China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0
News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments
The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Engineering Shortage Persists
Engineering Job Market 6/8/2015 24 comments
Lower engineering salaries means managers should brace themselves for the revolving door, especially when 3-7—year itch kicks in.
Avago/Broadcom Create Patent Powerhouse
Blog 6/8/2015 2 comments
With their proposed $37 billion merger, Broadcom Corp. will strengthen Avago Technologies’ patent position significantly in sectors such as mobile, the data center and the Internet of Things.
SoC From Russia With MIPS
News & Analysis 5/27/2015 7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
News & Analysis 5/14/2015 25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 4 comments
Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
Power Electronics Market Surges
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment
The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Patent Suits Have Global Impacts
Blog 3/26/2015 1 comment
Companies found guilty of patent infringement, even those under an injunction, may be permitted to carry out some global activities, according to a recent court decision.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
China Clouds Chip Outlook
News & Analysis 2/2/2015 3 comments
The SIA reported semiconductors grew at a respectable 9.9% rate in 2014, but its new CEO is headed to China to address trade policies raising concerns.
Patent Law’s Global Grey Areas
Blog 1/28/2015 1 comment
Patent law has unresolved grey areas when it comes to patent infringement liability for transactions handled outside the U.S., say two experts.
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.