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.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up News & Analysis 1/28/2014 4 comments The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
SanDisk Ships Enterprise-Grade ULLtraDIMM SSDs News & Analysis 1/24/2014 Post a comment Leveraging the memory channel storage architecture from startup Diablo Technologies, SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM’s SSD are already being incorporated into IBM servers with use cases ranging from VDI to transaction processing
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon News & Analysis 1/23/2014 2 comments Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
IBM Turns to Semiconductor Packaging Post-Moore’s Law News & Analysis 1/14/2014 12 comments IBM is facing the challenges of a post-Moore's Law world including lithography and back-end scaling. The company is looking to move beyond traditional CMOS technology and its Von Neumann architecture to use more 3-D and 2.5-D scaling.
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.
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.
Samsung & Rambus Agree to 10-Year License News & Analysis 1/7/2014 4 comments Samsung Electronics and Rambus have come to terms on a 10-year deal extending their relationship through 2023. Samsung will pay Rambus $60 million a year for access to security and other capabilities on tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
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.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing News & Analysis 1/3/2014 10 comments Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.