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.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
News & Analysis 4/30/2015 1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
Teardown 4/28/2015 11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments
Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Slideshow 4/23/2015 7 comments
Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from the Internet of Things to policy.
Intel's 10nm Secrets Predicted
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 11 comments
Leapfrogging competitors to lower power chips, Intel will use quantum well FETs in a 10nm process next year using germanium and InGaAs, predicted a semiconductor analyst.
Remove the Moore's Law Blinders
Blog 4/21/2015 2 comments
The best is yet to come as new materials, logic architectures and software portend to deliver performance gains far beyond Moore’s Law scaling limits.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
News & Analysis 4/19/2015 8 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 14 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
SoC Spec Hits Version 1.0
News & Analysis 3/16/2015 2 comments
The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
Blog 3/16/2015 14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
Blog 3/9/2015 15 comments
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
18 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.