Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth News & Analysis 5/15/2014 6 comments The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Managing Vehicle Networking Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash? News & Analysis 5/9/2014 11 comments As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
$6 Billion Problem for Mobile Carriers Blog 5/8/2014 10 comments The real issue of the three-device (smartphone, tablet, and notebook) endgame is not the form factor but a $6 billion revenue loss for carriers -- and potentially a huge problem for device manufacturers.
UPnP+ Bridges IoT to Cloud News & Analysis 5/8/2014 4 comments A new set of specs and code from the Universal Plug and Play Forum aims to bridge non-IP devices and cloud services into its WiFi world.
Microchip Buoyed by SMSC to Record Results News & Analysis 5/7/2014 1 comment Microchip Technology Inc. reported record net sales of $1.931 billion for the three months and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014. The 22% year-over-year increase points to a winning business strategy based on elbowing-out competitors.
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says News & Analysis 5/7/2014 14 comments Over the course of the company’s history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
CPU Vet Still Scaling CMOS Blog 5/6/2014 1 comment Challenges conquering 14/16 and even 10nm processes nodes haven't dampened enthusiasm for veteran microprocessor designer Jim Keller.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM News & Analysis 5/5/2014 12 comments AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
When Apps Attack News & Analysis 5/1/2014 16 comments Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
Mobile Growth Shifts to Low End News & Analysis 4/30/2014 9 comments A maturation in the smartphone and tablet markets will align growth with eastern markets utilizing lower-tier devices, Analyst Linley Gwennap said in his keynote remarks during the Linley Tech Mobile Conference. Evolutions in mobile technology will also reflect these trends.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip Slideshow 4/30/2014 4 comments An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
Is It Secure to Use BLE in Cars? News & Analysis 4/29/2014 25 comments How secure is Bluetooth Smart inside cars? The Bluetooth SIG is working behind the scenes to plug some security holes in Bluetooth Smart, and it's not quite finished.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide News & Analysis 4/23/2014 1 comment Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars News & Analysis 4/22/2014 7 comments Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue News & Analysis 4/17/2014 Post a comment Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Quantenna Speeds Up WiFi News & Analysis 4/17/2014 Post a comment As several major companies roll out 802.11ac solutions with multi-user, multiple input-multiple output (MU-MIMO), local startup Quantenna Communications has announced chip that’s a step ahead.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor News & Analysis 4/17/2014 2 comments In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
DARPA Turning Drones Into WiFi Hotspots News & Analysis 4/17/2014 1 comment The US military's research division is equipping aging drones used in Afghanistan and Iraq and equipment with wireless networking gear to make communications easier for soldiers in remote areas.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250 News & Analysis 4/16/2014 5 comments IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit News & Analysis 4/16/2014 10 comments At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.