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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.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Photons Coming Down Cloudy Path
Blog  
5/16/2014   8 comments
Systems designers see high-speed optical interconnect between chips coming soon, but there’s little agreement on how best to do it.
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.
Rambus Rejoins Jedec
News & Analysis  
5/14/2014   5 comments
Rambus has been invited to rejoin the memory standards group Jedec after a nearly 20-year absence marked by suits with major DRAM suppliers.
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.
Teardown Compares Combo Sensors
Blog  
5/12/2014   3 comments
The latest nine-axis combo sensors from Bosch, InvenSense, and STMicro have similar costs despite different designs, according to a System Plus Consulting chip teardown.
$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.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
Blog  
5/6/2014   29 comments
I suspect what’s discussed today as an “autonomous car” is likely to emerge in phases. These cars in each phase will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
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
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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.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
Blog  
4/3/2014   8 comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
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.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
News & Analysis  
3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
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.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
News & Analysis  
2/7/2014   49 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era
Blog  
1/30/2014   54 comments
Connect the dots among the three big moves Google made this month to dump Motorola, snatch up Nest, and make peace with Samsung, and what do you get? I see the end of the smartphone era.
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
Slideshow  
1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
Glasses Refocus Mobile Power Design
Blog  
1/22/2014   1 comment
Wearable computers such as glasses open up the door to new user experiences in context awareness, but they need new power architectures to drive them.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
News & Analysis  
1/22/2014   18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
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.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Standards & Travels
Blog  
1/10/2014   Post a comment
Technical standards bring engineers closer together through a common language.
SoC Design: Hierarchical Flow Only Way to Go
Blog  
1/9/2014   Post a comment
A spectacular rise in SoC design complexity and size means it's critical to minimize lengthy problem detection and fix issues as early as possible using a comprehensive hierarchical SoC methodology. Here's why.
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.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Will You Take the Password Pill?
Blog  
12/26/2013   23 comments
The password pill and the display-cover display are two of the stranger extreme features on the way for differentiating mature mobile devices.
Has Signal Integrity Killed the Breakout Box?
Blog  
12/24/2013   8 comments
The trusty breakout box, once common for RS-232 testing, has fallen victim to the high-speed digital signal.
2.5-D Stacks Pile Up at Event
Blog  
12/24/2013   6 comments
More than a dozen companies presented results of test chips or support capabilities for 2.5-D and 3-D chip stacks at a recent event.
Indiegogo Propels MedTech Startup to CES
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   9 comments
Skulpt will stand next to giants such as Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, thanks in part to the visibility it gained through crowdfunding.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
News & Analysis  
12/18/2013   25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes
Blog  
12/11/2013   7 comments
The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.
AllSeen, Unseen in Q'comm IoT Bid
News & Analysis  
12/10/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm found 23 backers for its Internet of Things software, but it remains to be seen what they do with it in a new open-source alliance.
Pebble CEO Turns Back Clock
News & Analysis  
12/6/2013   11 comments
The chief executive of Pebble Technology told the story of the launch of the Pebble Watch effort at an event sponsored by Broadcom.
Intel Revs Up Comms Coprocessor
News & Analysis  
12/4/2013   5 comments
Coleto Creek raises the ante for Intel's bid to get its x86 processors used more broadly in a wide variety of communications systems.
FDA Charts Mobile Health Progress
News & Analysis  
12/3/2013   17 comments
A top FDA technologist made the case the agency is making progress in its effort to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile health sector.
Startup Drives 60 GHz to Small Cells
News & Analysis  
12/2/2013   3 comments
Peraso Technologies packed its 60 GHz transceiver in a waveguide module to get an edge of Hittite and Infineon in backhaul for small cell base stations.
4 Predictions for 2014 Networks
Blog  
12/2/2013   6 comments
The CTO of Vitesse Semiconductor shares four trends in communications and networking he sees when he looks at 2014 in his crystal ball.
3D Stacks Need Lower Costs, Broader Backing
Blog  
11/26/2013   13 comments
A recent gathering at Georgia Tech showed the emerging technology for 3D chip stacking needs to come down in costs and get broader backing from designers and managers.
Flash Shortages Drive SSD Shifts
News & Analysis  
11/26/2013   13 comments
A tighter supply of NAND flash has spiked chip prices and is driving consolidation among dozens of independent solid-state drive makers.
China Investigates Qualcomm
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   19 comments
Qualcomm Incorporated Monday disclosed that China's National Development and Reform Commission, which regulates prices, has begun investigating Qualcomm regarding compliance with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
IoT Challenge Sparks Ongoing Discussion
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   Post a comment
Join an ongoing conversation about the Smart America Challenge and what lies ahead for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.
IoT on Fingertip Appears at EE Live!
News & Analysis  
11/21/2013   13 comments
After helping pioneer the Internet of Things, Berkeley's Kris Pister wants to put an entire node (including power source) on a chip.
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