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Contributed by Ray Angers

Microsemi Corp. (Aliso Viejo, California) trumped Skyworks’ (Woburn, Massachusetts) $2 billion bid for PMC-Sierra this week with their offer of $11.50 per share, or about $2.2 billion. Sunnyvale, California based PMC-Sierra provides semiconductor and software solutions used in ‘big data’...

October 23, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed By Andy Wei

For more in depth information on these topics and more, download the full iPhone 6s teardown report. 

To our surprise, we have found two different A9 application processors!

It had been industry speculation prior to the iPhone 6S launch that Apple would be dual-sourcing the A9 and...

September 28, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James, Daniel Yang and Phil Gamache

The following teardown blog contains some of our initial findings. For more in depth information on these topics and more, download the full iPhone 6s teardown report. 

It’s now a yearly ritual - go line up and get the new iPhone! This year Apple did...

September 25, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Goran Grbic, Jim Morrison, Daniel Yang and Darko Veselinovic

For more in depth information on these topics and more, download the full iPhone 6s teardown report. 

Force (3D) Touch, Apple’s adoption and what it may mean to the OEM World – an intellectual property perspective

Since Apple’s...

September 24, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by John Sullivan

While actively analyzing patents used in litigations in U.S. district courts and the ITC, Chipworks, identified an interesting trend:

75% of the patents analyzed are considered systems patents or patents that combine several separated blocks or tasks to create higher level improvements...

August 24, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

Back in April the Apple Watch appeared in our labs, and of course we analyzed it to see its contents. That set us some challenges, since inside the case we have the S1 “chip”, as Jony Ive called it in the launch last year. As you can see, it occupies most of the space inside the case, so it’s a pretty large...

August 14, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Sinjin Dixon-Warren

The Intel® RealSense™ gesture camera represents another foray by Intel into the consumer products space. The camera has been incorporated into the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15.  Intel disclosed at IDF14 that the device is formed using three components: a conventional color CMOS image sensor camera,...

July 27, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Goran Grbic

Did Jawbone hit the jackpot suing Fitbit for patent infringement and should others be worried?

As a regular practice, Chipworks follows patent litigations in areas of our expertise and of market interest. We review the technology area in which the lawsuit is filed and then assess the...

June 29, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Ray Fontaine, Senior Technology Analyst

It’s late spring of an odd-numbered year, which means it’s time for a 30-year tradition in the digital imaging community, where all come together for the International Image Sensors Workshop (IISW). The workshop is an exclusive event, intentionally limited in size to maintain an...

June 18, 2015 | Read Article...

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...

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