Apple Watch Launch Confirms WiFi and NFC Inside

Contributed by Dick James Today’s the day that the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order, and of course we will be buying some to see what’s inside. We won’t be ...

Inside the Samsung Galaxy S6

Contributed by D. James and D. Yang The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 has made an early appearance in our teardown labs this morning – thanks to the diligent skills ...

NXP/Freescale Merger – A Union of Equals

Contributed by Ray Angers   It was announced this week that NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, Texas) plan to merge their operations.  The deal, ...

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Hot technologies in USPTO class of 2014

Contributed by Michael Spence 2014 was another banner year for new US ...


Intel Bolsters IoT Position

Contributed by Martin Bijman On Feb 2, Intel announced it will purchase ...


Inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Contributed by C. Young, D. Yang, R. Fontaine, J. Morrison, D. James and ...


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Making Sense of the Cypress / Spansion Merger

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