EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
News & Analysis 2/23/2017 1 comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
Cellular IoT Chip Battle Escalates at MWC
News & Analysis 2/22/2017 5 comments
The 3GPP completed the standardization of NB-IoT last June. ARM, Sequans Communications and Altair Semiconductors are all rushing to the cellular IoT market. IHS sees NB-IoT technology in 2017 as “an inflection point in the LPWAN market.”
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
News & Analysis 2/17/2017 3 comments
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
News & Analysis 1/19/2017 6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
News & Analysis 1/17/2017 4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
News & Analysis 1/17/2017 1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
Biggest Robo-Car Roadblock Is Human
News & Analysis 1/13/2017 11 comments
Despite all the robo-car announcements, this year’s CES revealed that more companies – including Toyota and Mobileye – are scrambling to address the inconvenient truth that robo-cars pose a man-machine relationship more complicated than we care to admit.