Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
News & Analysis 3/31/2014 11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist
News & Analysis 3/28/2014 1 comment
The Irish firm, which has mostly stuck to its role as a supplier of design services and IP, is looking to sell its own ICs soon. The first product is likely to be a high-speed digital-to-analog converter.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
News & Analysis 3/27/2014 13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
News & Analysis 3/27/2014 4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
News & Analysis 3/27/2014 4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool
News & Analysis 3/24/2014 1 comment
Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
News & Analysis 3/21/2014 3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
News & Analysis 3/20/2014 38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis 3/20/2014 8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
GloFo Shows Progress in 3D Stacks
News & Analysis 3/19/2014 7 comments
GlobalFoundries will report on progress creating a 3D chip stack in a 20 nm process without requiring keep-out zones around its through-silicon vias.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis 3/19/2014 3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis 3/18/2014 20 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis 3/14/2014 8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
News & Analysis 3/12/2014 14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
News & Analysis 3/10/2014 4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis 3/10/2014 17 comments
IoT Pulse Checked at EE Live!
News & Analysis 3/10/2014 1 comment
A market researcher will report at EE Live! whether engineers are increasing or dialing back their expectations for the Internet of Things.
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
News & Analysis 3/7/2014 7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
SDN Spawns Shift, Slowdown
News & Analysis 3/5/2014 8 comments
The move to software-defined networking holds opportunities, say backers, but it damped 2013 sales of routers and switches, says a market researcher.