/2016 4 comments
IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
News & Analysis 11/21/2016 1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
News & Analysis 11/18/2016 Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G
News & Analysis 11/16/2016 Post a comment
In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
News & Analysis 11/15/2016 3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
News & Analysis 11/15/2016 5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
AT&T: SIMs are Key to IoT Future
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 Post a comment
AT&T pronounced the Internet of Things (IoT) as already here in massive enough numbers to make it a sure thing for all future devices, but in need of tools it is providing like its "flow designer."
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
News & Analysis 11/10/2016 Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
News & Analysis 11/9/2016 1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
Comma.ai Fiasco Leaves None Unscathed
News & Analysis 11/3/2016 12 comments
The comma.ai incident exposes the contentious intersection between Silicon Valley companies with untested technologies and established carmakers who may have already won the trust of regulators. The hitch is that these old-line companies now also have untested autonomous-driving technologies.
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 1 comment
Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
News & Analysis 11/1/2016 2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
News & Analysis 11/1/2016 1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate.
The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Watson Wins GM
News & Analysis 10/29/2016 2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
News & Analysis 10/28/2016 11 comments
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.
Samsung Chips Offset Smartphone Disaster
News & Analysis 10/27/2016 1 comment
Samsung Electronics said strength in its semiconductor business offset the impact to its mobile phone business caused by exploding batteries in its flagship Galaxy Note 7 products.
Watson Use Proliferating
News & Analysis 10/27/2016 Post a comment
IBM's annual World of Watson released a plethora of new capabilities plus enumerated multiple new design wins, from the Toronto Raptors to General Motors.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
News & Analysis 10/26/2016 2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
IoT Networks Get New Provider
News & Analysis 10/25/2016 1 comment
M2M Spectrum Networks picked for its licensed sub-GHz bands in the U.S. the LoRa variant of Link Labs to serve users in the industrial Internet of Things.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
News & Analysis 10/25/2016 2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.