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KKR Gains 6.8% Stake in Marvell
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12/31/2013   6 comments
Private equity firm KKR & Co. LLP has amassed a 6.8 percent stake in Marvell Technology Group, according to a regulatory filing.
Will You Take the Password Pill?
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12/26/2013   23 comments
The password pill and the display-cover display are two of the stranger extreme features on the way for differentiating mature mobile devices.
2.5-D Stacks Pile Up at Event
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12/24/2013   6 comments
More than a dozen companies presented results of test chips or support capabilities for 2.5-D and 3-D chip stacks at a recent event.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
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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.
Mediatek Going 64-Bit, LTE in 2014
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12/23/2013   6 comments
Mediatek will drive LTE and 64-bit cores into its mobile SoCs in 2014 as the rising Taiwan chip vendor makes a bid for more business outside Asia.
Semiconductor Ecosystem Tangles Into Sparse Matrix
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12/23/2013   6 comments
The semiconductor ecosystem itself is shifting toward an increasingly complex yet transparent Internet. That's making it harder for upstart companies to get into the microprocessor business.
Intel Seeks Big Slice of Microservers
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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.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
News & Analysis  
12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
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12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid
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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.
5G Work Officially Begins in Europe
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12/18/2013   19 comments
Europe's new 5GPPP Association has a broad charter to define and develop standards for cellular networks, targeting 2020 and beyond.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
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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.
Datacenters Drive Switch, ODM Growth
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12/17/2013   1 comment
Big cloud computing datacenters are driving growth in Ethernet switching and white-box servers, according to a quarterly update from Dell'Oro Group.
3D Stacks & Security Key for IBM in Server Market
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12/17/2013   4 comments
Top technologist at IBM discusses the future of server design with particular attention to security and 3D integration.
Amazing Race Toward Autonomous Car Design
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12/17/2013   17 comments
Chip companies are finding 2014 a critical year to drive their technology into semi-autonomous car platforms -- currently in development by a number of different carmakers.
Avago/LSI Points to Maturing Industry
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12/16/2013   10 comments
Avago's $6.6 billion deal to acquire LSI creates a broad wireless and wired communications and storage chip vendor well suited to a maturing industry.
Panel Probes Chipmaking Challenges
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12/16/2013   3 comments
Four senior technologists said the job of making advanced chips and finding ways to collaborate on the work is getting tougher.
Toyota May Settle Unintended Acceleration Cases
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12/13/2013   10 comments
Toyota Motor Corp., still faced with hundreds of state and federal lawsuits on Toyota's unintended acceleration problems, has agreed to start an intensive settlement process.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire?
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12/13/2013   3 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.
Qualcomm CEO: Mollenkopf to Succeed Jacobs
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12/13/2013   1 comment
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm said its chief operating officer Steve Mollenkopf will become its new CEO on March 4.
We Drive Less: True or False?
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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.
Qualcomm vs. Broadcom: Race on China’s BeiDou Nav System
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12/9/2013   10 comments
China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system has become the biggest bone of contention in the Qualcomm vs. Broadcom competition to deliver more accurate positioning information to mobile devices.
Cloud Power Issue Looms, Says Cisco CTO
News & Analysis  
12/9/2013   34 comments
Mega-datacenters will demand as much power as small cities in the next few years without technology breakthroughs, warns a Cisco CTO.
China's LTE Bid Good for Apple
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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.
Intel Revs Up Comms Coprocessor
News & Analysis  
12/4/2013   5 comments
Coleto Creek raises the ante for Intel's bid to get its x86 processors used more broadly in a wide variety of communications systems.
Holiday Sales Signal Computing's Shift
Blog  
12/2/2013   13 comments
The Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads and sales data tell a tale of a PC ecosystem that's become less competitive with the shift to tablets.


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