Contributed by Dick James

Soitec Bounces Back, Makes Gains in Mobile Phones, Automotive

The week of July 11 was the week for the annual pilgrimage down to the Semicon West show, though it’s becoming less of a show these days than a gathering place for the industry, with multiple conferences in parallel, hence the motto for the event...

August 17, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Miranda Lim

Last year we looked at the Force Touch technology on the Apple Watch including its construction and its capacitive sensing approach. Later in the year, Apple introduced 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and we have performed a similar analysis (report available soon in the Chipworks Store, please contact us). Since...

August 12, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by: Sinjin Dixon-Warren

MEMS microphones appear in smartphone and tablet products from all the major suppliers, including in Apple and Samsung products. According to IHS, Apple is a major driver for MEMS microphone product growth. The iPhone 6, for example, contains three MEMS microphones, while the iPhone 6s contains four....

July 12, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Mandi Gingerich

In June, Samsung released a new, AT&T exclusive version of its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, the Galaxy S7 active. This is the latest in a line of outdoors-y Galaxy S active devices, earning the title “toughest Galaxy device ever” and boasting a shatter-resistant screen, an IP68 water-...

July 6, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Mike Spence and Martin Bijman 

It feels like the intellectual property (IP) industry is being inundated with new patent tools. These tools generally sit on top of the same corpus of data – patent and trademark filings from the international Patent and Trademark Offices (PTOs). The USPTO corpus has...

June 21, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by John Sullivan

The acquisition

“Revitalizing Microsoft,” “connecting Office directly to LinkedIn,” “embedding Lynda’s training videos inside of Microsoft software,” “giving Cortana digital assistant access to data from LinkedIn,” “renewing the decelerating...

June 16, 2016 | Read Article...

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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