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.
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 54 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 7 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 6 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.
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 13 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