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    by Published on 01-28-2015 01:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Mobile

    There is an interesting reality show playing in the media featuring Qualcomm and Samsung with supporting actors TSMC, LG, Xaomi, and Apple. As I’m sure we all have read, Samsung is losing massive amounts of money on mobile which was once ...
    by Published on 01-27-2015 07:35 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. FPGA

    Interesting news today : Lattice Semiconductor, FPGA vendor is buying Silicon Image. In fact, Silicon Image is a chip vendor, but also an innovator, licensing well known IP like HDMI, MHL and more. If we consider the amount paid for Silicon Image ($600 million), compared with the last full year revenue, $276M in 2014, that’s a 2.2X ...
    by Published on 01-25-2015 08:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    Although CMOS technology in semiconductors was patented in 1960s, commercial ICs and electronic systems based on CMOS ICs started picking up in 1970s, and the real growth with personal computer (PC) market took place in 1980s. Then Intel microprocessors ...
    by Published on 01-25-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General

    There are four big technology companies that I grew up with: Intel, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM. I still follow all four but it is sometimes hard to watch. Last week there was talk of a massive layoff at IBM and ...
    by Published on 01-24-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things

    You feel violated when internet intruders (hackers) cause digital harm (theft of social security numbers, credit cards, logins, e-mails or addresses), however, it’s frightening when organized cyber attacks destroy critical physical infrastructure (disrupt water, power or gas). Its annoying having to update passwords or get a new credit card. How unnerved would you be if the power is out of weeks our you don’t have gas for your car? This is the new age of cyber-terrorism awaiting us as we connect more of our critical infrastructure to the Internet.
    by Published on 01-23-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    Several months ago we had suggested that we were concerned that Apple's A9 processor would wind up being 20nm planar (maybe 14nm planar) rather than the expected 14nm FinFET. As we are now under 9 months from a likely launch time for Apple's next gen IPhone the timing for getting a 14nm FinFET processor on board the phone looks much more difficult. The ...
    by Published on 01-23-2015 05:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile

    The origin of ARM’s success in mobile phone space is largely traced to Symbian’s decision to exclusively support the ARM Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). This in turn was the consequence of a mid-1990s decision by Texas Instruments to use ARM in its mobile phone ASICs for Nokia, ...
    by Published on 01-18-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile

    Standard wars are no stranger to technology business. In fact, they are the norm. Take, for instance, the rock star technology of 2015—wireless charging. Magnetic induction or magnetic resonance: which standard will dominate the wireless power ecosystem?

    That’s the crucial question while wireless charging continues to win the prominence in the technology industry, and ...
    by Published on 01-16-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile,
    3. IoT Internet of Things

    These two products are linked because they have been invented by Google and both are disruptive technologies. Like was the Apple’s Newton tablet launched in CES Chicago in 1992 and finally stopped in 1998, due to the lack of success. To born again in 2010 as the well-known and best seller iPad ...
    by Published on 01-13-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile,
    3. IoT Internet of Things

    2015 International CES was held last week in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which puts on the show said over 170,000 people attended. The show featured more than 3,600 exhibitors covering over 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space.

    In advance of the show, CEA released ...
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