Open Source GPU Debuts News & Analysis 8/27/2015 4 comments The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
China Shakes Up ARM Servers News & Analysis 8/25/2015 4 comments A China startup, Phytium Technology, plans a 64-core ARMv8 server processor that leapfrogs any ARM server design described to date.
18 Views of #IDF15 Slideshow 8/24/2015 3 comments This year's Intel developer Forum amped up the theatrics to engage a younger crowd and engage them in IoT and other products beyond Intel's core PC business.
MediaTek Faces Eroded Smartphone Growth News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments MediaTek’s rapid growth in 4G smartphones is likely to be undermined by handset makers in China who design their own chips, according to an analyst who covers the tech industry in Asia.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record? News & Analysis 8/17/2015 14 comments Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Intel Preps Crosspoint Server News & Analysis 8/13/2015 6 comments Intel will debut next week a new class of high performance servers using the 3-D Crosspoint memories it recently announced with Micron, said one expert.
Intel Said to Unseat Q'Com in iPhone News & Analysis 8/12/2015 6 comments Speculation about Intel Corp.’s design win for next Apple iPhone has resurged with a vengeance. A Northland Capital Markets’ analyst wrote in a research note that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September.
Aricent Buys SmartPlay for $180M News & Analysis 8/10/2015 1 comment Aricent will create a design group focused on the semiconductor industry with the capabilities it acquired from SmartPlay for an estimated $180 million.
LTE Carrier Aggregation: Why Now? Blog 8/5/2015 9 comments The solution to increasing cellular wireless speeds is carrier aggregation (CA), the mechanism that expands operator capabilities and enhances subscriber mobile experiences and it paves the way to eventual 5G communication.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C? News & Analysis 8/3/2015 5 comments USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame? News & Analysis 7/27/2015 25 comments So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game News & Analysis 7/24/2015 10 comments In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars News & Analysis 7/24/2015 22 comments Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum News & Analysis 7/20/2015 2 comments As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Open Source Core Advances Blog 7/13/2015 5 comments A recent Berkeley workshop highlighted advances with RISC-V, an open source core already showing architectural advantages over commercial x86 and ARM cores.
MediaTek to Eat up Qualcomm's LTE Share in China News & Analysis 7/9/2015 1 comment MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is likely to continue market-share gains in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market at the expense of top-ranked Qualcomm by wielding its strength in China’s growing smartphone market, according to industry analysts.
New Architectures Target 5G Power Needs Blog 6/30/2015 Post a comment The next generation of mobile telephony is not so far away with 5G cellular networks expected to be deployed by 2020. New and advanced architectures will be needed for energy efficiency and software-defined power architectures hold promise for reducing overall network energy consumption while supporting massive increases in data traffic and number of users.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race? News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet Blog 6/22/2015 2 comments A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth News & Analysis 6/12/2015 1 comment Wearables and home devices are likely to lead growth in the IoT business during the rest of this decade, according to semiconductor companies and industry analysts at the Computex Taipei show that wrapped up last week.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0 News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Synopsys IP Speeds Automotive SoC Design News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Targeting safety-critical IP for automotive applications, Synopsys widens its offerings. They include Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB), Low-power DDR3 memory, non-volatile memories, data converters and other functional units, all powered by Synopsys ARC microprocessor architecture.
Atmel on the Block News & Analysis 6/9/2015 Post a comment Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
Avago/Broadcom Create Patent Powerhouse Blog 6/8/2015 2 comments With their proposed $37 billion merger, Broadcom Corp. will strengthen Avago Technologies’ patent position significantly in sectors such as mobile, the data center and the Internet of Things.
On China’s List: Memory, Market Share, M&A Blog 6/2/2015 4 comments In the eyes of Western investors, the semiconductor sector is a lousy business. In contrast, China sees chip vendors, especially Chinese chip vendors, as worthy of big investment. Why a huge gap?
Intel, Altera: Math in Question News & Analysis 6/1/2015 35 comments Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016 News & Analysis 5/27/2015 4 comments Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks Blog 5/22/2015 7 comments The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
Xiaomi Picks Leadcore to Go Vertical News & Analysis 5/18/2015 2 comments When Apple, Huawei and Samsung are already designing handsets using their own processors, Xiaomi, too, wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate their products and control its own destiny, an executive of Leadcore Technology told EE Times.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares? News & Analysis 5/18/2015 5 comments Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus News & Analysis 5/12/2015 Post a comment CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab News & Analysis 5/11/2015 7 comments A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015 News & Analysis 5/8/2015 1 comment SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed News & Analysis 5/7/2015 15 comments The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.