DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine Blog 12/16/2014 1 comment DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT News & Analysis 12/12/2014 14 comments NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser News & Analysis 12/5/2014 11 comments Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers Blog 11/20/2014 8 comments Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand News & Analysis 11/17/2014 5 comments Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter News & Analysis 11/17/2014 6 comments The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric News & Analysis 11/14/2014 5 comments Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con Slideshow 11/14/2014 11 comments At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks News & Analysis 11/12/2014 2 comments The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon News & Analysis 11/11/2014 6 comments Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks Slideshow 10/17/2014 15 comments At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing News & Analysis 10/15/2014 1 comment The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines News & Analysis 10/13/2014 1 comment The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV News & Analysis 10/11/2014 17 comments The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost News & Analysis 10/7/2014 18 comments Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
Kickstarter Gives Tips for Startups News & Analysis 10/7/2014 4 comments Design and tech projects make up 25% of the projects on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and account for 30% of funds raised. The trend is gaining steam, with many ARM-based devices, officials from Kickstarter and ARM said at ARM TechCon.
HP Splits, Adds 5,000 Layoffs News & Analysis 10/6/2014 19 comments Hewlett-Packard will split into separate $57B cloud and PC/printer companies, adding 5,000 more layoffs to its restructuring in a move that was met with muted response.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con Slideshow 10/3/2014 6 comments ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up News & Analysis 10/2/2014 2 comments ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol Blog 9/29/2014 13 comments Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
HP Ships First ARM Servers News & Analysis 9/29/2014 28 comments Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
7 Alternative Hacker Boards Blog 9/24/2014 5 comments Arduino and Raspberry Pi are great, well-utilized DIY boards for hacking just about anything you want to design. But if you're looking for an alternate hacker board, here are seven presented at this week's Designers of Things conference.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN News & Analysis 9/24/2014 4 comments Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
ARM Pumps Up MCU for IoT News & Analysis 9/23/2014 17 comments ARM announced its next generation 28mnm process 32-bit Cortex-M7 processor for embedded applications in the industrial, infrastructure, and home automation markets. ARM bills the M7 as its most powerful MCU with double the compute and digital signal processing capability.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots Slideshow 9/19/2014 4 comments Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Intel Core M vs. Pentium M Blog 9/17/2014 7 comments A comparison of Intel's recent Core M to its original Pentium M from a decade ago provides some perspective on how far the company and the semiconductor industry have come, says analyst Nathan Brookwood.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches News & Analysis 9/16/2014 3 comments Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Edison Leads Intel into Wearables Slideshow 9/9/2014 9 comments Intel released its Edison PC on a module, giving away development boards free to attendees at its annual developer forum here in hopes os staking out a position for its x86 in the emerging Internet of Things.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
Review: Kickstarter Board Is Processor Chameleon Blog 9/4/2014 3 comments PIEP Board, still in its Kickstarter funding campaign, is a new compact, modular, embedded development tool that allows a convenient way to combine the choice of different processor architectures. Here's a sneak peek.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing News & Analysis 9/3/2014 16 comments The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train Blog 9/2/2014 3 comments The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects Slideshow 8/29/2014 4 comments Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race News & Analysis 8/14/2014 6 comments Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.