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.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
Blog 10/14/2014 9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
News & Analysis 10/13/2014 1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
Slideshow 10/10/2014 3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
News & Analysis 10/8/2014 16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost
News & Analysis 10/7/2014 18 comments
Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow 10/3/2014 6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
Blog 9/29/2014 13 comments
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
News & Analysis 9/24/2014 4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
Slideshow 9/19/2014 4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
News & Analysis 9/16/2014 3 comments
Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
Blog 9/15/2014 6 comments
Apple and Samsung are poised to ship their first smartphones using 20nm mobile processors, but they are applying the silicon technology in radically different ways.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry
News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments
Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
News & Analysis 9/3/2014 16 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
3G/4G Rising for M2M
Blog 9/3/2014 2 comments
3G and 4G cellular networking is on a rapid rise in machine-to-machine applications, according to an analyst with market watcher Berg Insights.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train
Blog 9/2/2014 3 comments
The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
Slideshow 8/29/2014 4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network
News & Analysis 8/27/2014 2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
News & Analysis 8/26/2014 12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
China Wants to Be No. 1
Blog 8/20/2014 14 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
Blog 8/15/2014 22 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
News & Analysis 8/13/2014 12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
News & Analysis 8/4/2014 7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
IBM, GF Explore New Partners
Blog 8/4/2014 5 comments
Globalfoundries is focused on getting to 14 nm as fast as possible, so reports that it turned down a deal to buy IBM's two fabs for $2 billion make sense.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
News & Analysis 7/29/2014 1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 17 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
News & Analysis 7/22/2014 29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
News & Analysis 7/17/2014 7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.