Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit News & Analysis 4/16/2014 10 comments At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
PC Prior Art Cited on iPhone News & Analysis 4/15/2014 11 comments Samsung cited a DOS-based app and an early web server as prior art against two of Apple's five patent infringement charges involving the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Billion-Dollar BS Degrees Slideshow 4/15/2014 8 comments Can anyone ever get rich, and we mean really rich, with an engineering degree? We asked ourselves that question after Forbes published its most recent list of the top 100 billionaires in the world.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple News & Analysis 4/14/2014 7 comments Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
IoT Blooms in San Francisco News & Analysis 4/14/2014 6 comments A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
Freescale MCU Streamlines Car Dash Dev News & Analysis 4/14/2014 1 comment Born from direct collaboration between a European car company and Freescale's Automotive MCU group, the triple-core ARM-based MAC57D5xx MCU brings higher-end automotive instrument clusters to mid-level and economy cars.
Samsung Grills Apple Expert News & Analysis 4/11/2014 9 comments Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports News & Analysis 4/11/2014 5 comments After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
The Ampere, Redefined News & Analysis 4/11/2014 23 comments As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
The LED Patent Landscape News & Analysis 4/10/2014 1 comment A new report finds that Philips and Cree hold the highest-quality patents when it comes to LEDs. Samsung and LG are also major patent holders.
Freescale Upgrades Small-Cell SoC News & Analysis 4/10/2014 1 comment At its annual trade show, Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor debuted its next generation SoC for multi-standard wireless base stations. Developed in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, the QorIQ Qonverge B4860 chip is designed for widespread deployment in dense metropolitan areas.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’ News & Analysis 4/10/2014 10 comments Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain News & Analysis 4/9/2014 Post a comment The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.