Content posted in January 2014
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
News & Analysis 1/16/2014 6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
EDA Market Blooms Despite Japan's Fall
News & Analysis 1/16/2014 1 comment
Global sales of EDA tools in the third quarter of 2013 were driven upwards by demand for physical design and verification tools and semiconductor IP, according to the EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS).
IBM, Samsung & Qualcomm Among Top Patent Recipients
News & Analysis 1/15/2014 5 comments
Analyst firm IFI Claims Patent Services released its annual list of the top recipients of US patents in 2013. IBM remains the top awardee for the 21st year in a row as Google and Apple break into the top 20 for the first time.
Tesla Recalls Overheating Chargers
News & Analysis 1/14/2014 19 comments
Tesla Motors announced on Tuesday that the company sold almost 6,900 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total number of Model S's delivered worldwide during 2013 to 22,300.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B
News & Analysis 1/14/2014 45 comments
Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Server Market Faces Disruption in 2014
News & Analysis 1/14/2014 11 comments
Virtualization and public clouds are causing disruption in traditional server markets, while white-top box vendors from Taiwan and cloud providers from China are making inroads in the server market, says an analyst.
IBM Turns to Semiconductor Packaging Post-Moore’s Law
News & Analysis 1/14/2014 12 comments
IBM is facing the challenges of a post-Moore's Law world including lithography and back-end scaling. The company is looking to move beyond traditional CMOS technology and its Von Neumann architecture to use more 3-D and 2.5-D scaling.
Making Smartphones Smarter
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 2 comments
A panel of experts discussed trends in handset development at International CES and debated what will spark public interest in 2014 and beyond. Executives from Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and Ad Colony agreed that managing data and making meaningful consumer experiences will be the deciding factor in manufacturer and advertiser success.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
IBM Founds Watson Group
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 6 comments
IBM Watson Group's headquarters will be at 51 Astor Place in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” technology hub.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Andrew 'Bunnie' Huang to Keynote at EE Live! 2014
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 7 comments
Popular X-box hacker and open-source hardware proponent Andrew “Bunnie” Huang is confirmed as a keynote speaker for EE Live!, featuring the Embedded Systems Conference, on Wednesday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. at the San Jose Convention Center.
Octacore Lands in Alcatel's Android OneTouch
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 2 comments
At this week’s CES in Las Vegas, Alcatel revamped its flagship smartphone lineup with the Android-based OneTouch Idol X+, which takes advantage of MediaTek’s new eight-core MT6592 True Octa-Core chipset.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off'
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 11 comments
Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan
News & Analysis 1/9/2014 9 comments
MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Chips Are Down for VCs, Wall Street
News & Analysis 1/8/2014 14 comments
Venture funding, IPOs, and acquisitions were all down in 2013 for the semiconductor industry, said a new report, and an analyst said the situation will only worsen.
ST Brings 64-Bit ARM Home
News & Analysis 1/8/2014 14 comments
STMicroelectronics announced plans to upgrade its existing 32-bit ARM-based SoCs for TVs and set-tops to 64-bit using ARM Cortex-A53 and A57 cores.
10 Top IoT Stories of 2013
News & Analysis 1/8/2014 5 comments
Internet of Things articles on security, low-cost dev boards, Intel's Quark, and reports from a handful of conferences won the most clicks in 2013.
The New T&M Company Name Is
News & Analysis 1/7/2014 27 comments
The new electronic measurement company to split from Agilent Technologies will be called Keysight Techologies. Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe spoke with an executive of the new company.
Samsung & Rambus Agree to 10-Year License
News & Analysis 1/7/2014 4 comments
Samsung Electronics and Rambus have come to terms on a 10-year deal extending their relationship through 2023. Samsung will pay Rambus $60 million a year for access to security and other capabilities on tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
News & Analysis 1/7/2014 13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
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