ARM sets up Taiwan design center to focus on chips for wearables and internet of things

Wearable computing and the internet of things are two trends that are set to take off and ARM(s armh) – the British company whose processor designs already power the vast majority of the world’s mobile devices – wants to be riding those rockets. On Monday ARM announced a new CPU design center in Taiwan that will focus on ARM Cortex-M processors for the internet of things, wearables and other embedded systems that require connectivity delivered through a small form factor with low power consumption. ARM CEO Simon Segars said the new center, due to open this year, will allow the firm to “work even more closely with key regional partners seeking to accelerate this market.”

Apple launching iPhone 4S in China, 21 other countries on Jan. 13

Apple will begin selling the iPhone 4S in China on Friday, Jan. 13, according to a press release from the company issued on Wednesday morning. In addition to finally arriving in Apple’s “fastest-growing region by far,” the iPhone 4S will also hit 21 other new countries.

Is Apple’s 2012 iPad line aimed at every budget?

Some believe Apple’s next iPad launch could lead to a three-tiered pricing strategy aimed at making the iPad appealing to a much broader cross-section of consumers. So is Apple’s next tablet move really designed to lock up the market from top to bottom?

Facebook has no plans for a Taiwan data center

“Re: Taiwan, we have no plans to build a datacenter there.”
Facebook spokesman Michael Kirkland’s response to an article stating that Facebook had plans to build a 720,000-square foot data center in the Central Taiwan Science Park.

TSMC Buys $50M Stake in Stealthy Solar Startup Stion

The march of the chipmakers into solar continues. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. — a heavyweight in contract chipmaking — announced Wednesday that it has signed a licensing agreement and has invested $50 million in Silicon Valley thin-film solar startup Stion.