Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law Blog 12/8/2014 12 comments Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline News & Analysis 12/2/2014 7 comments Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
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.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed? News & Analysis 11/18/2014 12 comments Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con Slideshow 11/14/2014 11 comments At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86 News & Analysis 11/12/2014 1 comment Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave News & Analysis 10/22/2014 7 comments Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
Apple Debuts Next-Gen Tablets, PC News & Analysis 10/16/2014 23 comments Apple released updates to its iPad, PC, and operating systems during a live event today. The iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac, and Apple Mini may look the same but are powered by faster chips and with much better graphics.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations News & Analysis 10/13/2014 4 comments Microsoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices, but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV News & Analysis 10/11/2014 17 comments The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
What's in a Name? Blog 10/6/2014 Post a comment What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
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.
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up News & Analysis 10/2/2014 2 comments ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software News & Analysis 10/1/2014 16 comments ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
HP Ships First ARM Servers News & Analysis 9/29/2014 28 comments Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
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.
NHTSA's on the Spot — Finally Blog 9/15/2014 16 comments Why is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration such a slacker at enforcing safety laws? A US Senate subcommittee wants to investigate.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
19 Views of IDF 2014 Slideshow 9/12/2014 3 comments Intel tipped a Xeon-class processor for microservers, a 3D camera, and plans for a password- and wire-free PC this year at IDF, where Rick Merritt had brief, strange encounters with Sergey Brin and a banana piano.
Edison Leads Intel into Wearables Slideshow 9/9/2014 9 comments Intel released its Edison PC on a module, giving away development boards free to attendees at its annual developer forum here in hopes os staking out a position for its x86 in the emerging Internet of Things.
6 Things I Expect at IDF News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
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.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Video Codecs in Close Battle Blog 8/25/2014 6 comments The next-generation video codecs -- HEVC H.265 and Google’s VP9 -- are in a close battle, one that will play out as the age of 4K video is just starting to dawn.
Microsoft Counters Google Chromebook News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments Microsoft is gearing up in its fight to bring Windows to the lower end of the laptop market. The company earlier announced it would sell sub $200 versions of its Lumia smartphone, and will target this price range again with Windows OS laptops for $199 and $249.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid News & Analysis 8/20/2014 4 comments ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
25 Views of Hot Chips 2014 Slideshow 8/18/2014 3 comments ARM commanded much of the spotlight at Hot Chips 2014, but the event made it clear Intel maintains its position as king of the microprocessor hill.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter News & Analysis 8/12/2014 31 comments FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Graphics API Gets Makeover News & Analysis 8/11/2014 1 comment The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
9 Peaks From the Flash Summit Slideshow 8/8/2014 8 comments Flash controllers want to be compute nodes, vertical NAND wants to ship and next-gen non-volatiles want a shot, I was told at the Flash Summit.