Validity of New Feature Phone Market
News & Analysis 2/27/2014 23 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
News & Analysis 2/27/2014 14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers
Blog 2/25/2014 22 comments
The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
News & Analysis 2/25/2014 24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
Who Has the Best Android Phone in China?
News & Analysis 2/24/2014 3 comments
Which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? The Mobile Experience Alliance has launched a new rating system called Certimo that both consumers and OEMs can use.
What’s Happening at SPIE?
Blog 2/20/2014 Post a comment
As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
5 Game-Changers at MWC 2014
Blog 2/19/2014 17 comments
Beyond Nokia's first Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and Sony's renewed mobile push, I see five big trends destined to change the nature of the Mobile World Congress and the electronics industry at large.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
News & Analysis 2/18/2014 12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis 2/18/2014 3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder?
Blog 2/13/2014 23 comments
Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog 2/10/2014 1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians
Blog 2/10/2014 Post a comment
Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
News & Analysis 2/7/2014 49 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk
News & Analysis 2/5/2014 23 comments
In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral
Blog 2/3/2014 6 comments
Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.