Contributed by Michael Spence

On December 1, 2014, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Spansion Inc. announced an agreement to merge their operations, citing a variety of synergies between the two organizations.

Business Perspective

From a business perspective, their products are remarkably complimentary. Cypress is a leader in...

December 23, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James --- Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick

In my conference preview blog last week I mentioned that session 3 on the Monday afternoon would be a hot session, with three finFET papers, by TSMC, Intel, and IBM. I was right – even though they were given in the Grand Ballroom, it was full.

Paper 3.1...

December 18, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

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Earlier last week, a couple of laptops arrived from Japan using the Core M version of Intel’s Broadwell processor. Straight into the lab, and within a few hours the first sight of the die structure, confirming that it is indeed the 14-nm...

October 27, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Ray Angers

IBM recently announced that they had signed a definitive agreement which will see GlobalFoundries (GF) acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists, and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics. IBM and GF have a history of...

October 24, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Ray Angers

Was this ever in question? After all, the introduction of the two tone flash unit on the iPhone 5s last year was universally praised for improving indoor picture quality.  In Apple’s words, the True Tone flash “variably adjusts color and intensity for over 1,000 combinations so photos taken with a flash...

October 7, 2014 | Read Article...

iSight and FaceTime cameras

       

Apple launched dual versions of iPhone for the first time in 2013. Each version featured different iSight cameras, and Apple has again used different iSight cameras for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Phil Schiller introduced us to...

October 2, 2014 | Read Article...

The A8 Processor

       

On to the Apple A8 chip. Apple said that it has two billion transistors (twice that of the A7) and is reportedly built on TSMC’s 20 nm process. At 89 mm2, it is 13 percent smaller than the A7 (102 mm2), while Apple claims it has an up to 25 percent faster...

October 1, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by: St.J. Dixon-Warren

The iPhone 6 contains a six-axis InvenSense combination gyroscope-accelerometer and a Bosch BMA280 three-axis accelerometer.  There has been some considerable debate in the blogosphere as to why Apple might have incorporated the extra accelerometer functionality. We...

September 25, 2014 | Read Article...

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

The iPhone 6 may be the most anticipated Apple handset since the original iPhone, and with good reason. In addition to the cultural impact Apple devices have been known to have, the market capitalization of certain chip manufacturers will...

September 19, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James, Senior Fellow/Senior Technology Analyst

On September 9th, Jony Ive, Senior VP of Design at Apple, narrated the video introduction of the Apple Watch. The ten minute video was broadcast during Apple’s event and beautifully covers what the watch looks like, how it works and what it can do.

Apple shows us...
September 18, 2014 | Read Article...

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