Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
News & Analysis 7/23/2014 30 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
News & Analysis 7/22/2014 3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
NAND Suit: Toshiba Seeks $1.1B From SK Hynix
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 4 comments
South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that Toshiba Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion in damages over the suspected theft of data related to NAND flash memory chip technology.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
News & Analysis 7/17/2014 7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 4 comments
Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 24 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
News & Analysis 7/11/2014 8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
News & Analysis 7/9/2014 6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment
Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
News & Analysis 6/27/2014 9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
News & Analysis 6/26/2014 8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release
News & Analysis 6/25/2014 23 comments
At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
News & Analysis 6/9/2014 9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
News & Analysis 6/6/2014 17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
Intel, Taiwan Target Tablets
News & Analysis 6/5/2014 1 comment
At Computex, Intel announced the Broadwell Core M processor and a reference design as it teams up with Taiwan OEMs to grab a bigger slice of the tablet market.
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
News & Analysis 6/3/2014 3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Patent Reform? Experts Say No
News & Analysis 5/21/2014 22 comments
A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Modular Tablet Plugs Into Partners
News & Analysis 5/14/2014 2 comments
Texas-based Entegra Technologies today debuted a modular tablet built for military and enterprise, based on an open source platform. The Crossfire Pro allows users to choose operating systems, processor ecosystems, I/O ports, wireless connectivity, and accessories.
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says
News & Analysis 5/7/2014 14 comments
Over the course of the company’s history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM
News & Analysis 5/5/2014 12 comments
AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
News & Analysis 5/5/2014 25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Phablets Put The Hurt On Tablets
News & Analysis 5/5/2014 4 comments
Undo Software has raised a third funding round of $1.25m to scale the sales of its record-and-play reversible debugging technology with new backing from one of the original founders of Skype.
When Apps Attack
News & Analysis 5/1/2014 16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.