FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
News & Analysis 5/28/2015 12 comments
SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
SoC From Russia With MIPS
News & Analysis 5/27/2015 7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
Samsung Ramps 10nm in 2016
News & Analysis 5/22/2015 8 comments
Samsung said its 10nm FinFET process node will be in full production by the end of 2016 and offers “significant power, area, ad performance advantages.”
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
News & Analysis 5/21/2015 2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
News & Analysis 5/15/2015 1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
News & Analysis 5/14/2015 25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus
News & Analysis 5/12/2015 Post a comment
CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
News & Analysis 5/8/2015 1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Infineon Seeks Buyer for Welsh Wafer Fab
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has told staff at the Newport Wales wafer fab that it has inherited as part of its acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. that they will seek a buyer for fab. That's according to a report in the South Wales Argus.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
News & Analysis 4/30/2015 1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
News & Analysis 4/27/2015 3 comments
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
EUV Deal Raises Questions
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments
ASML announced it struck a deal to sell 15 EUV systems to an existing U.S. customer, once again raising hopes about the readiness of the key technology for making leading-edge chips.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
Intel's 10nm Secrets Predicted
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 11 comments
Leapfrogging competitors to lower power chips, Intel will use quantum well FETs in a 10nm process next year using germanium and InGaAs, predicted a semiconductor analyst.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 4 comments
Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
News & Analysis 4/14/2015 6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 1 comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
News & Analysis 4/2/2015 4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND
News & Analysis 3/26/2015 1 comment
Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material
News & Analysis 3/16/2015 10 comments
Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
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 23 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.