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.
Edison Leads Intel into Wearables Slideshow 9/9/2014 9 comments Intel released its Edison PC on a module, giving away development boards free to attendees at its annual developer forum here in hopes os staking out a position for its x86 in the emerging Internet of Things.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 10 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
6 Things I Expect at IDF News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects Slideshow 8/29/2014 4 comments Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network News & Analysis 8/27/2014 2 comments Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort News & Analysis 8/26/2014 12 comments The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Video Codecs in Close Battle Blog 8/25/2014 6 comments The next-generation video codecs -- HEVC H.265 and Google’s VP9 -- are in a close battle, one that will play out as the age of 4K video is just starting to dawn.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid News & Analysis 8/20/2014 4 comments ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
25 Views of Hot Chips 2014 Slideshow 8/18/2014 3 comments ARM commanded much of the spotlight at Hot Chips 2014, but the event made it clear Intel maintains its position as king of the microprocessor hill.
Securing IoT Devices With ARM TrustZone Blog 8/15/2014 1 comment The need for securing devices for IoT systems is becoming paramount. We’ll outline how virtualization can be leveraged to enable consolidation of connected devices, and how ARM TrustZone can be utilized to address security threats.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters Blog 8/15/2014 22 comments China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Betting Big on HD-to-Ultra HDTV Transition Blog 8/14/2014 4 comments Will the Christmas buying season starting on Black Friday this year be the start of HDTV's transition to Ultra HD? That's what Nanotech Entertainment Inc. in San Jose, Calif,. is betting big on happening.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds News & Analysis 8/13/2014 12 comments Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter News & Analysis 8/12/2014 31 comments FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Graphics API Gets Makeover News & Analysis 8/11/2014 1 comment The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Will Google or Apple Disrupt Intel? Blog 8/11/2014 24 comments Google, Apple, or a smart startup could unseat Intel in microprocessors, the microprocessor design veteran Davd Ditzel said after an interview about his Hot Chips paper.
9 Peaks From the Flash Summit Slideshow 8/8/2014 8 comments Flash controllers want to be compute nodes, vertical NAND wants to ship and next-gen non-volatiles want a shot, I was told at the Flash Summit.
IBM, GF Explore New Partners Blog 8/4/2014 5 comments Globalfoundries is focused on getting to 14 nm as fast as possible, so reports that it turned down a deal to buy IBM's two fabs for $2 billion make sense.
EV Battery Management Gets More Intelligent Blog 8/4/2014 Post a comment The EV battery management system is being more broadly redefined, so that it can be responsible for battery fault detection and reaction, control and monitoring, system-level thermal management, and security/brand protection.
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work Blog 7/29/2014 10 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 14 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 12 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.