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RISC-V: An Open Standard for SoCs
Blog  
8/7/2014   65 comments
Just as Linux has become the standard OS for most computing devices, Berkeley researchers envision RISC-V becoming the standard ISA for all computing devices.
Samsung Tips 3-Bit Vertical NAND
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   8 comments
Samsung said it will ship a version of its 128 Gbit vertical NAND supporting three bits per cell within weeks.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones
News & Analysis  
7/31/2014   5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Nadella's Windows 9 & Device Plans Explained
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   10 comments
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   1 comment
Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
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   5 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.
BlackBerry Swipes at Android Security
Blog  
6/30/2014   1 comment
In response to Google I/O announcements, BlackBerry criticizes Android's lack of security. On point, or sour grapes?
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.
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
News & Analysis  
6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
Smarter Sensor Hub Tops Off Android
News & Analysis  
6/25/2014   7 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. supports all 4.4 KitKat sensor functions for latest Android operating system.
IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds
News & Analysis  
6/24/2014   11 comments
In the second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker.
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
News & Analysis  
6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
Samsung Edges Q'comm in New Android Test
News & Analysis  
6/18/2014   6 comments
Initial results using a new Android benchmark from EEMBC show Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa nudging ahead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800.
NXP Releases Free Android Dev Kit for MiFare & NTAG
Blog  
6/13/2014   1 comment
Host Card Emulation for Android (standard on OS 4.4 KitKat) is starting to fuel the development of many applications that could be used for mobile payments, access control, and smartcard emulation.
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   18 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.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
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   24 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.
Slideshow: Beyond Google Glass
Slideshow  
5/29/2014   14 comments
A half dozen headset makers demoed devices that aim to leapfrog Google's Project Glass into an emerging 3D augmented-reality market.
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.
MIPS Rallies Open-Source Group
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies gathered 10 companies including Broadcom, Cavium, and Qualcomm to develop open-source code for MIPS CPUs.
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.
Verdict Split in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   31 comments
Jurors awarded Apple $119 million, a fraction of the $2+ billion it sought, failing to hurt the Korean company or slow the Android juggernaut.
Wearable Shakeup Ahead, CTO Says
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   19 comments
Wearables will see a shakeout this year, says the CTO of Lenovo, confirming the computer giant has started a modest chip-design group.
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.
IBM Shifts Cluster Tech to Cloud
News & Analysis  
4/30/2014   Post a comment
IBM is taking distributed scheduler technology originally developed for some of its largest supercomputers and applying it to cloud computing.
Slideshow: Exhibits in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
4/28/2014   5 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case has generated thousands of pages of exhibits from which we pulled 17 pages that were widely cited or insightful.
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.
LG, Sony Disclose Smartwatch Details
News & Analysis  
4/23/2014   12 comments
LG offers more info about its upcoming Android Wear device, while Sony launches new colors and talks apps.
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.
BMW Hybrid, Apple CarPlay: 11 Trends from the NY Auto Show
Slideshow  
4/23/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 New York Auto show, the focus turned toward hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as infotainment and smartphone integration designs, such as Apple's CarPlay.
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.
Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots Fly on ISS
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   2 comments
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
Slideshow  
4/21/2014   22 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
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