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.
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.
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.
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.
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 9 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.
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.
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