Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display
News & Analysis 1/27/2014 8 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon
News & Analysis 1/23/2014 2 comments
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
News & Analysis 1/22/2014 18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
OpenFlow Taps Into Mobile Nets
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 4 comments
A new working group, including mobile carriers and gear makers, will extend the OpenFlow protocol for cellular and business networks.
Uninterruptible Power Surges as Datacenters Spike
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 1 comment
Increased dependency of mission-critical applications within the datacenter have offered a boon to the uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) market. Power supplies are increasingly important, especially as the worldwide economy rebounds.
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.
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.