5G Calling: Alliances Form News & Analysis 7/16/2014 1 comment Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs News & Analysis 7/16/2014 28 comments In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount News & Analysis 7/15/2014 8 comments Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol News & Analysis 7/15/2014 6 comments Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IBM Migrates to the Cloud News & Analysis 7/14/2014 3 comments IBM says it can offer its cloud customers 90 percent savings with its hardware, software, and storage capability for cloud-based and hybrid users.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market? News & Analysis 7/11/2014 8 comments Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices News & Analysis 7/10/2014 8 comments This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team News & Analysis 7/10/2014 Post a comment Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance News & Analysis 7/10/2014 1 comment The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves News & Analysis 7/9/2014 6 comments Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
MIT Puts 36-Core Internet on a Chip News & Analysis 7/8/2014 3 comments MIT has created an Internet-on-a-chip architecture that can scale to any number processors using twin mesh networks to ensure cache coherency even though its prototype has only 32 cores.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy News & Analysis 7/7/2014 1 comment Fabless semi company DecaWave aims to end accuracy issues associated with the burgeoning indoor location tracking market. Its new CMOS module, based on the DWM1000 chip, locates objects using time of flight systems to a precision of 10 cm indoors.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics News & Analysis 7/7/2014 2 comments While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now? News & Analysis 7/3/2014 16 comments SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench News & Analysis 7/3/2014 Post a comment National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices News & Analysis 7/3/2014 10 comments This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
EZchip Buys Tilera News & Analysis 7/1/2014 7 comments EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks News & Analysis 6/30/2014 6 comments Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Google Boots Up Project Ara News & Analysis 6/27/2014 9 comments Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet News & Analysis 6/26/2014 8 comments Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report News & Analysis 6/26/2014 6 comments Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release News & Analysis 6/25/2014 23 comments At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Intel Massive Parallel Upgrades Due News & Analysis 6/23/2014 8 comments Intel ups the ante in supercomputer processors by boosting Xeon Phi from 1 to 3 teraflops, adding an on-chip optical fiber interface and 16 Gbytes of 3D hybrid memory cube jointly developed with Micron.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities News & Analysis 6/23/2014 Post a comment Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).