Graphics API Gets Makeover News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better News & Analysis 3/2/2015 9 comments The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Intel Tablet SoCs Pack LTE News & Analysis 3/2/2015 1 comment Intel announced a new family of SoCs and modems for mobile devices under its Atom brand, targeting low to premium markets. The chip giant hopes to win a large share of the mobile space with highly integrated processors and excellent graphics.
Imagination Dons Wearable GPU News & Analysis 3/2/2015 1 comment Imagination Technologies announced a suite of video IP cores for the next generation of graphic displays at Mobile World Congress. Alongside a set of video encoder cores, the UK company also announced a new PowerVR GPU for mobile and wearables.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars News & Analysis 3/2/2015 Post a comment Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger News & Analysis 3/1/2015 10 comments NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
Samsung Phones Pack 14nm SoC News & Analysis 3/1/2015 3 comments Samsung will pack a handful of new technologies -- including a 14nm Exynos applications processor -- into its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones announced here. The handsets also sport a new fast-charging battery, novel memory stack, simplified user interface, and advanced camera features.
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI News & Analysis 3/1/2015 1 comment Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport News & Analysis 2/27/2015 Post a comment Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth News & Analysis 2/25/2015 6 comments Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress News & Analysis 2/25/2015 4 comments Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko News & Analysis 2/24/2015 2 comments Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
AMD Describes Notebook Processor News & Analysis 2/23/2015 1 comment AMD’s next-gen notebook processor, Carrizo, packs a south bridge and HEVC decoder in the same space as its previous Kaveri chip, it said at ISSCC.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs News & Analysis 2/23/2015 8 comments Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores News & Analysis 2/23/2015 4 comments EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm News & Analysis 2/22/2015 17 comments Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect News & Analysis 2/19/2015 2 comments Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High News & Analysis 2/18/2015 12 comments Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime News & Analysis 2/13/2015 2 comments As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 2/13/2015 1 comment Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’ News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law News & Analysis 2/6/2015 1 comment Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT News & Analysis 2/4/2015 Post a comment Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors News & Analysis 2/3/2015 18 comments ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers News & Analysis 2/2/2015 1 comment Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade News & Analysis 2/2/2015 5 comments Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.
China Clouds Chip Outlook News & Analysis 2/2/2015 3 comments The SIA reported semiconductors grew at a respectable 9.9% rate in 2014, but its new CEO is headed to China to address trade policies raising concerns.