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Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   15 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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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?
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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
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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
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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.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
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9/8/2014   16 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In
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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
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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?
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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.
Super Cheap Windows Devices Emerge At IFA
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9/3/2014   11 comments
Asus, Acer, and Toshiba announce some of the most affordable Windows devices ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with prices as low as $120. Is the user experience up to snuff?
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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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
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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.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
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8/29/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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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.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies
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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?
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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.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam's Plan
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8/22/2014   17 comments
Now that more new cars are equipped with ADAS, the NHTSA plan, unveiled this week, to require V2V communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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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.
mCube Forms Indoor Navigation Subsidiary
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8/21/2014   3 comments
Fabless chip company mCube has formed Ten Degrees Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary to focus on business related to indoor navigation.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race
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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.
Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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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.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work
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8/13/2014   2 comments
Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
Actions to Split in Two, Break Up With Nasdaq
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8/11/2014   8 comments
EE Times has learned that Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a Chinese fabless chip company, is planning to split in two and delist itself from Nasdaq.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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8/11/2014   1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
Gadget Uses Brain Waves to Control Household Functions
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8/6/2014   4 comments
Gadget uses brain waves to control household items like turning lights on/off, changing TV channels, and sending predefined text messages, thanks to collaboration between Philips and Accenture.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
Has Sharp Dug Itself Out?
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8/1/2014   7 comments
Helped by demand for small and midsized LCD panels, Sharp reported for the latest April-June quarter an operating profit of 4.6 billion yen, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones
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7/31/2014   5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
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7/31/2014   7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy
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7/31/2014   10 comments
The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   21 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
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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
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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
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7/21/2014   7 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
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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
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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
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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
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7/16/2014   28 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
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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.
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