B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms
News & Analysis 4/8/2014 7 comments
With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Startup Launches Record Resolution 150Mpixel Sensor
News & Analysis 4/2/2014 3 comments
The Chinese startup Gpixel has created what it calls the world's highest-resolution CMOS image sensor using the TS18IS process at the Tower Semiconductor foundry. The technology has uses in the medical, industrial, and scientific markets.
Datacenters Drive 100G Race
News & Analysis 4/1/2014 6 comments
Intel and Arista are the latest to lead a 100G link for datacenter switches in a race to deploy switches this year to handle a rising tide of Internet data.
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.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Café
Blog 3/28/2014 19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Malone’s bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
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.
Battle Over Spreadtrum/RDA Merger
Blog 3/21/2014 7 comments
The pending merger of two Shanghai-based fabless companies, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, through two separate acquisitions pulled off by Tsinghua Unigroup is "not a done deal," according to several industry sources.
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 ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
Blog 3/17/2014 10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
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.
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.
FCC Ponders Wireless 10GE Plan
News & Analysis 3/3/2014 10 comments
The contract research firm Battelle has petitioned the FCC to open up the 102-109.5 GHz range for wireless 10 Gbit/s Ethernet services for a range of uses.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
Blog 2/27/2014 2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
News & Analysis 2/27/2014 14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert
News & Analysis 2/26/2014 8 comments
US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC
News & Analysis 2/24/2014 12 comments
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC
Blog 2/24/2014 10 comments
Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz
Blog 2/20/2014 4 comments
5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
Blog 2/19/2014 2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
Big Data 4x Faster
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/13/2014 Post a comment
Scientists at IBM set a new speed record for Big Data that they say will improve Internet speeds to 200 – 400 Gb/s and do it at low power.
Google Ramps Up Chip Design
News & Analysis 2/12/2014 35 comments
Evidence is mounting that Google is ramping up a broad and deep chip design capability, but its focus and timing are still unclear.
NFV Spec Nearly Done
Blog 2/11/2014 3 comments
The final draft of the spec for Network Functions Virtualization is nearly complete, but several challenges lie ahead.
Chips Break Sales Record in 2013
News & Analysis 2/5/2014 12 comments
The semiconductor industry posted record sales in 2013, climbing 4.8% to reach $305.6 billion. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that global sales in December 2013 were the strongest on record at $26.6 billion.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral
Blog 2/3/2014 6 comments
Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.
DesignCon Revs to 28 G, Beyond
Blog 1/27/2014 7 comments
Here are eight hot sessions on high-speed design -- many driven by the move to 100G Ethernet -- at least some of which Rick Merritt hopes to see this week.
Qualcomm Drives LTE-A to 5 GHz
News & Analysis 1/23/2014 9 comments
With the goal of addressing an expected 1,000x increase in mobile data traffic, Qualcomm has announced the development of a new technology to extend LTE Advanced to the 5 GHz band of unlicensed spectrum.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
News & Analysis 1/22/2014 18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems