5G Dials Up Global Efforts
News & Analysis 12/24/2013 13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
Mindspeed Boosts Intel Baseband Play
News & Analysis 12/17/2013 13 comments
Intel has acquired the wireless division of Mindspeed, shortly after Mindspeed's business was mostly bought out by Macom. This shows not only Mindsppeed's desire to ramp down, if not completely close, its wireless division but Intel's desire to get into the wireless market.
Qualcomm Kicks Off Midrange 4G Fight
News & Analysis 12/16/2013 11 comments
Qualcomm kicked off the next round of competition in smartphones with its announcement of high-end and mid-range LTE chips last week. Broadcom, Mediatek and others are expected to join the 4G handset battle in 2014.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire?
News & Analysis 12/13/2013 3 comments
Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
We Drive Less: True or False?
News & Analysis 12/12/2013 38 comments
The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations
News & Analysis 12/11/2013 8 comments
Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents
News & Analysis 12/10/2013 11 comments
Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
Sony May Buy Renesas Fab
News & Analysis 12/4/2013 11 comments
Sony is considering the purchase of a chip fab from Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas, with plans to expand CMOS image sensor production at a cost of $96 million. Sony already has around 30 percent of the CMOS image sensor market.
Stanene May Be Better Than Graphene
News & Analysis 12/3/2013 13 comments
Move over graphene. A new material called stanene combines the best properties of a room temperature superconductor with the ease of fabrication of metal deposition with tin instead of copper.