Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
Blog 7/22/2014 7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog 7/17/2014 4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
VoLTE Rises, Riding Software
Blog 7/17/2014 2 comments
Service providers are spending on systems for voice services again, thanks to the move to 4G LTE, but the spending comes with demand vendors embrace network virtualization.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
News & Analysis 7/7/2014 2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment
Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
Blog 6/27/2014 32 comments
The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
News & Analysis 6/26/2014 8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release
News & Analysis 6/25/2014 23 comments
At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.
Google I/O: Pressure Is On
Blog 6/25/2014 1 comment
Amazon, Apple, and Samsung all made moves this month to neutralize Google. Here are four things the Internet titan should do at Google I/O this week to fight back.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
News & Analysis 6/9/2014 9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
News & Analysis 6/6/2014 17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
News & Analysis 6/3/2014 3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon
News & Analysis 6/3/2014 27 comments
Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
Apple OS X, iOS Draw Closer
News & Analysis 6/2/2014 3 comments
At WWDC, Apple shows it is building connections between its desktop and mobile operating systems. Apple is fortifying its position by opening up new opportunities for developers.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
News & Analysis 5/30/2014 32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs
News & Analysis 5/22/2014 21 comments
Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Modular Tablet Plugs Into Partners
News & Analysis 5/14/2014 2 comments
Texas-based Entegra Technologies today debuted a modular tablet built for military and enterprise, based on an open source platform. The Crossfire Pro allows users to choose operating systems, processor ecosystems, I/O ports, wireless connectivity, and accessories.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM
News & Analysis 5/5/2014 12 comments
AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
Slideshow 4/30/2014 4 comments
An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
Microsoft Pulls XP Support
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/24/2014 17 comments
Thousands of industrial systems will be affected as they begin to go without security updates or technical support.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Blog 4/23/2014 2 comments
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps?
Blog 4/22/2014 4 comments
Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables?
News & Analysis 4/21/2014 7 comments
Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog 4/18/2014 44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
News & Analysis 4/17/2014 2 comments
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
News & Analysis 4/16/2014 5 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.