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.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C?
News & Analysis 8/3/2015 5 comments
USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments
Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
News & Analysis 7/24/2015 22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Research Project Combines Valet Parking, Battery Charging
News & Analysis 7/21/2015 Post a comment
In the V-Charge project, six research partners are currently developing applications around autonomous and, in some cases, electric vehicles. The focus of the project is on methods and algorithms enabling vehicles to autonomously park, charge its batteries and get back to its user as soon at it is summoned.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
News & Analysis 7/17/2015 Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
MediaTek to Eat up Qualcomm's LTE Share in China
News & Analysis 7/9/2015 1 comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is likely to continue market-share gains in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market at the expense of top-ranked Qualcomm by wielding its strength in China’s growing smartphone market, according to industry analysts.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
News & Analysis 7/8/2015 Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
Tablet Shipments on the Wane
News & Analysis 7/6/2015 5 comments
Analysts expect decline for 2015 amid consumer market saturation; hope for improvement lies in emerging markets and the enterprise segment.
Somnium Soups Up Kinetis Code
News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment
The designers of the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) have invented a software technology that analyzes an entire program, then optimizes the order of execution of the statements to save space, increase performance and lower the power requirements.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution
News & Analysis 6/23/2015 7 comments
Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.