Smartphones Take Large LCDs out of the Game News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments The effects of the penetration of portable smart devices has brought LCD monitor shipments to an historical 10-year low in the 1Q14, reports NPD DisplaySearch in its "Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report."
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Brazil Drives to 4G for World Cup News & Analysis 5/14/2014 5 comments The eyes of soccer fans around the globe will be on Brazil June 12 when at least 3.7 million people descend for the World Cup. A race is on to deploy new networks to ensure the influx of fans will be able to get on the mobile web, but the outcome is still uncertain.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup? News & Analysis 5/12/2014 1 comment The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip Slideshow 4/30/2014 4 comments An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide News & Analysis 4/23/2014 1 comment Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line? Blog 4/18/2014 44 comments Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor News & Analysis 4/17/2014 2 comments In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250 News & Analysis 4/16/2014 5 comments IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
The LED Patent Landscape News & Analysis 4/10/2014 2 comments A new report finds that Philips and Cree hold the highest-quality patents when it comes to LEDs. Samsung and LG are also major patent holders.
Datacenters Drive 100G Race News & Analysis 4/1/2014 6 comments Intel and Arista are the latest to lead a 100G link for datacenter switches in a race to deploy switches this year to handle a rising tide of Internet data.
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.
UW Researchers Create World's Thinnest LED News & Analysis 3/13/2014 1 comment Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated electroluminescence in a flexible, mechanically strong construct of the semiconductor tungsten selenide only three atoms thick.
BMW Sparks Laser Light Revolution News & Analysis 2/25/2014 10 comments Osram has been named as the system partner for the first production vehicle in the world equipped with a laser light. German automotive manufacturer BMW plans to put a laser-equipped BMW i8 car on the road by the second half of 2014.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media News & Analysis 2/24/2014 1 comment Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
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.
Chips Break Sales Record in 2013 News & Analysis 2/5/2014 12 comments The semiconductor industry posted record sales in 2013, climbing 4.8% to reach $305.6 billion. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that global sales in December 2013 were the strongest on record at $26.6 billion.
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.