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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments