Wimpy cores were big in 2012. Marvell grabbed design wins at Dell and Mitac for its Armada XP, one of the first quad-core ARM server SoCs to hit the market. Startup Calxeda got two small design wins for its roughly similar 32-bit SoC.
Applied Micro showed a full suite of Web server software running on simulations of its X-Gene, an ARM server SoC it hopes to have back from the fab early next year as one of the first of the new breed of 64-bitters. But Intel trumped all competitors, rolling out at the end of the year Centerton, a dual-core 64-bit Atom chip for energy efficient servers.
This limbo dance won’t play out until all competitors enter the contest in 2014, but the band has started warming up this year.
Good overall list... how ever, I do take exception to one -3-D printing! The industry (may be in sync with 3D TV's) would love to use the fancy word for many engineers like me have been using as SLA machines (stereolithography). These prototyping machines in manufacturing have been around for decades and have always been the lowest-cost way to make sample parts. But I would argue they remain as play for enterprises by a huge majority than for consumers! Equipments and materials are no where near the price models of Inkjet printers!
By the way, regarding some 2012 duds in the list, I would list:
1. NXP's IoT with light bulbs -largely remained as a dreamware for 2012!
2. Plastic electronics ended the year as only slightly removed from hype!
3. NFC -mixed bag in the USA; caught on in EU.
4. Printed electronics -ditto! The explosion as huge growth opportunity yet to materialize!
5. Graphene -still in hype cycle!
6. GPGPU -right on! Winner!!
7. EUV -need I say more, HYPE continues!
8. 40/100Gig Ethernet -catching up BUT not in RJ45!!
9. Mobile OS with Android -right on! Winner!!
10. AMOLEDs -neutral! Some wins in tablets, TV still too expensive!
11. 3DIC's -neutral; many-ongoing designs, some product releases (Samsung's RDRAM with TSV's).
Overall, I would give a thumbs up to EE Times.
3D printing is technology which everyone is excited about. Needs to be seen what advancement will we see in 3D printing this year. We are seeing some new versions of 3D printers in on-going CESC exhibition.
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