Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments
Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
Freescale Buys CogniVue
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 3 comments
Freescale acquired CogniVue. The biggest benefit for Freescale is that it will be able to integrate inside its ADAS SoCs “automotive-qualified vision IP, instead of IP retrofitted for safety after the design,” according to the company.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Apple TV: 8 Questions to Ask
News & Analysis 9/7/2015 8 comments
Consumers’ TV viewing patterns have already changed. The key question to ask is: If Apple plans to bring its magic touch, or an “iPhone moment,” to TV, what will they have to do with their next Apple TV?
IoT Goes Emotional
Blog 9/3/2015 9 comments
I came across recently a refreshing IoT pitch -- "Emotional Home." The company promoting it is Binatone. The man behind the concept is consumer GPS pioneer Kanwar Chadha.
Google-led Group Preempts HEVC
News & Analysis 9/2/2015 7 comments
Internet giants Google and Cisco have banded together with Amazon and Netflix, two large streaming service players, along with Microsoft, Intel and Mozilla, to establish an Alliance for Open Media to develop “open, royalty-free and interoperable solutions for the next generation of video delivery,” the group said Tuesday (Sept. 1).
8+ Horizons at Hot Chips
Slideshow 9/1/2015 Post a comment
The chip horizon is bright and diverse said speakers at Hot Chips presenting on 5G cellular, neural networks, molecular diagnostics, chip stacks and FPGAs.
Open Source GPU Debuts
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 6 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 6 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 5 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.”