Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue News & Analysis 4/17/2014 Post a comment Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Quantenna Speeds Up WiFi News & Analysis 4/17/2014 Post a comment As several major companies roll out 802.11ac solutions with multi-user, multiple input-multiple output (MU-MIMO), local startup Quantenna Communications has announced chip that’s a step ahead.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors News & Analysis 4/17/2014 1 comment Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 5 comments Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit News & Analysis 4/16/2014 9 comments At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Freescale Upgrades Small-Cell SoC News & Analysis 4/10/2014 1 comment At its annual trade show, Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor debuted its next generation SoC for multi-standard wireless base stations. Developed in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, the QorIQ Qonverge B4860 chip is designed for widespread deployment in dense metropolitan areas.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’ News & Analysis 4/10/2014 10 comments Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain News & Analysis 4/9/2014 Post a comment The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
The Man Behind pcDuino News & Analysis 4/8/2014 7 comments The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM News & Analysis 4/8/2014 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed News & Analysis 4/7/2014 15 comments An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Park Assist for Economy Cars News & Analysis 4/2/2014 19 comments In hopes of bringing advanced automotive features such as park assist and blind spot detection to economy cars, Freescale has teamed up with Broadcom to develop a compact MCU integrated with BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY.
WiFi Chip Tracks Indoor Location News & Analysis 4/1/2014 4 comments Broadcom's 802.11ac SoC is designed for pinpoint indoor positioning technology, with a more powerful ARM processor able to process location coordinates within several nanoseconds.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit News & Analysis 3/31/2014 11 comments Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap? News & Analysis 3/27/2014 13 comments Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
China to Blow $10B a Year on Chips News & Analysis 3/25/2014 18 comments Semiconductor business in China is abuzz about the huge chunk of money China’s central and local governments are about to plunk down on the domestic chip industry.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool News & Analysis 3/24/2014 1 comment Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT News & Analysis 3/20/2014 38 comments Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS? News & Analysis 3/20/2014 8 comments After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
GloFo Shows Progress in 3D Stacks News & Analysis 3/19/2014 7 comments GlobalFoundries will report on progress creating a 3D chip stack in a 20 nm process without requiring keep-out zones around its through-silicon vias.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged News & Analysis 3/19/2014 3 comments Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed News & Analysis 3/18/2014 19 comments China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab News & Analysis 3/14/2014 8 comments Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.