Asia-Pacific IC Usage Domination Growing News & Analysis 9/17/2014 6 comments Asia-Pacific is the dominant market for ICs for most products categories. The exceptions are Europe, leading in the automotive sector, and the Americas region, leading in government and military, according to IC Insights.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity News & Analysis 9/17/2014 16 comments Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be “the next connected space,” a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Android One Rides Mediatek News & Analysis 9/16/2014 5 comments Taiwan’s leading mobile chip vendor will power Google’s Android One-branded, low-cost “high-quality” smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The initiative aims to put feature-rich handsets in a largely smartphone-less arena, which MediaTek dubs the “super-mid market.”
7nm EUV Could Ease 10nm Squeeze News & Analysis 9/16/2014 15 comments After a cost-squeezed 10 nm node using mainly immersion steppers, EUV will be ready for production on 7 nm chips, says ASML’s latest lithography road map.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches News & Analysis 9/16/2014 3 comments Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 18 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity News & Analysis 9/12/2014 39 comments Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents News & Analysis 9/12/2014 5 comments Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight News & Analysis 9/12/2014 22 comments Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 3 comments Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 5 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers News & Analysis 9/9/2014 5 comments Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
Small Cells Tipped by Big 3 News & Analysis 9/9/2014 7 comments Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their small cell base stations, highlighting migration to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In News & Analysis 9/8/2014 26 comments The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 9 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
6 Things I Expect at IDF News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 13 comments Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 8/22/2014 7 comments Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier News & Analysis 8/21/2014 12 comments Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race News & Analysis 8/20/2014 8 comments As competing wireless networking technologies gun for the smart home market, many contenders believe mesh networking is the heart of the matter for the Internet of Things.
Microsoft Counters Google Chromebook News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments Microsoft is gearing up in its fight to bring Windows to the lower end of the laptop market. The company earlier announced it would sell sub $200 versions of its Lumia smartphone, and will target this price range again with Windows OS laptops for $199 and $249.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid News & Analysis 8/20/2014 4 comments ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
Intel Haswell Bug Won't Bite Many News & Analysis 8/18/2014 5 comments bug found in Intel’s Haswell processors may have the potential for system disruption, but most users will likely not encounter any issues. The error will also be included in upcoming Broadwell Y-series chips for use in Core M-based tablets.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip News & Analysis 8/16/2014 1 comment Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race News & Analysis 8/14/2014 6 comments Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds News & Analysis 8/13/2014 12 comments Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits News & Analysis 8/13/2014 20 comments Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.