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I am Editor at large for EE Times even though I maintain a fairly trim physique ;-) because I run around a lot covering everything from computers and communications to medical, the Internet of Things, intellectual property and--every great once in a while--analog. Note: I am an English major.


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  • 06.24.2013
  • UHDTV whistling past 3-D TV grave
  • A top studio exec told me recently the studios oppose UDHTV, and they are lobbying for a more nuanced next-gen format: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4416718/Hollywood--Silicon-Valley-argue-over-digital-media?pageNumber=1
  • 06.18.2013
  • Nvidia to license graphics IP to other chip vendors
  • Here's an excerpt from a report by Ross Seymore, analyst for of Deutsche Bank: Quote: NVDA’s attempts to monetize this IP in its own mobile chips (Tegra)... has not delivered a significant return on investment due to hyper competition among tablet/smartphone SoC vendors. The royalty model appears better suited to the tablet/smartphone SoC market. NVDA’s move is also a tacit admission that generating a meaningful return on investment is very challenging for fabless ARM SoC vendors. Given fabless vendors do not control their own costs and source key IP from others, there are very few barriers to entry or opportunity to differentiate. A direct illustration of this trend can be seen in Chinese vendors such as Rockchip and Allwinner rapidly gaining share and putting downward pressure on ASPs as they operate on much lower margins than US peers. End quote.
  • 06.18.2013
  • Nvidia to license graphics IP to other chip vendors
  • Interestingly, the next Microsoft, Sony and Nintedo consoles all use competing Radeon graphics chips from AMD. This news takes some of the heat of the fact Nvidia just lost some big licensing deals for Kepler.
  • 06.05.2013
  • Intel's Haswell gets mixed reviews from analysts
  • Haswell is part of the Core x86 architecture the follow on to Ivy Bridge. Atom is a separate x86 lineage aimed at lower power and performance targets with its own road map targeted at mobile and microservers as you note.
  • 06.05.2013
  • Intel's Haswell gets mixed reviews from analysts
  • Intel architects claim the tablet/notebook and server markets have similar max perf per joule requirements so the core design is substantially the same. What's really different is, they say, the "uncore" block that has different versions for I/O and memory for servers and clients.
  • 06.05.2013
  • Intel's Haswell gets mixed reviews from analysts
  • I don't expect any Core family chip to play in smartphones. That's Atom territory. However these Haswell chips will play in some midrange and higher tablets, or 2-in-1s as Intel calls them.