Content posted in January 2014
China Bets on Homegrown OS
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 30 comments
A new operating system designed in China for smartphones, tablets, set-tops, and PCs could exercise a disruptive influence worldwide.
Broadcom Reports Steady Quarter
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 1 comment
Broadcom Corporation reported strong financials across the board during its quarterly earnings call on Jan. 30. President and CEO Scott McGregor said the company delivered record revenues across its three business groups and continues to build momentum in LTE and ultra HD.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis 1/31/2014 17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Qualcomm Beats Its Own Expectation in Q413 Earnings
News & Analysis 1/30/2014 4 comments
As the smartphone market's growth moves increasingly to China and emerging economies, Qualcomm has sought new ways to keep itself and its CDMA smartphone patent business going strong. The company reported solid earnings for the quarter ending on December 29, 2013.
Lenovo Snags Motorola for $2.9B
News & Analysis 1/30/2014 31 comments
Just six days after agreeing to spend $2.3 billion for IBM's x86 server group, Lenovo bids for Motorola Mobility in an unexpected fire sale at Google.
Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC
News & Analysis 1/29/2014 15 comments
In spite of bullish figures in emerging markets and opportunities in low-margin products, growth in the global market for tablets is going to decline in coming years, according to research firm IDC. Saturation in mature markets is primarily to blame.
Interesting Wearable Applications to Follow
News & Analysis 1/29/2014 5 comments
The top 20 finalists and the ultimate winner from the 2013 Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup were just announced at this year’s Wearable Technologies Conference in Munich, out of 600 entries from 69 different countries.
EV Charging Equipment Sales to Grow 10X by 2020
News & Analysis 1/29/2014 1 comment
Worldwide revenue from electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) sales is forecast to grow from $567 million annually in 2013 to $5.8 billion in 2022, according to market intelligence analyst Navigant Research.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up
News & Analysis 1/28/2014 4 comments
The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event?
News & Analysis 1/28/2014 19 comments
Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?
Qualcomm Buys Mobile Patents From HP
News & Analysis 1/27/2014 12 comments
In a move aimed at strengthening its mobile patent portfolio, Qualcomm Inc. has acquired a massive amount of IP from Hewlett-Packard Co. that includes patents from Palm, iPaq, and Bitfone involving operating system technologies.
Slashing Costs in 3D IC Wafer Process
News & Analysis 1/27/2014 3 comments
AML has filed a patent for its newly developed vacuum wafer carrier solution, using carriers with etched micro-patterns that allow for a vacuum to be created between the carrier and the wafer to be processed.
Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display
News & Analysis 1/27/2014 8 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
Toyota Case Expert-Witness to Speak at EE Live!
News & Analysis 1/26/2014 13 comments
Toyota never had a chance against Micheal Barr. His testimony helped prove to a jury that unintended acceleration in the Toyota Camry was a real and reproducible software flaw. Embedded systems engineer Michael Barr will deliver keynote at EE Times's EE Live! conference on April 1.
SanDisk Ships Enterprise-Grade ULLtraDIMM SSDs
News & Analysis 1/24/2014 Post a comment
Leveraging the memory channel storage architecture from startup Diablo Technologies, SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM’s SSD are already being incorporated into IBM servers with use cases ranging from VDI to transaction processing
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon
News & Analysis 1/23/2014 2 comments
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
IBM/Lenovo Deal Wins Praise
News & Analysis 1/23/2014 17 comments
Lenovo and IBM have agreed to a deal which sends IBM's x86 server unit to the Chinese OEM. Some say that this market is becoming increasingly commoditized.
Qualcomm Drives LTE-A to 5 GHz
News & Analysis 1/23/2014 9 comments
With the goal of addressing an expected 1,000x increase in mobile data traffic, Qualcomm has announced the development of a new technology to extend LTE Advanced to the 5 GHz band of unlicensed spectrum.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
News & Analysis 1/22/2014 18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
AMD Posts Solid Q413 Earnings
News & Analysis 1/22/2014 9 comments
AMD overcame declines in unit shipments for PCs with its graphics and visuals side of its business, in a positive earnings report for Q4 and 2013.
Intel Sells Media Assets to Verizon
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 18 comments
Verizon Communications will purchase the assets of Intel Media, a division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services, Verizon and Intel officials announced Jan. 21.
OpenFlow Taps Into Mobile Nets
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 4 comments
A new working group, including mobile carriers and gear makers, will extend the OpenFlow protocol for cellular and business networks.
Transponder Allows Cars to See Pedestrians
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 15 comments
You still have to look both ways before crossing the street, but Munich Technical University researchers have developed a method for driver assistance systems to identify pedestrians and cyclists, even if they are obscured by large objects.
Ametek Acquires Teseq
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 1 comment
With the acquisition, Teseq and its subsidiaries boost Ametek's coverage in EMC precompliance and compliance tests.
Uninterruptible Power Surges as Datacenters Spike
News & Analysis 1/21/2014 1 comment
Increased dependency of mission-critical applications within the datacenter have offered a boon to the uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) market. Power supplies are increasingly important, especially as the worldwide economy rebounds.
Intel to Cut 5% of Workforce
News & Analysis 1/17/2014 34 comments
Without offering specifics, Intel confirms that it plans to lay off 5% of its workforce by year's end. Given the current state of the PC market, the company's re-prioritization may be due to declining PC chip demand.
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