Broadcom Raises Small-Cell Bid
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 Post a comment
Broadcom is sampling an updated line of its small cell chipsets for residential and enterprise markets. The BCM617XX family of SoCs supports 3G, 4G, and LTE for what Broadcom considers to be a growing market.
EZchip Buys Tilera
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Hot Chips 26 Heats Up
Blog 6/25/2014 5 comments
Hot Chips, where the semiconductor industry struts new stuff, focuses on the IoT, with big announcements expected from Applied Micro, Nvidia, Oracle, and interesting smaller companies.
Of World Cup & 10nm
Blog 6/13/2014 6 comments
How is the economics of hosting the World Cup justified when the stadiums will be left empty after the World Cup championship finishes? I see a parallel in the semiconductor industry building fabs.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
Blog 6/10/2014 1 comment
eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
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.
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.
Why Intel-Rockchip Tie-Up Matters
Blog 5/28/2014 14 comments
After Miya Kong discussed the latest Intel-Rockchip announcement with China's industry insiders, we know the two companies have agreed on three points: X86 architecture, 3G modem license, and 14-nm capacity support.
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.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
$6 Billion Problem for Mobile Carriers
Blog 5/8/2014 10 comments
The real issue of the three-device (smartphone, tablet, and notebook) endgame is not the form factor but a $6 billion revenue loss for carriers -- and potentially a huge problem for device manufacturers.
When Apps Attack
News & Analysis 5/1/2014 16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
News & Analysis 4/16/2014 10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
News & Analysis 4/9/2014 Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
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.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
Blog 3/26/2014 3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis 3/18/2014 19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis 3/10/2014 17 comments
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis 2/18/2014 3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder?
Blog 2/13/2014 23 comments
Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog 2/10/2014 1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians
Blog 2/10/2014 Post a comment
Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
Blog 1/8/2014 22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.