IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 7 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?
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.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China News & Analysis 9/26/2014 20 comments China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
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.
Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car Blog 9/12/2014 6 comments New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 7 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
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.
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.
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 7 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 20 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.
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?
The Other Tesla David Blaza5 comments I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...