Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
News & Analysis 11/25/2015 6 comments
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Smartphone Shipments up 15% in 3Q15
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smartphones was 353 million units in 3Q15, up 15.5 percent over the same period in 2014. For mobile phones in total the market was 478 million units in 3Q15, an increase of 3.7 percent over a year before.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment
Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform
News & Analysis 11/18/2015 5 comments
Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
China's Buying Spree: 2014-15 Top Tech Deals
News & Analysis 11/18/2015 2 comments
The history of the electronics industry will mark 2014-15 as the watershed year of China’s great leap forward in the global market. In addition to Chinese shopping spree, Qualcomm and Intel are allying with Beijing to invest more in China.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest
News & Analysis 11/8/2015 8 comments
There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
How Camera Phones Changed the World
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 8 comments
In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
Loud About IoT: LoRa Takes Over Sigfox' Noise says Bouygues
News & Analysis 10/22/2015 6 comments
Judging from the numerous statements issued by low power, long range RF Internet-of-Things (IoT) connection enablers and competitors Sigfox and Semtech, both companies are securing their way to global IoT network domination, with every month witnessing a new territory claim.
ARM Squeezes GPU For IoT
News & Analysis 10/20/2015 Post a comment
ARM has released a new low power GPU for wearables and the Internet of Things that merges smartphone-quality graphics. The 32-bit Mali 470 requires half the power of ARM’s previous graphics processor generation using the same process geometry.
Intel's Curie Powers Arduino
News & Analysis 10/16/2015 2 comments
Intel’s mini Internet of Things module, Curie, will power two forthcoming Arduino development boards. Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 are designed for entry-level makers and education environments.
Will Intel, with CDMA, Gun for iPhones?
News & Analysis 10/14/2015 8 comments
Now that Intel bought VIA Telecom’s CDMA assets, earlier market speculations pointing to Intel’s partial design win in iPhones next year may get more credible. Without CDMA, no smartphones can get into Verizon’s huge network.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home?
News & Analysis 9/30/2015 12 comments
It’s time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes won’t carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
Synopsys Touts IP Portfolio for IoT
News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment
Stable of intellectual property, cobbled together largely from acquisitions, targets connectivity, security and sensor processing requirements of the Internet of Things.
China Warms Up, Slowly, to FD-SOI
News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments
Participants at the Shanghai FD-SOI Forum this week doggedly pursued three key questions. Namely, FD-SOI’s IP, entry cost and roadmap beyond 22nm. And here’s a list of eight FD-SOI stakeholders best positioned to answer them.
4K Video Drives Up LPDDR4 Densities
News & Analysis 9/14/2015 1 comment
Mobile phones producing high-quality video make them a high priority target for DRAM, although devices such as smart appliances and automotive systems are also a growing market.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Apple TV: 8 Questions to Ask
News & Analysis 9/7/2015 8 comments
Consumers’ TV viewing patterns have already changed. The key question to ask is: If Apple plans to bring its magic touch, or an “iPhone moment,” to TV, what will they have to do with their next Apple TV?
Google-led Group Preempts HEVC
News & Analysis 9/2/2015 7 comments
Internet giants Google and Cisco have banded together with Amazon and Netflix, two large streaming service players, along with Microsoft, Intel and Mozilla, to establish an Alliance for Open Media to develop “open, royalty-free and interoperable solutions for the next generation of video delivery,” the group said Tuesday (Sept. 1).
E-waste Eludes EU’s Enforcement Efforts
News & Analysis 9/1/2015 Post a comment
Europeans recycled only 35% of electronic waste properly in 2012. The rest was either illegally dumped or traded, according to a two-year study put together by the United Nations University and INTERPOL. What has gone wrong?
Slideshow: Touch Taiwan 2015
News & Analysis 8/31/2015 Post a comment
The touch screen industry is looking for a lift as demand growth for smartphones and tablets hits a lull in 2015. Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, one of the world’s largest electronics R&D organizations, may have the answer.
Fabless RF Filters Cut Size, Share Same Die
News & Analysis 8/26/2015 1 comment
The latest high-end smartphones have upwards of 60 discrete radio frequency (RF) filters to address all the bands they must cover worldwide, but Resonant Inc. says it can half that number (or more) plus half their thickness.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS.
MediaTek Faces Eroded Smartphone Growth
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments
MediaTek’s rapid growth in 4G smartphones is likely to be undermined by handset makers in China who design their own chips, according to an analyst who covers the tech industry in Asia.
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 17 comments
Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Metamaterials Single-Out One Voice
News & Analysis 8/17/2015 2 comments
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) has invented a metamaterial-based voice-locator system that can pick out an individual's voice even from a crowded, noisy room.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays
News & Analysis 8/13/2015 Post a comment
Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
Intel Said to Unseat Q'Com in iPhone
News & Analysis 8/12/2015 6 comments
Speculation about Intel Corp.’s design win for next Apple iPhone has resurged with a vengeance. A Northland Capital Markets’ analyst wrote in a research note that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September.
IBM Watson Ready for Kick Off
News & Analysis 8/12/2015 1 comment
Edge-Up-Sports has contracted with IBM to use its Watson technology to provide its fantasy football managers with all the latest information about their players including commentators opinions, performance statistics, recent articles, news coverage, player tweets and official announcements about each player on their fantasy football team.
SMIC Expects First 28nm Revenue by Year End
News & Analysis 8/12/2015 3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, will start commercial production of 28nm -- its most advanced technology node -- in Q3 and expects its first revenue contribution from 28nm by the end of this year.
Google Becomes Alphabet, Silicon Valley Zaibatsu
News & Analysis 8/10/2015 8 comments
Perhaps it was inevitable given the myriad business interests and technology fields Google has been so eager to get its hands on. Google announced Monday it will be creating a new holding company called Alphabet Inc.