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Contributed by Ray Angers

Just three months after the formation of Broadcom Limited, the first large organizational change came recently with the announcement that the newly formed entity was selling its wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business to Cypress Semiconductor Corp. This news provided the motivation for Chipworks to take a look...

May 10, 2016 | Read Article...
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Contributed by Mandi Gingerich, Julia Elvidge and Jim Morrison

The new, more-stylish Alta fitness tracker

If you look through our recent blog history, you will quickly see evidence of Chipworks’ interest in the latest in wearable technology. So, naturally, when such a big name in the market as Fitbit announced a change of pace...

April 18, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Martin Bijman

In the spring of 2015, Chipworks published in IAM magazine an article about the IP of IoT, listing IBM, Microsoft, and Samsung as the top IoT patent holders. Chipworks has continued to refine our models of the IP of IoT, particularly about things, gateways, and analytics, and determined an updated ranking. And...

April 14, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Jim Morrison, Ray Fontaine, Dick James, Daniel Yang, and Mandi Gingerich

The long-rumored, cost-friendly iPhone SE was finally announced on March 21st of this year. Said to be the iPhone 6s squeezed into the smaller iPhone 5s body, this new iPhone features an appealing price point with flagship-level performance....

March 30, 2016 | Read Article...
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Contributed by Dick James

We recently dissected a Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch, a $1500 luxury Android Wear device, which looks and feels really good, but received only mediocre reviews. At 12.8 mm thick, it’s clunky, but only weighs 52 gm thanks to the titanium case – no aluminium or plastic here!

The specs are...

March 29, 2016 | Read Article...

Last week, we were fortunate enough to receive a Galaxy S7 Edge G935T based on the Snapdragon 820 chipset, and this week we get our first look into the Exynos variant, the Galaxy S7 G930FD. We like to look at all major phone releases across their many different models, as we know that there are differences in who wins what sockets in the...

March 8, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Jim Morrison, Ray Fontaine, Dick James and Daniel Yang

The following teardown blog contains some of our initial findings. For more in depth information on these topics and more, download the full Galaxy S7 edge teardown report. 

Jump to the Rear-Facing Camera...

March 2, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Owen Wetherow

We tore down the Microsoft Band II back in November, but we think it deserves a second look. It has a lot of great silicon inside.

The Band II website gave us a beautifully animated exploded view of the fitness band.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/All-Microsoft-Band/categoryID....

February 29, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by St.J. Dixon-Warren

One of the tedious tasks in transporting even the newest light-weight laptop is also needing to lug the “brick” charger along with it. In the last couple of years, we have seen attempts to market small-format, light-weight chargers that fit easily into a briefcase or pocket. The Avogy Zolt is...

February 5, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by: B. Drevniok - Chipworks, O. Amster - Prime Nano Inc. and St. J. Dixon-Warren - Chipworks

Scanning microwave impedance microscopy (sMIM) is a new scanning probe microscopy (SPM) technique that replaces traditional scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM). Like SCM, the new sMIM technique reveals information on the...

January 12, 2016 | Read Article...

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