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 4 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 31 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.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris News & Analysis 2/26/2015 5 comments Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth News & Analysis 2/25/2015 6 comments Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko News & Analysis 2/24/2015 2 comments Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High News & Analysis 2/18/2015 12 comments Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime News & Analysis 2/13/2015 2 comments As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’ News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
Sony Joins FDSOI Club News & Analysis 1/30/2015 50 comments Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots News & Analysis 1/30/2015 4 comments Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit News & Analysis 1/12/2015 14 comments Although Broadcom's connectivity business has been excellent, the company may face stiff competition from Chinese fabless companies that are licensing connectivity IP cores. We caught up with Broadcom CEO at CES.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product News & Analysis 1/9/2015 2 comments Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
MediaTek Wins Sony as Best Friend, Guns for High End News & Analysis 1/7/2015 1 comment The MediaTek president used the CES to disclose two things: Sony is MediaTek's "most important friend" -- in a partnership that led to the world's first Android TV, and MediaTek’s unequivocal share in the global TV SoC market.
CES: IoT Modules Quicken Innovation News & Analysis 1/6/2015 5 comments Weaved is a company that brings the little guys into their fold, with customized modules, colors, form factors, and free software to marry it all to their cloud.
IoT: Collaborate or Else, Says Samsung CEO News & Analysis 1/6/2015 14 comments Samsung Electronics CEO BK Yoon, in his keynote at CES, made a passionate pitch to “unlock the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things,” while suggesting that the industry fall in line behind Samsung’s leadership.
The Key to a 'Cool Car' Is a Cool Key – NXP News & Analysis 1/6/2015 7 comments The car key is seemingly destined to become the most visible object differentiating one car brand from another. At least, that’s what car OEMs expect -- and NXP Semiconductors is banking on it.
Q'comm Allies in Cars, Health, IoT News & Analysis 1/5/2015 1 comment Qualcomm's silicon is in everything, and its ecosystem is growing, officials said at the International CES. The company didn't have any huge chip announcements, but it highlighted partnerships that will allow continued growth across markets.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...