Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC News & Analysis 11/25/2014 1 comment The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret News & Analysis 11/21/2014 19 comments In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True News & Analysis 11/18/2014 3 comments China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed? News & Analysis 11/18/2014 7 comments Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat? News & Analysis 11/12/2014 14 comments Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing News & Analysis 11/10/2014 5 comments With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business News & Analysis 10/29/2014 7 comments UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh News & Analysis 10/15/2014 15 comments Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India News & Analysis 10/8/2014 11 comments One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China News & Analysis 9/26/2014 20 comments China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity News & Analysis 9/17/2014 20 comments Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be “the next connected space,” a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Android One Rides Mediatek News & Analysis 9/16/2014 5 comments Taiwan’s leading mobile chip vendor will power Google’s Android One-branded, low-cost “high-quality” smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The initiative aims to put feature-rich handsets in a largely smartphone-less arena, which MediaTek dubs the “super-mid market.”
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 7 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In News & Analysis 9/8/2014 26 comments The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 10 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 14 comments Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies News & Analysis 8/26/2014 9 comments The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier News & Analysis 8/21/2014 12 comments Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race News & Analysis 8/20/2014 11 comments As competing wireless networking technologies gun for the smart home market, many contenders believe mesh networking is the heart of the matter for the Internet of Things.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds News & Analysis 8/13/2014 12 comments Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.