IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block? News & Analysis 2/7/2014 50 comments Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Power Week-in-Review: 10 EV Predictions News & Analysis 2/6/2014 2 comments This week, 10 market and technology predictions for electric vehicles in 2014, an energy harvester that continuously converts low-frequency vibration to electricity, a "proton flow" battery that could offer an economical hydrogen-based alternative to lithium, and a real-time AC power monitor IC.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk News & Analysis 2/5/2014 23 comments In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Sony Negotiating to Sell Its Vaio PC Business News & Analysis 2/4/2014 13 comments As PC sales continue to languish, Sony is looking to potentially sell its Vaio PC business according to reports. While Chinese vendor Lenovo is one possible bidder, the latest information from Nikkei details a plan whereby Sony may try to sell most of the business.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal News & Analysis 2/1/2014 4 comments Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap News & Analysis 1/31/2014 15 comments MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC News & Analysis 1/29/2014 15 comments In spite of bullish figures in emerging markets and opportunities in low-margin products, growth in the global market for tablets is going to decline in coming years, according to research firm IDC. Saturation in mature markets is primarily to blame.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up News & Analysis 1/28/2014 3 comments The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event? News & Analysis 1/28/2014 19 comments Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile News & Analysis 1/16/2014 6 comments TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B News & Analysis 1/14/2014 45 comments Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Making Smartphones Smarter News & Analysis 1/13/2014 2 comments A panel of experts discussed trends in handset development at International CES and debated what will spark public interest in 2014 and beyond. Executives from Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and Ad Colony agreed that managing data and making meaningful consumer experiences will be the deciding factor in manufacturer and advertiser success.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Wellness Products at CES Weigh In Slideshow 1/12/2014 16 comments If you weren't walking miles already at this year's International CES, hundreds of vendors offered wares to keep you healthy. From fitness to improved sleep and at-home medical care, click through to read about the gadgets we liked best.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off' News & Analysis 1/9/2014 11 comments Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan News & Analysis 1/9/2014 9 comments MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
10 Top IoT Stories of 2013 News & Analysis 1/8/2014 5 comments Internet of Things articles on security, low-cost dev boards, Intel's Quark, and reports from a handful of conferences won the most clicks in 2013.
Wireless Execs Make Waves at CES News & Analysis 1/7/2014 Post a comment Here are excerpts from a panel at CES on the status and outlook of wireless technology that included experts from Broadcom, Ericsson, and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV News & Analysis 1/7/2014 13 comments LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Qualcomm will leverage its strong presence in the in-car cellular modem market to advance automakers’ telematics business and join the brewing in-vehicle infotainment platform battle by introducing auto-grade Snapdragon.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
60 GHz DuoTargets Small Cells News & Analysis 1/3/2014 15 comments InterDigital and BluWireless may design a 60 GHz board for backhaul on small cell base stations, part of a growing set of efforts around 5G nets.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts News & Analysis 12/24/2013 13 comments The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.