Mobile Benchmarks Need Work Blog 7/29/2014 9 comments The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes News & Analysis 7/28/2014 13 comments The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip Blog 7/25/2014 Post a comment As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con News & Analysis 7/24/2014 11 comments Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs News & Analysis 7/22/2014 29 comments Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM News & Analysis 7/22/2014 3 comments Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante Blog 7/22/2014 7 comments The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket Blog 7/16/2014 11 comments Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era News & Analysis 7/14/2014 9 comments Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill Blog 7/13/2014 84 comments When I think about IoT devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my intervention, and talking about my habits to a total stranger behind my back, the very idea just creeps me out.
13 Things I Heard at Semicon West Slideshow 7/11/2014 17 comments Moore's Law slowing, Intel's foundry ramp-up, and a stealth mode startup with a hot new battery technology among the things Rick Merritt heard at Semicon West this week.
TSMC Said to Ship Apple SoCs News & Analysis 7/10/2014 15 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. began shipping mobile processors to Apple during the second quarter of this year and will continue through 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy News & Analysis 7/7/2014 1 comment Fabless semi company DecaWave aims to end accuracy issues associated with the burgeoning indoor location tracking market. Its new CMOS module, based on the DWM1000 chip, locates objects using time of flight systems to a precision of 10 cm indoors.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics News & Analysis 7/7/2014 2 comments While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now? News & Analysis 7/3/2014 16 comments SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
EZchip Buys Tilera News & Analysis 7/1/2014 9 comments EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Regulators Fail to Take Conflict Out of Conflict Minerals News & Analysis 7/1/2014 3 comments Barely half of the publicly quoted US companies required to file their first conflict minerals reports did so by the June 2 deadline. Those that did file only managed to offer minimal transparency as to whether any tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold used in their products was sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring war-torn countries.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP Slideshow 6/16/2014 11 comments Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
Of World Cup & 10nm Blog 6/13/2014 6 comments How is the economics of hosting the World Cup justified when the stadiums will be left empty after the World Cup championship finishes? I see a parallel in the semiconductor industry building fabs.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC Blog 6/10/2014 1 comment eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars News & Analysis 6/9/2014 9 comments Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution News & Analysis 6/6/2014 17 comments Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
Intel, Taiwan Target Tablets News & Analysis 6/5/2014 1 comment At Computex, Intel announced the Broadwell Core M processor and a reference design as it teams up with Taiwan OEMs to grab a bigger slice of the tablet market.
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride News & Analysis 6/3/2014 3 comments As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon News & Analysis 6/3/2014 27 comments Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car News & Analysis 5/30/2014 32 comments Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.