Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
News & Analysis 5/22/2015 Post a comment
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out
News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment
Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 1 comment
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
Xiaomi Picks Leadcore to Go Vertical
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 2 comments
When Apple, Huawei and Samsung are already designing handsets using their own processors, Xiaomi, too, wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate their products and control its own destiny, an executive of Leadcore Technology told EE Times.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
News & Analysis 5/13/2015 2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
News & Analysis 5/11/2015 7 comments
A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
News & Analysis 5/8/2015 13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
News & Analysis 5/8/2015 1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
Knowles Buys Audience for $85 Million
News & Analysis 5/5/2015 1 comment
MEMS microphone supplier Knowles Corp. (Itasca, Illinois) has agreed to acquire Audience Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) for million net of a cash balance of million.
NXP-Qualcomm Partnership to Drive NFC
News & Analysis 5/5/2015 3 comments
Expect droves of Android phones featuring secure NFC mobile transactions a la Apple Pay to hit the global market soon. NXP and Qualcomm have partnered to bring NXP’s NFC and secure element technology onto Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.
Vest Uses Haptics for Speech by Feel
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 Post a comment
The Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) under development at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine represents a new form of wearable haptics, one that could find many applications beyond its initial goal of enabling the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech through their body.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
News & Analysis 4/30/2015 1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
Teardown 4/28/2015 11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
News & Analysis 4/19/2015 8 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 14 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
News & Analysis 3/26/2015 5 comments
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC
News & Analysis 3/23/2015 1 comment
Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
News & Analysis 3/17/2015 6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast
News & Analysis 3/13/2015 9 comments
Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
Free Sirius One-Ups Siri
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 7 comments
University of Michigan researchers one-up Apple's Siri, Google's Now and Microsoft's Cortana with their free, open-source Sirius.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 10 comments
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
News & Analysis 3/11/2015 6 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
News & Analysis 3/6/2015 12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI
News & Analysis 3/1/2015 55 comments
Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.