Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers News & Analysis 2/17/2017 Post a comment Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside News & Analysis 2/15/2017 Post a comment Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder News & Analysis 2/13/2017 1 comment The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump’s travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
MediaTek Launches New Helio SoC News & Analysis 2/8/2017 Post a comment MediaTek unveiled the Helio P25, an extension of the company’s high-end mobile processor family. The new SoC combines eight cores with the company’s proprietary image signal processor (ISP) as well as dual-camera features.
V-Nova Plucks Faroudja’s Patent Portfolio News & Analysis 2/8/2017 1 comment The news earlier this week that London-based V-Nova has acquired Faroudja Enterprises’ complete patent portfolio – lock, stock and barrel – speaks volumes about the rapid changes affecting the market in video technologies.
iPhone Share Drops in China for First Time News & Analysis 2/8/2017 Post a comment Apple’s share of China’s smartphone market has dropped for the first time as consumers in the world’s most populous nation show a growing acceptance of locally made handsets, according to market research firm IDC.
TSMC, Samsung Diverge at 7nm News & Analysis 2/8/2017 9 comments TSMC and Samsung described 7nm SRAMs at ISSCC, showing how different the companies’ process offerings will be under than name.
Atomic-scale Electronics Probed News & Analysis 2/7/2017 1 comment IBM's scanning probe thermometry combines a scanning tunneling microscope with a microelectromechanical system to measure the temperature of individual atoms.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/7/2017 6 comments Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
Object-Detection Becomes Wearable News & Analysis 2/6/2017 1 comment Obstacle-detection technology, enabled by sensor fusion, is at the core of autonomous cars. What are the possibilities of applying the same sensor-fusion technology to wearable devices to aid the visually impaired or blind?
Chip Group Sets 2017 Policies News & Analysis 2/2/2017 Post a comment The Semiconductor Industry Association released an eight-point policy agenda for 2017 that may clash with President Trump’s plans on trade and immigration.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles News & Analysis 2/2/2017 9 comments Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Trinamic Surfing ‘Automation’ Wave News & Analysis 2/1/2017 2 comments Automation is a mega trend. Sensors and connectivity are key enablers for automation. But what about actuators and motors? Little known Germany company Trinamic hopes to connect the physical and digital worlds through its diverse motion control solutions.
Nokia Applies IMPACT to IoT Fragmentation News & Analysis 1/31/2017 Post a comment Lack of security and fragmentation are often cited as basic reasons why the Internet of Things market has been slow to catch fire. Nokia hopes to provide pre-integrated applications that help alleviate customers’ initial trepidation before plunging into IoT.
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017 News & Analysis 1/27/2017 7 comments The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption News & Analysis 1/26/2017 Post a comment Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle News & Analysis 1/26/2017 19 comments Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17 News & Analysis 1/26/2017 2 comments Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, said it expects strong memory sales this year as the balance between supply and demand tightens.
MediaTek Expects Slow Q1 Growth News & Analysis 1/26/2017 1 comment MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, is forecasting slow growth during the first quarter this year as the overall market remains in the doldrums.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits News & Analysis 1/25/2017 8 comments Qualcomm’s quarter profits fell as a result of a fine from the Korea government in one of now five cases alleging unfair patent licensing.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan Dropped? News & Analysis 1/25/2017 1 comment A China-based memory chip called Sino King Technology, founded with ambitious goals by the former CEO of Elpida less than a year ago, has apparently ceased operations.
EUV in Focus at Photonics West News & Analysis 1/25/2017 3 comments Researchers at Photonics West will discuss advances in a 250W light source for EUV lithography, new infrared cameras and Li-Fi, data communications using LED lights.
UMC’s 28nm Ramp to Slip This Year News & Analysis 1/24/2017 3 comments United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said the ramp of its most advanced node, 28nm, will probably slip during the early portion of 2017 under strong competition.
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco News & Analysis 1/24/2017 2 comments GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
TI Reorgs Analog Group News & Analysis 1/20/2017 2 comments Texas Instruments reorganized four analog groups into three, eliminating no products but causing a small number of layoffs in support personnel.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook News & Analysis 1/20/2017 5 comments The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.