Tesla Recalls Overheating Chargers News & Analysis 1/14/2014 19 comments Tesla Motors announced on Tuesday that the company sold almost 6,900 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total number of Model S's delivered worldwide during 2013 to 22,300.
How Much Power Do We Need in a Brick? Blog 1/14/2014 2 comments Even if a 1-kW quarter-brick is conceivable in the near future to power 3- or even 5-kW boards, systems and board-power architects are questioning the electrical and thermal benefits to parallel this type of brick.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan News & Analysis 1/9/2014 9 comments MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It Blog 1/8/2014 22 comments Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
Wireless Execs Make Waves at CES News & Analysis 1/7/2014 Post a comment Here are excerpts from a panel at CES on the status and outlook of wireless technology that included experts from Broadcom, Ericsson, and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing News & Analysis 1/3/2014 10 comments Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
60 GHz DuoTargets Small Cells News & Analysis 1/3/2014 15 comments InterDigital and BluWireless may design a 60 GHz board for backhaul on small cell base stations, part of a growing set of efforts around 5G nets.
Power Tip 66: Reduce EMI From an Offline Power Supply Cost-Effectively Blog 12/24/2013 Post a comment The obvious ways to reduce emissions are to reduce the amplitude of the switching voltage waveform, to divert the current with a shield or capacitor, and/or to add a series impedance. We apply the first two techniques to demonstrate we can build a low-power, AC input adapter to meet EMI emissions without a common-mode inductor.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts News & Analysis 12/24/2013 13 comments The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid News & Analysis 12/19/2013 20 comments One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
Microservers & Cloud Computing to Drive Server Growth News & Analysis 12/19/2013 9 comments After two years of decline, the server market is set to see significant growth, according to the IC Insight Market Drivers Report. That growth is mostly fueled by cloud computing and the demand for microservers -- a relatively new segment that allows for lightweight, inexpensive server processing.
‘Electrification Factor’ in Transportation Blog 12/16/2013 24 comments Electric vehicles currently on the market represent a beneficial new direction in terms of sustainable, low-impact transportation. Yet the EV market today tends to obscure a much bigger picture as we pursue the "electrification of transportation."
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes Blog 12/11/2013 7 comments The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market Blog 12/10/2013 3 comments Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
China's LTE Bid Good for Apple Blog 12/4/2013 4 comments The Chinese government licensed its three big carriers for LTE, opening a door to more sales for Apple and a handful of China and US chip makers.