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Next version of Google Glass may be Intel powered

Intel will reportedly power the next version of Google Glass, replacing Texas Instruments as the brains inside the wearable display. Even though Glass doesn’t have widespread appeal, a refreshed model with cheaper price could help; good potential news for Intel.


The growth and promise of the LED market

LED production has grown tremendously, accompanied by a significant fall in prices that will further propel the sale of this energy-efficient digital-lighting technology. But challenges remain on the road to widespread adoption. Figuring out ways to use power efficiently for lighting will be crucial for a future when the world’s population will likely be much larger.

Chip sales are down, but Qualcomm is up. Waaaay up!

Sales of semiconductors are expected to fall this year. The only sector that didn’t see a decline year-over-year is the wireless business, and in that sector Qualcomm has seen sales grow by 27.2 percent. More proof of the upheaval occurring in the chip biz.

Why Amazon might buy TI’s mobile chip business

Reports of Amazon considering the purchase of Texas Instruments’ mobile chip business for billions of dollars may not make sense at first glance. But there are several reasons why such a deal could make sense for Amazon in both devices and cloud computing activities.

Intel steps it up on mobiles, gets Jelly Bean on its chips

After watching the mobile market pass it by, Intel is aggressively moving forward. Its newest chips for smartphones and tablets run longer on a single charge and the company now has the latest version of Google Android, known as Jelly Bean, running on those chips.

The Shift: as tablets surge, PCs lose

Last week when Intel announced that it was going to miss its financial targets for rest of the year, it was another testament to the shift of computing from PCs to tablets. New research from JP Morgan only reaffirms the shift to tablets.

Chipmakers beware: Qualcomm unleashes the quad-core Snapdragon

Qualcomm may be late to the market with quad-core smartphone superchip, but now that it’s made its way into its the LG Optimus G, Qualcomm can probably make up for lost ground quickly. Qualcomm has technical and logistical advantages its competitors will have trouble matching.

AMD, ARM, others team up to take on Intel everywhere

AMD, ARM, Texas Instruments and two smaller chip firms have teamed up to create a nonprofit that will try to unseat Intel’s x86 dominance in computing. But this group isn’t just after Intel; it’s taking the CPU — the beating heart of computers today — down a peg.

MetaWatch smartwatch now smarter: supports iOS and Bluetooth 4

MetaWatch announced two key improvements for its smartwatch development platform in an effort to better compete with up-and-comer products. The MetaWatch now has support to get wireless data from iOS devices and also aims for better battery life with the addition of a Bluetooth 4.0 radio.

Samsung holds 2011 dual-core chip crown; can it repeat?

Only 20 percent of smartphones sold last year had dual-core chips, but among those, Samsung sold the lion’s share: 60 percent of all dual core smartphones sold in 2011 had a Samsung processor. Who’s poised best to challenge in 2012? Only one company for now.

Mobile chip wars rage on as Samsung debuts its quad-core

Samsung introduced its next generation mobile chip, the Exynos 4 Quad, on Thursday, with claims of twice the processing power with a 20 percent reduction in power use. The company will use the new processor in its next Galaxy phone, debuting in a few weeks.

Report: Google Nexus Tablet “a done deal”

The $249 Asus MeMo Android tablet shown off at January’s Consumer Electronics Show is expected to be the first Google Nexus tablet with a price target of $149 to $199. To lower the price, Asus may be dropping Nvidia’s Tegra 3 for a dual-core chip.

Why Texas Instruments and iRobot are working together

The chips that power today’s smartphones and tablets are expanding to robots as Texas Instruments and iRobot announced a new partnership on Monday. TI’s OMAP platform will be used by Roomba-maker, iRobot, to help develop new robotic technologies. Here’s why, and what to expect.

Intel’s next big wireless play: It’s not smartphones

Intel’s wireless ambitions go beyond smartphones and tablets. It’s set its sights on the guts of the mobile network as well. By embracing a new network design concept called Cloud-RAN, Intel believes it can reshape wireless networks to make the best use of its chips.

Mobile chip wars: DoCoMo & Co. take on Qualcomm

Asian chip manufacturers and NTT DoCoMo will create a joint venture to build mobile phone chips. The joint venture poses a threat to Qualcomm, but the subtext here is that as mobile phones rise in prominence, chip making is turning on its head.

How the cloud is reshaping supercomputers

In the past decade supercomputers were dressed-up versions of Intel’s x86 machines, but increasingly supercomputers are borrowing innovations (and silicon in the form of ARM-based chips or DSPs) from the mobile and big data realms to add speed without guzzling too much power.

ARM vs Intel: Just starting or already over?

Notebook makers are reportedly bidding on chip supplies from both Intel and those provided by vendors using the ARM architecture, presumably to compete better on pricing with Apple. The real story is that the next round of chip wars between Intel and ARM licensees is here.

Alleged but likely Google Nexus Prime specs leaked

Google’s third flagship Android phone, code-named the Nexus Prime, is expected to launch next week. Thursday a list of believeable specifications surfaced. The phone could be a Verizon exclusive in the U.S., explaining why the carrier opted to pass on Samsung’s Galaxy S II: no LTE.

Mobile media use up 600% as unlimited plans tune out

More capable smartphones and tablets, combined with a growing number of online video services are heavily increasing mobile media consumption: Limelight’s data shows a 600-percent jump from the past year and that’s a bad sign for those hoping unlimited data plans will stick around.

Will Texas Instruments Power Your Next Watch?

Consumers may not be quite ready for wearable computers, but watch-maker Fossil, along with Texas Instruments, thinks the time is near. The Meta Watch arrives in July for $200 and acts as a wearable computer that pairs with your smartphone for email, alerts and more.

Infineon Moves to Put Wireless Biz on the Block

Infineon, one of the top five wireless chipmakers, has hired J.P. Morgan to seek a buyer for its wireless chip business, according to the Financial Times. Will Infineon be any more successful than Freescale or Texas Instruments, which tried and failed to sell their wireless businesses?

Can Qualcomm Compete As Smartphones Become Computers?

Our mobile devices are getting smarter, faster and mimicking the functionality of a full-fledged PC. As the top wireless chipmaker, Qualcomm has long been the “Intel inside” for mobile phones. But can it compete against a host of new processors with better graphics and more performance?

The Nexus One: A Non-Story

The Google phone, dubbed the Nexus One–an unbranded HTC-made carrier-unlocked handset running Android 2.0–looks slick. Here is why it won’t be an iPhone killer, though.


Report: 3-D Computing From Digital Cinema to GPUs

3-D computing is here. Consumers are beginning to experience it in movies, games and gambling and will soon see it on their computers, smartphones and TVs. Enterprises will be investing heavily in 3-D technology upgrades and applications for collaboration, training and in vertical application areas like healthcare delivery.

The impact of the shift will be far greater than can be measured by any traditional technique. Display and interface technologies today are based on the GUI demonstrated more than 40 years ago at Xerox PARC and commercialized in the 1980s by Apple and Microsoft.

This report describes many impacts of the shift to 3-D computing across a broad range of sectors, including semiconductors, display technologies, consumer electronics, client computers, servers, networks, software and services.

While 3-D technology has been around for the better part of a hundred years (see Appendix A for a complete timeline), the factors needed for sustainable growth in this sector have emerged and can already been seen in the success of 3-D cinema. This will spread to the consumer market for home entertainment, for both cinema and gaming. At the same time, the IT industry is incorporating 3-D technology into the two most important operating systems — Windows and Mac OS — this year. Microsoft and Apple are pushing more visual and natural interfaces for their systems and applications.

Our detailed report starts with an overview of 3-D display technology and then covers the interface technologies that will be used to capture 3-D information. Finally, we survey the computing technologies needed to support the creation, movement and delivery of content, including: graphics processing, software, hardware and network services.

The report concludes by showing the ecosystems around the key application segments, market dynamics, forecasts and recommendations about which technologies and companies to watch in the next few years.


Report: 3DTV Market is Ready for Takeoff

After more than 50 years of toying with 3-D movies, Hollywood appears to have finally found a way to move beyond sensational special effects and bring the technology into the mainstream of movie production. The profound success of 3-D movies at the box office also has the studios searching for ways to capitalize on their development investments. The answer: move 3-D display technology into the home. This report, entitled “3DTV Market Analysis: Transition From Cinema to Living Room,” includes analysis of the various 3DTV technologies, standards and markets. It examines the HDTV and 3DTV market landscape and includes market forecasts for 3DTV, and strategic recommendations for consumer electronics OEMs, content owners, service providers and retailers.

Three Companies to Watch in 3D

3D as a form of entertainment has gone from novelty to semi-forgotten relic. Now, thanks to a recent spate of 3D movies,…

For Sale: Freescale's Wireless Chip Biz — Cheap

Freescale Semiconductor said this afternoon that it will consider strategic options for its wireless chip business, including its possible sale. Anyone looking at the varied business units of the former in-house chip division of Motorola would have seen this coming.

Will They Really Modu?

I’ve been in Tel Aviv for almost two days and I still haven’t been able to shake off the jet lag, mostly…

MEMS the Word

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, have been around for a while, measuring everything from the air pressure in tires to the moisture in clothes dryers. But each new innovation leads to the possibility of selling millions of chips into popular consumer devices — and when it comes to applications or innovations, the market is wide open.