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.
18 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
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.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015 Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
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.
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.
IoT Landscape Needs Mapping Blog 1/27/2015 8 comments In the first of a series of blogs on the Internet of Things, Larry Mittag outlines the landscape of concerns around constrained resources, network alternatives and security.
10 Eye-Opening IC Insights Slideshow 1/25/2015 1 comment The semiconductor industry will step ahead at a decent 7% growth pace in 2015, with foundries and fabless growing in double digits – but look out for 2018.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls News & Analysis 1/23/2015 5 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.
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges Blog 1/22/2015 Post a comment The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
Apple Seen from Above, Inside Blog 1/21/2015 3 comments Drone videographers are providing images of Apple's new headquarters under construction and an analyst released a report on the future of the A-series SoCs in its iPhones and iPads.
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.
WiGig Gives a Leg Up on 5G Blog 1/7/2015 2 comments Engineers can get a leg up on tomorrow's 5G technologies by working with 60 GHz WiGig products today, says the chief marketing officer of Blu Wireless Technology.
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.
Inside 8 Hardware Accelerators Slideshow 1/5/2015 4 comments We profile a handful of the top hardware accelerators, a new crop of companies cropping up everywhere, most focused on helping startups build devices for the Internet of Things.
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 12 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.
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.
A CTO's View of Comms 2015 Blog 12/22/2014 Post a comment Ethernet has a growing role in automotive and industrial networks as long as security is addressed, says the chief technology officer of Vitesse Semiconductor.
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
11 Views of IEDM Slideshow 12/17/2014 4 comments This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine Blog 12/16/2014 2 comments DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 Startups I Saw at Demo Slideshow 11/21/2014 9 comments The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT Blog 11/18/2014 Post a comment Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
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.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs News & Analysis 11/17/2014 4 comments The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT News & Analysis 11/7/2014 11 comments Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz' News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know Slideshow 10/23/2014 42 comments As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal News & Analysis 10/20/2014 20 comments IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks Slideshow 10/17/2014 15 comments At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.