Content posted in December 2013
HP Lays Off 5,000 More Employees
News & Analysis 12/31/2013 75 comments
HP has now trimmed 11 percent of its workforce for the year as the company announces 5,000 new job cuts, bringing the total number of workers laid off by the company to 34,000 for the year.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
News & Analysis 12/24/2013 13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Intel Seeks Big Slice of Microservers
News & Analysis 12/20/2013 26 comments
Intel's director of cloud marketing and a couple of analysts discuss the company's upcoming offerings in the microserver and server segments. As ARM-based SOCs come gunning for Intel, the leading chipmaker looks to expand its portfolio and avoid overlap at the same time.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid
News & Analysis 12/19/2013 19 comments
One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
Microservers & Cloud Computing to Drive Server Growth
News & Analysis 12/19/2013 9 comments
After two years of decline, the server market is set to see significant growth, according to the IC Insight Market Drivers Report. That growth is mostly fueled by cloud computing and the demand for microservers -- a relatively new segment that allows for lightweight, inexpensive server processing.
E-Waste to Jump One-Third by 2017, StEP Report Says
News & Analysis 12/18/2013 5 comments
In 2017, the end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys, and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end to end on a highway straddling three-quarters of the Equator.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
Low-Power eCompass Modules Used in Xiaomi Handsets
News & Analysis 12/17/2013 1 comment
STMicroelectronics recently introduced its LSM303D accelerometer and magnetometer combo module to Xiaomi (Mi1S). The device meets minimal size constraints and allows significant reductions in power consumption without compromising performance in other areas.
Mindspeed Boosts Intel Baseband Play
News & Analysis 12/17/2013 13 comments
Intel has acquired the wireless division of Mindspeed, shortly after Mindspeed's business was mostly bought out by Macom. This shows not only Mindsppeed's desire to ramp down, if not completely close, its wireless division but Intel's desire to get into the wireless market.
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi
News & Analysis 12/16/2013 12 comments
Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
LPDDR4 Remains a Work In Progress
News & Analysis 12/16/2013 Post a comment
JEDEC is on track for a 2014 release for a specification that will double its speed and cut power consumption in half, and LPDDR3 has yet to fully supplant its predecessor.
Qualcomm Kicks Off Midrange 4G Fight
News & Analysis 12/16/2013 11 comments
Qualcomm kicked off the next round of competition in smartphones with its announcement of high-end and mid-range LTE chips last week. Broadcom, Mediatek and others are expected to join the 4G handset battle in 2014.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire?
News & Analysis 12/13/2013 3 comments
Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
ARM Acquires Geomerics
News & Analysis 12/13/2013 5 comments
ARM acquires Geomerics and strengthens its position in the visual computing and graphics industries.
We Drive Less: True or False?
News & Analysis 12/12/2013 38 comments
The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations
News & Analysis 12/11/2013 8 comments
Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
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