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
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.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 2 comments
Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
News & Analysis 12/12/2014 23 comments
Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Obama Net Effort Under Fire
News & Analysis 12/10/2014 5 comments
More than 60 high tech companies sent a letter to Congress opposing a move by the White House to reclassify Internet service as a basic utility, saying new regulations could slash investments and jobs.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator
News & Analysis 12/9/2014 10 comments
Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
IBM Plugs Partners Into Power
News & Analysis 12/8/2014 9 comments
IBM's Open Power Foundation is playing significant roles in the Coral supercomputer program, efforts to find new uses for flash memory, and the proliferation of Power processors in China and beyond.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market
News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments
Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser
News & Analysis 12/5/2014 11 comments
Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
FDA Tackles Security, Software
News & Analysis 12/4/2014 3 comments
The FDA is working on guidelines for security in medtech devices, as well as ways to harmonize with international agencies on how it regulates software that acts as a medical device.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool
News & Analysis 12/3/2014 5 comments
eSilicon launched the IP MarketPlace web-based tool for SoC designers. It facilitates browsing IP, encouraging designers to tinker, build, and generate a complete memory subsystem before making a purchase decision.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline
News & Analysis 12/2/2014 7 comments
Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Obama Tech Job Plan Disappoints
News & Analysis 12/1/2014 40 comments
The IEEE USA characterized President Obama's recent actions related to the high tech job market as "a missed opportunity" to expand the green card program.
Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU
News & Analysis 11/24/2014 55 comments
Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
News & Analysis 11/21/2014 22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand
News & Analysis 11/20/2014 9 comments
Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Jaguar Land Rover Tours Its Cars
News & Analysis 11/19/2014 36 comments
Jaguar Land Rover detailed the complexity of electronics in its latest cars and gave a look at its ideas for features coming in the future in a keynote.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions
News & Analysis 11/18/2014 25 comments
In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
News & Analysis 11/18/2014 3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
News & Analysis 11/17/2014 5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.