China to Write $10B Check for Chips News & Analysis 1/14/2015 3 comments China is expected to invest about $10 billion on its semiconductor industry this year, according to a foundry exec who hopes to get a big chunk of the money.
Patents Strategy Shift Predicted News & Analysis 1/13/2015 7 comments Companies are expected to shift slowly from patent strategies based quality, not quality given a handful of new factors, an intellectual property expert says.
Google, Apple Rise in Patent Ranks News & Analysis 1/12/2015 4 comments Google entered the list of top 10 winners of US patents in 2014, trailing Qualcomm but ahead of Apple, according to a report issued by IFI Claims Patent Services.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50 News & Analysis 1/8/2015 2 comments China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
Top Robots for Farmers for 2014 Slideshow 1/2/2015 14 comments Over 60 agricultural robots are in-the-field today, either commercially or in testing for release in 2015-2016. Here are 27 of the top contenders for the autonomous robotic ag of the future.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth News & Analysis 12/23/2014 20 comments China deployed huge numbers of TD-LTE base stations last year and India led the world in growth in cellular packet microwave systems, according to analysts at Dell'Oro Group.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off? News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
FDA Tackles Security, Software News & Analysis 12/4/2014 3 comments The FDA is working on guidelines for security in medtech devices, as well as ways to harmonize with international agencies on how it regulates software that acts as a medical device.
Your Part in the Recovery Blog 11/25/2014 7 comments Engineers and innovators are central to the slow but ongoing economic recovery, a top economist told a recent gathering of semiconductor executives.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal News & Analysis 11/12/2014 6 comments Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
China Owes Us, Qualcomm Says News & Analysis 11/5/2014 18 comments In an otherwise glowing quarterly financial report, Qualcomm said China device makers are not reporting hundreds of millions in sales to avoid royalties.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
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.
Behind Success of India’s Mars Orbiter Blog 10/2/2014 20 comments The Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary mission, entered the Red Planet's orbit last week. Here's how the Indian space odyssey began in the 1980s and paved the way for today's success.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Slideshow: Boeing, SpaceX Take US Back to Space Station Slideshow 9/17/2014 7 comments NASA tapped Boeing Co., the safe but more expensive choice, and upstart Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, on Sept. 16 to provide spacecraft and launchers that would deliver astronauts and perhaps even space tourists to the space station by as early as 2017.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing Blog 9/15/2014 2 comments Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents News & Analysis 9/12/2014 6 comments Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Apple of Greenpeace's Eye? Blog 9/9/2014 1 comment Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 10 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 14 comments Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort News & Analysis 8/26/2014 12 comments The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Bitcoin Bill Begs Questions Blog 8/26/2014 1 comment A California law passed in late June attempted to legalize the use of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, but the law falls short in at least one area and raises questions in others.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 8/22/2014 7 comments Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
China Wants to Be No. 1 Blog 8/20/2014 14 comments China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.