We Drive Less: True or False? News & Analysis 12/12/2013 12 comments The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations News & Analysis 12/11/2013 6 comments Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
Best of Silicon Valley: Music Venues Slideshow 12/11/2013 9 comments The southern San Francisco Bay Area is be known for its plethora of startups and high-tech giants, as the creative hub behind many of the devices we use daily, but rarely is it heralded for its live music scene. We're here to debunk the myth that all the "good venues" are only in San Francisco and the East Bay.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents News & Analysis 12/10/2013 11 comments Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
Toshiba Expands Read-Intensive SSD Lineup News & Analysis 12/10/2013 2 comments PX03SN series uses Toshiba’s NAND flash memory and targets server and storage systems, but it’s a crowded landscape as many SSD and storage vendors address read-intensive applications.
Supreme Court to Hear Patent Case News & Analysis 12/9/2013 17 comments In a huge step toward patent reform, the Supreme Court has agreed to take on the question of software patents in the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. The case will decide whether software is an abstract idea, which are not covered by patent law.
'Jury Still Out' on Microsoft/Nokia Combo News & Analysis 12/4/2013 7 comments Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services division Dec. 2 for just over $7.17 billion. The acquisition could lead to more apps, faster computers, and improved mobile devices, according to analysts.
Sony May Buy Renesas Fab News & Analysis 12/4/2013 11 comments Sony is considering the purchase of a chip fab from Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas, with plans to expand CMOS image sensor production at a cost of $96 million. Sony already has around 30 percent of the CMOS image sensor market.
Bluetooth Smart Gets Smarter News & Analysis 12/4/2013 11 comments The latest Bluetooth spec update will improve consumer usability and developer access while paving the way for new devices. Bluetooth 4.1, builds on the current low power consumption model to produce data that’s more visible on mobile devices, improve usability with increased coexistence support for LTE and data exchange, and empower developer innovation.
Stanene May Be Better Than Graphene News & Analysis 12/3/2013 13 comments Move over graphene. A new material called stanene combines the best properties of a room temperature superconductor with the ease of fabrication of metal deposition with tin instead of copper.
Blog That A-Ha Moment Larry Desjardin 12 comments Have you ever had an a-ha moment? Sure, you have. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as "a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or ...