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Who Needs 64-Bit or 8-Cores?
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1/31/2014   3 comments
Spreadtrum's latest news shows there is still a great deal of growth left in 3G smartphones for cost-effective 32-bit SoCs.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
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1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Memory Shifts Coming, Says Keynoter
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1/30/2014   21 comments
Abstracted memory interfaces, DRAM alternatives, and new kinds of processors are in the works, a Micron fellow said at DesignCon.
3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era
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1/30/2014   53 comments
Connect the dots among the three big moves Google made this month to dump Motorola, snatch up Nest, and make peace with Samsung, and what do you get? I see the end of the smartphone era.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
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1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
ARM Raises Server Spec
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1/29/2014   2 comments
Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware
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1/29/2014   5 comments
At the fifth annual summit of the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, Microsoft joined the movement, contributing its latest server designs.
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event?
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1/28/2014   19 comments
Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?
Nvidia’s G-Sync Nears Gamers' Nirvana
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1/27/2014   11 comments
The Holy Grail in computer graphics and in particular games is the suspension of disbelief. If the graphics are good enough the player will become immersed and lose himself in the game.
IBM/Lenovo Deal Wins Praise
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1/23/2014   17 comments
Lenovo and IBM have agreed to a deal which sends IBM's x86 server unit to the Chinese OEM. Some say that this market is becoming increasingly commoditized.
IBM Exits Hardware in 2020?
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1/23/2014   27 comments
I project by 2020 IBM will sell off whatever remains of its semiconductor and server businesses to be a software and services company.
Properly Track Test Capacity
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1/23/2014   2 comments
There are three things you need to know about to get the most out of your ATE.
Intel's Cough Gives Industry Flu
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1/21/2014   18 comments
The world's biggest semiconductor vendor is slowing its move to 450mm wafers and cutting staff, potentially leaving a gap for others to fill to avoid a slowdown.
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
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1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
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1/16/2014   6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Intel Seeks Visibility in Cloud Service Market
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1/15/2014   2 comments
Intel starts program with 16 cloud service providers to reveal tghe Intel technology inside their servers.
IBM Turns to Semiconductor Packaging Post-Moore’s Law
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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.
AMD Extends Graphics Lead Over Intel
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1/14/2014   9 comments
AMD's Kaveri chips extend the company's lead over archrival Intel in graphics performance in PC processors, analysts say.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
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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
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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.
Standards & Travels
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1/10/2014   Post a comment
Technical standards bring engineers closer together through a common language.
SoC Design: Hierarchical Flow Only Way to Go
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1/9/2014   Post a comment
A spectacular rise in SoC design complexity and size means it's critical to minimize lengthy problem detection and fix issues as early as possible using a comprehensive hierarchical SoC methodology. Here's why.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off'
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Intel Edison Aims to Dress Wearables
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1/7/2014   15 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a vision for a wearable world at Monday's pre-CES keynote, the cornerstone of which centers on a SD-sized computing system.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
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1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
Knight’s Landing Leaks Reveal Strong Performance, Memory Hierarchy
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1/6/2014   2 comments
Leaks are fueling speculation about Intel's upcoming high-performance compute platform, codenamed Knight's Landing. What seems definite: increased on-die memory and higher bandwidth.
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES
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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
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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
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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
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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.


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