China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
News & Analysis 5/23/2017 Post a comment
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 8 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
iNAND Drives Toward Automotive Market
News & Analysis 5/11/2017 1 comment
SanDisk's flash technology, now a part of Western Digital, has seen most of its development on the mobile front, but automotive applications will outpace smartphones with its demands for flash storage.
As Apple Jilts Imagination, MIPS Goes on Block
News & Analysis 5/4/2017 1 comment
Imagination Technologies that it had started a "dispute resolution procedure" with Apple, as their negotiations have stalled. Not coincidentally, the company revealed plans to sell two businesses. Going on the block are MIPS and Ensigma.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
News & Analysis 4/26/2017 Post a comment
Baidu’s plan to “open up” its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it “a bit of a moon shot.” But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
News & Analysis 4/14/2017 18 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , the largest foundry for customers in the smartphone business including Apple and MediaTek, says it is expecting an inventory correction in smartphones to continue through the first half of this year.
Apple Drops Imagination
News & Analysis 4/3/2017 3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
News & Analysis 3/29/2017 Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
News & Analysis 3/14/2017 Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Your Money or Your Brakes
News & Analysis 3/10/2017 3 comments
Worrisome isn’t WikiLeaks’ revelation that the spy agency might have contemplated hacking vehicles. A scenario that scares the automotive industry is ransomware targeted at vehicles. Security experts have said that 2017 is the year that this will happen.
Softbank to Sell 25% of ARM to Saudi-Backed Fund
News & Analysis 3/8/2017 4 comments
Softbank is about to sell 25 percent of ARM into a new, Saudi-backed $100 billion investment fund. The Japanese decision appears to be driven by Mubadala -- which owns 100 percent of Globalfoundries -- who is interested in ARM.
Competing Sensors Crave Human Contact
News & Analysis 3/7/2017 1 comment
While CMOS imagers and infrared are well established as sensors in smartphones, today’s $64 million question is whether they will make room for radar and ultrasound inside IoT devices. And if yes, what roles will they play?
Q’comm CTO on Non-Standalone 5G, LTE-U, IoT
News & Analysis 3/2/2017 Post a comment
Qualcomm calls it Pre-5G. Nokia calls it 4.9G. Verizon pushes 5GTF. This year’s Mobile World Congress spoke volumes of the cellular industry’s desire to boost the current LTE business while milking the promise of 5G, which isn’t here yet.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild
News & Analysis 3/1/2017 3 comments
Intel Corp. is showing a new mobile SoC chip developed by China’s Spreadtrum. Manufactured by Intel, using its 14nm process, this may pave the way for Intel to manufacture its own new modem later this year in its own fab, targeting Apple.
FCC’s Pai Debuts as ‘Light Touch’ Heavyweight
News & Analysis 2/28/2017 Post a comment
The new chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, virtually claimed the copyright on the term “light-touch regulation” here at the Mobile World Congress, guaranteeing that he will strive to roll back “net neutrality” restrictions on Internet service providers.
Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?
News & Analysis 2/27/2017 Post a comment
Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8
News & Analysis 2/27/2017 Post a comment
The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
IEEE Director to Step Down
News & Analysis 2/24/2017 1 comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
News & Analysis 2/23/2017 Post a comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
News & Analysis 2/17/2017 3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
News & Analysis 2/15/2017 1 comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.