IBM Turns to Semiconductor Packaging Post-Moore’s Law News & Analysis 1/14/2014 12 comments IBM is facing the challenges of a post-Moore's Law world including lithography and back-end scaling. The company is looking to move beyond traditional CMOS technology and its Von Neumann architecture to use more 3-D and 2.5-D scaling.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off' News & Analysis 1/9/2014 11 comments Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan News & Analysis 1/9/2014 9 comments MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It Blog 1/8/2014 22 comments Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
Samsung & Rambus Agree to 10-Year License News & Analysis 1/7/2014 4 comments Samsung Electronics and Rambus have come to terms on a 10-year deal extending their relationship through 2023. Samsung will pay Rambus $60 million a year for access to security and other capabilities on tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV News & Analysis 1/7/2014 13 comments LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Qualcomm will leverage its strong presence in the in-car cellular modem market to advance automakers’ telematics business and join the brewing in-vehicle infotainment platform battle by introducing auto-grade Snapdragon.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Ford, GM Diverge on App-Intensive Cars Blog 1/5/2014 8 comments GM, armed with its own SDK, is courting software developers to write unique automotive apps for its cars. Ford is offering its SDK for developers to write smartphone apps to be used in Ford cars.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing News & Analysis 1/3/2014 10 comments Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts News & Analysis 12/24/2013 13 comments The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Intel Seeks Big Slice of Microservers News & Analysis 12/20/2013 30 comments Intel's director of cloud marketing and a couple of analysts discuss the company's upcoming offerings in the microserver and server segments. As ARM-based SOCs come gunning for Intel, the leading chipmaker looks to expand its portfolio and avoid overlap at the same time.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid News & Analysis 12/19/2013 20 comments One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire? News & Analysis 12/13/2013 2 comments Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
We Drive Less: True or False? News & Analysis 12/12/2013 38 comments The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents News & Analysis 12/10/2013 11 comments Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market Blog 12/10/2013 3 comments Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
China's LTE Bid Good for Apple Blog 12/4/2013 4 comments The Chinese government licensed its three big carriers for LTE, opening a door to more sales for Apple and a handful of China and US chip makers.
China Investigates Qualcomm News & Analysis 11/25/2013 19 comments Qualcomm Incorporated Monday disclosed that China's National Development and Reform Commission, which regulates prices, has begun investigating Qualcomm regarding compliance with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers News & Analysis 11/25/2013 9 comments The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.