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Wearable: ‘Hardware Ponzi Scheme’
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8/27/2015   1 comment
If “fitness bands are like hardware Ponzi schemes” where device suppliers must sell more and more new hardware while amusing bored users, can this be sustainable?
Will Apple Build an Entire Car?
News & Analysis  
8/25/2015   18 comments
Whether its creators call it ‘iRod’ or ‘iCar,’ Apple has launched a pedal-to-the-metal drive into the automotive industry, while keeping typically mum, according to industry analysts.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
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8/24/2015   5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
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USB Ain't So Simple Anymore
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8/19/2015   17 comments
Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
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Rambus to Enter Fabless Chip Biz
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8/17/2015   9 comments
Seizing the opportunity in a growing market of datacenters, Rambus is unveiling a server memory interface chipset. The move is significant because the company will enter a fabless chip business for the first time, instead of IP business.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
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8/17/2015   14 comments
Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Broadcom Tackles 5 Questions on Ethernet in Cars
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8/14/2015   4 comments
A Broadcom executive answers nagging questions on automotive Ethernet. They include its specific applications inside a car and if it has enough bandwidth to meet ADAS requirements. There’s also concern about Broadcom’s IP, and which car OEMs are already using Ethernet.
Intel Said to Unseat Q'Com in iPhone
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8/12/2015   6 comments
Speculation about Intel Corp.’s design win for next Apple iPhone has resurged with a vengeance. A Northland Capital Markets’ analyst wrote in a research note that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September.
Comment: Re: not so sure - junko.yoshida - 8/10/2015
WalkCar: More Than a Geezer Skateboard?
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8/10/2015   9 comments
Just as mobile phones freed everyone from sitting by a landline phone at home, WalkCar, an electric portable transporter small enough to fit in a shoulder bag, frees the user from bus schedules, parking spaces and bicycle locks.
Google Becomes Alphabet, Silicon Valley Zaibatsu
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8/10/2015   8 comments
Perhaps it was inevitable given the myriad business interests and technology fields Google has been so eager to get its hands on. Google announced Monday it will be creating a new holding company called Alphabet Inc.
Comment: Re: same old - junko.yoshida - 8/7/2015
Marvell's Mobile Biz Might Merge, But Who With?
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8/6/2015   4 comments
Marvell’s search for suitors for its mobile business unit illustrates a dramatic change in the global smartphone business. Nobody seems winning big. The irony is that the longer Marvell hangs onto its mobile division, the narrower the window gets.
'Inevitable' Ethernet Moving Slowly into Cars
News & Analysis  
8/6/2015   3 comments
Driven by a growing imperative to connect cars to the outside world, the emergence of the automotive Ethernet as the dominant in-vehicle network backbone seems inevitable. But how far has the automotive Ethernet really come?
Comment: Re: Intel - junko.yoshida - 8/6/2015
Carmakers Raise Stakes in Map Battle vs. Google
News & Analysis  
8/4/2015   4 comments
BMW, Audi and Mercedes -- to purchase Nokia’s HERE map business has exposed a growing digital rift between Google and traditional car OEMs. Carmakers are showing signs that they’re taking seriously the Google-car threat to their business.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C?
News & Analysis  
8/3/2015   5 comments
USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Comment: Re: hehe - junko.yoshida - 7/31/2015
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
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7/30/2015   6 comments
Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
News & Analysis  
7/27/2015   25 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
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Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   10 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
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7/24/2015   22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum
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7/20/2015   2 comments
As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Comment: Re: Go Renee! - junko.yoshida - 7/16/2015
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
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