Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 14 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?
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%.
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.
ARM Jumps on Open-Source Sensors
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment
ARM Semiconductors jumps into the open-source sensor hubs game by teaming with sensor algorithm company Sensor Platforms to produce open-source software for sensor hub applications.
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.
Supreme Court Rules Against Software Patents
News & Analysis 6/19/2014 30 comments
In a case that may affect the tech industry for years to come, the Supreme Court struck down a case on the patentability of software. The unanimous vote in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International renders software patents ineligible as abstract ideas.
UPnP+ Bridges IoT to Cloud
News & Analysis 5/8/2014 4 comments
A new set of specs and code from the Universal Plug and Play Forum aims to bridge non-IP devices and cloud services into its WiFi world.
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.
IBM's 3D Printer to Revolutionize Chip Prototyping
News & Analysis 4/25/2014 7 comments
IBM Research in Zurich has invented a microscopic 3D printer for patterning semiconductor substrates for fast prototyping with nanometer-scale resolution and licensed it to SwissLitho AG under the NanoFrazor name.
IBM Power 8 Gains User, Skeptic
News & Analysis 4/24/2014 11 comments
Open relationships may be the future, and IBM is one of 26 industry leaders placing bets as part of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on its POWER 8 processor. There is skepticism around whether an open model can be successful in the competitive server market.
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.
The Man Behind pcDuino
News & Analysis 4/8/2014 7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis 3/19/2014 3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis 3/18/2014 19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis 3/14/2014 8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis 3/10/2014 17 comments
Validity of New Feature Phone Market
News & Analysis 2/27/2014 24 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
News & Analysis 2/27/2014 14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
Teenage CEO Speaks at EE Live!
News & Analysis 2/24/2014 9 comments
At 17, and chief executive of his own high-performance computer startup, Thomas Sohmers shares his views on Silicon Valley and more at EE Live!
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC
News & Analysis 1/29/2014 15 comments
In spite of bullish figures in emerging markets and opportunities in low-margin products, growth in the global market for tablets is going to decline in coming years, according to research firm IDC. Saturation in mature markets is primarily to blame.
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event?
News & Analysis 1/28/2014 19 comments
Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B
News & Analysis 1/14/2014 45 comments
Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.