While tech geeks may be bummed that Apple didn't introduce a new hardware product at last week's developers' conference, some in the electronics supply chain are still scratching their heads wondering how the company's iPhone 5 forecast is holding up.
News from the conference focused on the iTunes Radio service and the iOS7 unveil and got the iPhone 6 rumor mill spinning again, but other reports raised some supply chain issues worth watching.
A couple issues causing minor headaches could be linked to higher-than-needed order targets and iPhone 5 production delays. Much of the head-scratching appears linked to Citi analyst Glen Yeung's recent research note, citing Citi's "field work in the hardware supply chain," a report major news outlets around the world picked up.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.