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Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Café
Blog  
3/28/2014   19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Malone’s bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
Nvidia Pulls off 'Industrial Light and Magic'-Like Tools
Blog  
3/27/2014   3 comments
Nvidia has pulled together its seemingly disparate software tools and technology and bundled them into a product it is calling GameWorks. It's the Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) of the game development industry.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
Blog  
3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Slideshow: Tour Nvidia's GTC 2014
Slideshow  
3/26/2014   1 comment
Pascal, a 2016-class GPU on a 2.5-D stack with DRAM, was the headliner at Nvidia's annual tech conference here.
China's Parallel Universe
Blog  
3/26/2014   10 comments
When I’m in China, I often feel as though I’m in a parallel universe. As global as the electronics industry has become, certain things remain distinctly regional. China’s tablet and set-top markets are good examples.
Audi Self-Driving Car Rides Nvidia
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   14 comments
Audi's self-driving car drove a few feet on the San Jose Conference Center stage on a Tegra K1 chip, delivering a new Nvidia strategy.
Micron Italian Job Cuts Get Global Criticism
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   12 comments
A series of proposed job cuts to Micron’s Italian operation are facing protests from unions throughout Europe.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Battle Over Spreadtrum/RDA Merger
Blog  
3/21/2014   7 comments
The pending merger of two Shanghai-based fabless companies, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, through two separate acquisitions pulled off by Tsinghua Unigroup is "not a done deal," according to several industry sources.
Microsoft DirectX Goes Mobile
Blog  
3/20/2014   2 comments
The next-generation DirectX API from Microsoft is focused on efficiency rather than new hardware features, but runs across platforms, including smartphones.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
5 New Products Not to Miss at EE Live!
Slideshow  
3/19/2014   3 comments
We've highlighted five new products that you shouldn't miss at EE Live! in April. Here's a quick tour of what's hot.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis  
3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Imagination Offers Ray Tracing
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   8 comments
The Multicore IP block design from Imagination Technologies combines ray tracing and tile rendering for mobile graphics and games.
IoT Meets Cars: Security Threats Ahead
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   1 comment
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   20 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
MEMS Panel Outlines Opportunity & Threat
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   1 comment
At the MEMS Executive Congress Europe show in Germany, panelists debated the latest developments in the field, including new opportunities, falling average selling prices, and how long it will take for the Internet of Things market to mature.
Yoshida in China: Why 'WeChat'
Blog  
3/13/2014   13 comments
The technology companies here seem to believe their highest priority is to get China’s dynamic Internet players -- chiefly, Alibaba and Tencent -- on their side, talking them into pairing new services with their new technologies.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Intel Delivers Industrial Embedded Virtualization
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3/5/2014   Post a comment
There’s a pre-integrated and pre-validated embedded virtualization solution designed specifically for the industrial segment coming soon.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
MWC: Surveying the Good, the Bad & the Absent
Blog  
3/3/2014   2 comments
Android, 64-bit chips and low-cost handsets were big at MWC, but Nokia's Android hybrid, Samsung's Tizen, and Google's absence raised questions.


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