ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
News & Analysis 11/17/2014 4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con
Slideshow 11/14/2014 11 comments
At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 5 comments
The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
Blog 10/24/2014 33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores
News & Analysis 10/23/2014 1 comment
Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
Slideshow 10/23/2014 42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
News & Analysis 10/20/2014 20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
Slideshow 10/17/2014 15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
AMD Plans 7% Layoffs
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 29 comments
AMD will lay off 7% of its staff by the end of the year it said following a third quarter report of a slight profit amid a fall in revenue and expects revenue to fall 13% in its next quarter.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing
News & Analysis 10/15/2014 1 comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
Blog 10/14/2014 9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really?
Blog 10/14/2014 6 comments
What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
Lisa Su Named CEO at AMD
News & Analysis 10/8/2014 11 comments
AMD named Lisa Su as chief executive and president, making her the first female CEO among the top 20 semiconductor companies. Analysts hailed the move but scratched their heads over the timing, given Rory Read's successful but short tenure.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow 10/3/2014 6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
Blog 10/3/2014 14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
News & Analysis 10/2/2014 2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
Debunking MOST vs. Ethernet Debate
Blog 10/2/2014 3 comments
Car electronic systems are some of the most complex systems. As more functions are added to each vehicle, these domains must communicate with one another, and sometimes there needs to be coordination among multiple domains.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
News & Analysis 9/29/2014 28 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
News & Analysis 9/26/2014 20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
ARM Pumps Up MCU for IoT
News & Analysis 9/23/2014 17 comments
ARM announced its next generation 28mnm process 32-bit Cortex-M7 processor for embedded applications in the industrial, infrastructure, and home automation markets. ARM bills the M7 as its most powerful MCU with double the compute and digital signal processing capability.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
Slideshow 9/19/2014 4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Intel Core M vs. Pentium M
Blog 9/17/2014 7 comments
A comparison of Intel's recent Core M to its original Pentium M from a decade ago provides some perspective on how far the company and the semiconductor industry have come, says analyst Nathan Brookwood.
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
Blog 9/15/2014 6 comments
Apple and Samsung are poised to ship their first smartphones using 20nm mobile processors, but they are applying the silicon technology in radically different ways.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car
Blog 9/12/2014 6 comments
New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
19 Views of IDF 2014
Slideshow 9/12/2014 3 comments
Intel tipped a Xeon-class processor for microservers, a 3D camera, and plans for a password- and wire-free PC this year at IDF, where Rick Merritt had brief, strange encounters with Sergey Brin and a banana piano.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes
News & Analysis 9/10/2014 7 comments
Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.