IBM plans a big announcement at its earnings call on Monday. Bloomberg has it that IBM has come to terms with GlobalFoundries on taking over its money-losing commercial silicon business.
Sensors and other electronics will drive tremendous innovation in medical devices, building off the current momentum in fitness and wellness devices.
According to venture legend John Doerr, Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
Qualcomm’s(s qcom) Snapdragon processors are already the dominant app engines in smartphones and tablets, but the company is now targeting a much larger device: the automobile. The silicon vendor announced at CES on Monday that it has developed an automotive-grade version of Snapdragon for the connected car infotainment system. The 602A chip includes a quad-core CPU, Adreno 320 GPU and additional multimedia and communication cores designed for the unique use case of the car. Qualcomm isn’t the only chipmaker that sees big opportunity in the automotive industry. Nvidia(s nvda) has also been pursuing the vehicle infotainment space aggressively.
Qualcomm is promoting its new CEO from within, handing the reins to 20-year executive Steve Mollenkopf, who has headed up Qualcomm’s core semiconductor group and most recently served as COO.
Researchers were able to grow graphene directly on a silicon wafer, reducing the number of steps it takes to manufacture graphene electronics.
Qualcomm has a huge lead in LTE silicon, but Intel made up a lot of ground today. It’s multimode LTE modem is now commercially available, giving 4G device makers the voice and 3G compatibility they need.
Altair has now racked up nearly $100 million. The company is trying to become the LTE specialist creating a pure 4G chip for the tablet and connected gadget market.
New research enables silicon sensors to be inserted into the body for routine diagnostic tests, such as checking if transplant patients will reject an organ.
Despite being late to the market, Nvidia is showing it can keep up with the latest technological advances in LTE technology. But like it’s exaggeration-prone competitors, Nvidia is falsely labeling its chip “LTE-Advanced.”