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.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015 Slideshow 1/16/2015 2 comments Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
IBM Renews Mainframe With z13 News & Analysis 1/13/2015 4 comments IBM’s latest mainframe, the z13, is its first to use dual, threading, and vector processing as well as embedded 1U x86 servers for systems management.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product News & Analysis 1/9/2015 2 comments Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50 News & Analysis 1/8/2015 2 comments China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
The Key to a 'Cool Car' Is a Cool Key – NXP News & Analysis 1/6/2015 7 comments The car key is seemingly destined to become the most visible object differentiating one car brand from another. At least, that’s what car OEMs expect -- and NXP Semiconductors is banking on it.
Q'comm Allies in Cars, Health, IoT News & Analysis 1/5/2015 1 comment Qualcomm's silicon is in everything, and its ecosystem is growing, officials said at the International CES. The company didn't have any huge chip announcements, but it highlighted partnerships that will allow continued growth across markets.
Broadcom Goes Pedal-to-the-Metal With Ethernet & NFC News & Analysis 1/5/2015 10 comments Through the announcement of two new auto-grade chips that include an Ethernet physical layer transceiver IC and an NFC chip, Broadcom is demonstrating at the International CES a strong commitment to its automotive initiative.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off? News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
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.