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Intel, Rockchip Co-Design Tablet SoC
News & Analysis  
5/27/2014   16 comments
Intel will co-design a quad-core 3G SoC for entry-level Android tablets with Rockchip, one of China's top designers of ARM-based mobile SoCs.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   21 comments
Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
MIPS Rallies Open-Source Group
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   12 comments
Imagination Technologies gathered 10 companies including Broadcom, Cavium, and Qualcomm to develop open-source code for MIPS CPUs.
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.
World Cup: Ref's Watch Vibrates When a Goal Is Scored
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   12 comments
The Goal Line Technology designed for the Brazil World Cup transmits a message to the referee if all of the ball has crossed the goal-line.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
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.
Video: Michael Barr Speaks of Software That Kills
Blog  
5/7/2014   9 comments
Michael Barr, an embedded software expert, talks about the perils of poorly designed software.
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.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
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.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
Blog  
5/6/2014   29 comments
I suspect what’s discussed today as an “autonomous car” is likely to emerge in phases. These cars in each phase will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
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.
IBM Shifts Cluster Tech to Cloud
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
IBM is taking distributed scheduler technology originally developed for some of its largest supercomputers and applying it to cloud computing.
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.
ARM: Smartphone Sales Drop, but Recovery Is Coming
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
In the first quarter of 2014, ARM rescued its financial results with license deals, embedded chips, but the company sees a smartphone revival coming in second quarter.
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.
BMW Hybrid, Apple CarPlay: 11 Trends from the NY Auto Show
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 New York Auto show, the focus turned toward hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as infotainment and smartphone integration designs, such as Apple's CarPlay.
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.
Neuromorphic Roadmap Plots Analog Path
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   9 comments
Human-brain-like cognitive computers will employ mixed-signal neuromorphic SoCs, according to the roadmap plotted by Georgia Tech researchers.
Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots Fly on ISS
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   2 comments
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
Slideshow  
4/21/2014   22 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
BMW Has Most Advanced Connectivity
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   11 comments
In the rush to create a better connected car, a new study finds that BMW is ahead of other car makers.
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   4 comments
Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
SanDisk Finds Profit Behind the Tech Curve
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   3 comments
Focus and frugality put SanDisk in several sweet spots in the storage market, specifically by selling SSDs to datacenters while Samsung spends big on 3D NAND.
AMD Narrows Its Losses in Q1
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4/18/2014   Post a comment
As sales of PC continue to decline, AMD is looking to reverse its losses through sales of its new Radion GPUs and gaming APUs.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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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
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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.
Faster Cryptocurrency Mining With Digital Power
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
Mining for digital currency has created the latest race for computing power. This new contest will ask much of microprocessor and ASIC designers and power system architects.
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.
Gartner: Windows XP End Boosted Q1 2014 PC Sales
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   1 comment
The ongoing move to tablets and smartphones continues, but the end of Windows XP support got many consumers to plunk down money for new PCs, which helped shipments during the first quarter of 2014.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Google Has Plans for Titan Drones
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   2 comments
Titan Aerospace's drones are expected to help deliver Internet connectivity to remote regions.
Tunable Semiconductors Offer Better Detectors, Solar Cells
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   1 comment
Researchers at Georgia State University have published a paper showing how to get a semiconductor to detect low-energy light sources. These tunable semiconductors could offer better detectors, as well as new types of solar cells.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   1 comment
With Apple looking to enter the automobile market with CarPlay, carmakers eventually will have to make some hard choices, since the company is known to take over ecosystems with software and hardware offerings.
Where's the CPU?
Break Points  
4/14/2014   8 comments
Jack Ganssle is having fun with Raspberry Pi and other popular boards by asking fellow engineers to find the CPU. Most can't.
TI Unveils Cloud Support Ecosystem for Embedded Developers
Opinion  
4/14/2014   Post a comment
In what may be a template for processor design support in the IoT era, TI has developed a cloud service ecosystem for its hardware design customers.
Electron Spin Could Yield PCs That Run Fast While Turned Off
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   8 comments
Based on new findings, researchers call for redesigns to let computers run at normal speed with little or no electricity.
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