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...

Contributed by Jim Morrison and Daniel Yang

A few days ago, Apple sent us our tracking number indicating that our shipment would arrive today, Friday, April 24th. We were pleasantly surprised to be a recipient of a Watch today considering the stir Apple created a while back when they flipped availability dates from today to “May-...

April 24, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

Today’s the day that the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order, and of course we will be buying some to see what’s inside. We won’t be going for the gold Edition model, even though many of us here would like to; the Sport version should be quite good enough.

At the Apple event back on March 9, it was...

April 10, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by D. James and D. Yang

Click here to download the full Basic Product Teardown Report of the Galaxy S6

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 has made an early appearance in our teardown labs this morning – thanks to the diligent skills of our trusted logistics guru. We got our hands on the 4G+...

April 2, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Ray Angers

It was announced this week that NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, Texas) plan to merge their operations. The deal, if approved in the second half of 2015, would bump the combined company into the top 10 semiconductor manufacturers.

 What was the...
March 5, 2015 | Read Article...

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