Contributed by: St.J. Dixon-Warren

The formal sessions of the 27th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD 2015) is being held this week at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong, China. Based on the weather outside my hotel room, I think we must be in the middle of Monsoon Season. Fortunately, the hotels...

May 14, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Jim Morrison and Daniel Yang

A few days ago, Apple sent us our tracking number indicating that our shipment would arrive today, Friday, April 24th. We were pleasantly surprised to be a recipient of a Watch today considering the stir Apple created a while back when they flipped availability dates from today to “May-...

April 24, 2015 | Read Article...

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 going for the gold Edition model, even though many of us here would like to; the Sport version should be quite good enough.

At the Apple event back on March 9, it was...

April 10, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by D. James and D. Yang

Click here to download the full Basic Product Teardown Report of the Galaxy S6

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 has made an early appearance in our teardown labs this morning – thanks to the diligent skills of our trusted logistics guru. We got our hands on the 4G+...

April 2, 2015 | Read Article...

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, if approved in the second half of 2015, would bump the combined company into the top 10 semiconductor manufacturers.

 What was the...
March 5, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Michael Spence

2014 was another banner year for new US IP with an 8% growth of new patent grants over 2013.  Looking down the list of top 50 companies, we see that over 70% are in high-tech – a pretty strong showing. In this blog, we’ll go deep on a few hot technologies from the “Class of 2014” using Chipworks Patent...

February 18, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Martin Bijman

On Feb 2, Intel announced it will purchase “Internet of Things” (IoT) chip company Lantiq. According to Intel, this will enhance connection experiences in the home, by extending its home gateway business with Lantiq product lineup of access products such as cable, DSL, fiber, LTE, retail, and IoT smart routers...

February 9, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Jim Morrison

Two Years Can Change A Lot

In January of 2013, I spent a lot of time studying DTVs at CES. One of the players that rose above the rest was HiSense. Back in 2013, the Chinese flat panel TV provider spoke of ambitious goals to increase their market share in the USA. Well, here we are two years later and...

January 8, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Jim Morrison

During the press events yesterday I met the North American Manager for Bosch’s eBike. She invited me to come by the booth and speak to her colleagues who were visiting from their facilities in Germany. I took her up on that offer and wow, I am very glad I did. I had the pleasure of speaking with a...

January 7, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James and Jim Morrison

Every year before the press day, and two days before the actual show itself, International CES holds their “CES Unveiled” event for media and analysts. It’s basically a mini-trade show that (presumably) the exhibitors have to pay extra, to get increased exposure for their products.

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January 6, 2015 | Read Article...

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