Contributed by Ray Angers, Patent & Technology Specialist

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) strengthened its position in the mobile wireless technology space last week with the announcement that it will be acquiring 1,400 patents owned by Powerwave Technologies, Inc..  Powerwave, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2013, was a...

September 17, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

Two weeks ago, we posted about the TSMC 20 nm product that we had in-house; now after waiting for a year since Samsung’s announcement of V-NAND production, we have that in the lab and can start to see what it looks like.

The vertical flash was first released in an enterprise solid-state drive...

August 5, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Ray Angers

The US$1.1B takeover bid announced last week by storage solutions heavyweight SanDisk (SNDK.O) for Utah-based Fusion-io (FIO.N) has many suggesting this signals SanDisk’s ambitions to dominate the enterprise segment of the storage market. For a company that posted revenue of just over US$6B last year, this is a...

June 24, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Martin Bijman

The Chinese government recently revealed Microsoft’s secret list of about 310 Android-killer US patents. Chipworks has taken an initial look at these patents. We found there were actually only 243 unique patents and applications. About 80% of these are applicable to mobile OS, and 20% have elements applicable...

June 20, 2014 | Read Article...

If you've read part 1 and part 2 of this series, you're now looking for more info on the #AppSung trial deliberation.

Contributed by Richard Moses

Following  nearly a month long trial, the four-man, four-woman jury deliberated for three days before reaching their decision. Along with deciding infringement and validity, the jury...

May 22, 2014 | Read Article...

If you read Part 1 of this article, you’re now looking for the flipside of the Apple vs. Samsung analysis – claims by Samsung. The key point of this two part blog is that the ability to extract and understand claim limitations is critical. This will play a key role in the trial and subsequent judgment that will determine winner and loser – how...

May 1, 2014 | Read Article...

The ability to extract and understand claim limitations is critical, and will play a key role in the trial and subsequent judgment that will determine the winner and loser – and who pays who and how much.

Contributed By Richard Moses

 

Apple accused Samsung of patent infringement first in 2011. Since then, they have...

April 30, 2014 | Read Article...

Samsung unveiled their Galaxy S5 in Barcelona during this year’s Mobile World Congress. Although Samsung’s official global launch wasn't until later in April, we managed to get our hands on one earlier than most folks. The 5.1 inch multi-band phone comes equipped with a quad-core, 2.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and a 16 MP...

April 1, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by: Sinjin Dixon-Warren

Chipworks has been collecting silicon art for many years, and our collection includes images gathered by Integrated Circuit Engineering of Phoenix Arizona, acquired by Chipworks in 2001.

As the density of integrated circuits has increased, the value of real estate on the wafer has also...

February 7, 2014 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

As we said in our Xbox One article, the new Kinect is quite a complex piece of equipment, so we thought that we'd dedicate a whole article to it.

The first major difference we noticed for the new Kinect is that it's connected by a fairly hefty cable - no WiFi anymore. The unit is...

November 28, 2013 | Read Article...

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