Graphics API Gets Makeover News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better News & Analysis 3/2/2015 13 comments The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger News & Analysis 3/1/2015 19 comments NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting News & Analysis 2/27/2015 3 comments The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain News & Analysis 2/24/2015 Post a comment Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores News & Analysis 2/23/2015 4 comments EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm News & Analysis 2/22/2015 17 comments Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
IoT Network Snags $115M News & Analysis 2/13/2015 5 comments A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead News & Analysis 2/10/2015 1 comment In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm News & Analysis 2/9/2015 2 comments ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
Silicon Valley Expands Unevenly News & Analysis 2/4/2015 4 comments The annual Silicon Valley Index revealed the region continues to be one of the nation’s most innovative and prosperous areas, but its wealth is unequally shared.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors News & Analysis 2/3/2015 18 comments ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers News & Analysis 2/2/2015 1 comment Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
China Clouds Chip Outlook News & Analysis 2/2/2015 3 comments The SIA reported semiconductors grew at a respectable 9.9% rate in 2014, but its new CEO is headed to China to address trade policies raising concerns.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club News & Analysis 1/30/2015 47 comments Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots News & Analysis 1/30/2015 4 comments Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network News & Analysis 1/28/2015 5 comments Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Fried Cable Sparked EE Profession News & Analysis 1/27/2015 6 comments The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford professor.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls News & Analysis 1/23/2015 5 comments 2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech News & Analysis 1/20/2015 4 comments Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Analysts Turn Negative on Outlook for TSMC News & Analysis 1/16/2015 3 comments Analysts switched to a more negative outlook for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) after the world’s largest contract chipmaker announced a record quarterly profit for the end of 2014 that may mark the start of a downturn for the company during 2015.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic News & Analysis 1/15/2015 27 comments The Internet of Things could be smaller or come more slowly than anyone expects, said a McKinsey analyst, who warns of other surprising shifts from smartphones to China.
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law News & Analysis 1/15/2015 10 comments The successful prototyping of a ferroelectric gate aims to extend Moore's Law beyond the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
China to Write $10B Check for Chips News & Analysis 1/14/2015 3 comments China is expected to invest about $10 billion on its semiconductor industry this year, according to a foundry exec who hopes to get a big chunk of the money.
IBM Renews Mainframe With z13 News & Analysis 1/13/2015 4 comments IBM’s latest mainframe, the z13, is its first to use dual, threading, and vector processing as well as embedded 1U x86 servers for systems management.
Patents Strategy Shift Predicted News & Analysis 1/13/2015 7 comments Companies are expected to shift slowly from patent strategies based quality, not quality given a handful of new factors, an intellectual property expert says.
Google, Apple Rise in Patent Ranks News & Analysis 1/12/2015 4 comments Google entered the list of top 10 winners of US patents in 2014, trailing Qualcomm but ahead of Apple, according to a report issued by IFI Claims Patent Services.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50 News & Analysis 1/8/2015 2 comments China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module News & Analysis 1/7/2015 13 comments Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
Lutron Opens to Smart Home News & Analysis 1/6/2015 6 comments Lutron is slowly opening up its proprietary wireless building control network to partners and open standards, paving a road to tomorrow's smart homes.
Broadcom Goes Pedal-to-the-Metal With Ethernet & NFC News & Analysis 1/5/2015 10 comments Through the announcement of two new auto-grade chips that include an Ethernet physical layer transceiver IC and an NFC chip, Broadcom is demonstrating at the International CES a strong commitment to its automotive initiative.
Intel Rolls 14nm Broadwell in Vegas News & Analysis 1/5/2015 5 comments Intel announced at CES 2015 the Broadwell family, its fifth-generation Core processors. The 14 new chips are essentially versions of its 22nm Haswell architecture made in its new 14nm process, providing enhancements it hopes encourage PC and notebook users to upgrade.
B'Com Debuts 4x4 WiFi Chips News & Analysis 1/5/2015 8 comments Broadcom announced its next generation of WiFi chips for high-performance routers, gateways, and set-top boxes. The new SoCs uses 4x4 multiple user-multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) for additional capacity, and lower power consumption.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms News & Analysis 12/30/2014 9 comments Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup News & Analysis 12/30/2014 12 comments The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
Analysts Predict CES Hotspots News & Analysis 12/29/2014 10 comments A few technologies and themes arise from each International CES, the massive annual consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The upcoming event will likely feature improved-upon devices from 2014, with a more fleshed-out hardware ecosystem.
WiFi Preps for 5G, IoT Roles News & Analysis 12/29/2014 3 comments WiFi is getting an upgrade at 60 GHz for cellular backhaul, at 2.4 and 5 GHz for more cellular-like services, and at 900 MHz for use with the Internet of Things.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth News & Analysis 12/23/2014 20 comments China deployed huge numbers of TD-LTE base stations last year and India led the world in growth in cellular packet microwave systems, according to analysts at Dell'Oro Group.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances News & Analysis 12/22/2014 20 comments Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
Industrial IoT Framework Near News & Analysis 12/18/2014 5 comments The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.