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CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains
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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
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5/27/2015   2 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.”
Waving the Flag
Blog  
5/26/2015   2 comments
Economic espionage in the electronics industry is really the issue?
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
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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?
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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
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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
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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.
Flying High with Verification Standard for Design Reliability
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
As drones become more commonplace, their compliance to DO-254 will increasingly be required.
14 Views of the Virtual Network
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Japan’s NTT Docomo promised at the NFV World Congress to roll out network functions virtualization features in its network by March, leading a charge to NFV.
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.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
News & Analysis  
5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Why LTE-A Carrier Aggregation Now?
Blog  
5/5/2015   1 comment
Stop-gap measures like combining LTE and Wi-Fi carriers can help increase download speeds. But what about uploads?
Computing Needs a Reboot
Blog  
5/5/2015   3 comments
Engineers need to explore new computing paradigms to fuel future performance advances.
Intel's High-End Xeon E7v3 Debuts
News & Analysis  
5/4/2015   3 comments
Intel claims its high-end Xeon E7v3 breaks speed records for data analytics, beating IBM's Power8.
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
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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.
MediaTek Pins 2nd Half Hopes on Octacore
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, expects new octacore products coming out in the second half of this year to help lift sales out of the doldrums.
Intel Loses Mobile Vet in Reorg
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4/29/2015   Post a comment
In its latest reorg, Intel said goodbye to veteran Mooly Eden who helped pioneer the x86 giant's move into low power processors.
High Costs Hint IoT SoC Design Shakeout?
Blog  
4/29/2015   10 comments
Semico hopes to identify features and technologies that are “exclusive to IoT applications."
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
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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
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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
'Connected Home' Key to Intel’s Lantiq Deal
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Intel has formed a freshly minted “Connected Home Division,” which will become a home for Lantiq’s employees and those who are currently working at Intel’s Service Provider Division.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
News & Analysis  
4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
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
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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.
Analysts Cool on Intel/Altera Combo
News & Analysis  
3/30/2015   14 comments
Analysts gave a chilly reception to the idea of Intel acquiring Altera, the world’s second largest FPGA maker and a new foundry customer for Intel.
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.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
IoT Security a Prime Focus for Freescale
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Security is a major concern in the Internet of Things, and Freescale intends to provide developers with the answers.
Embedded Job Market Expands, But Boomers Feel the Squeeze
News & Analysis  
3/2/2015   12 comments
By almost any measure, the job market appears to be looking very good right now for embedded engineers. But not for everyone.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
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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
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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.
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