MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis 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.
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event?
News & Analysis 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
Blog 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
News & Analysis 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.
Intel's Cough Gives Industry Flu
Blog 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.
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
News & Analysis 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.
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.