Web Giants Drive Road Maps
News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
18 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments
UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015
Slideshow 1/16/2015 2 comments
Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
IBM Renews Mainframe With z13
News & Analysis 1/13/2015 4 comments
IBM’s latest mainframe, the z13, is its first to use dual, threading, and vector processing as well as embedded 1U x86 servers for systems management.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product
News & Analysis 1/9/2015 2 comments
Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50
News & Analysis 1/8/2015 2 comments
China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
The Key to a 'Cool Car' Is a Cool Key – NXP
News & Analysis 1/6/2015 7 comments
The car key is seemingly destined to become the most visible object differentiating one car brand from another. At least, that’s what car OEMs expect -- and NXP Semiconductors is banking on it.
Q'comm Allies in Cars, Health, IoT
News & Analysis 1/5/2015 1 comment
Qualcomm's silicon is in everything, and its ecosystem is growing, officials said at the International CES. The company didn't have any huge chip announcements, but it highlighted partnerships that will allow continued growth across markets.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline
News & Analysis 12/2/2014 7 comments
Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
News & Analysis 12/1/2014 11 comments
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
News & Analysis 11/21/2014 22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers
Blog 11/20/2014 8 comments
Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
News & Analysis 11/19/2014 14 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
News & Analysis 11/17/2014 5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
News & Analysis 11/17/2014 6 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
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.