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Chipworks @ Mobile World Congress – The Year of Incremental Improvements

Contributed by Dick James As we did last year, we went along to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), held in Barcelona last week. The intent was to take the pulse of the mobile business, not just the big announcements like the Samsung Galaxy S5, but also the parts that go into mobile devices. Dominant Themes [...]

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iPhone 5s Touch ID – Technology Perspective

Looks Like AuthenTec Descendants Contributed by Dick James It’s a matter of history now. The widely expected fingerprint sensor did show up in the iPhone, to generally good reviews, so of course we had to take a look at it. Earlier this month, we analyzed the Touch ID sensor with a patent and market perspective. [...]

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A Dispatch from Semicon West

Applied Materials Launches Epi System Focused on NMOS Strain by Dick James @ChipworksDick   Flying in to SFO on July 7, I must have been one of many attendees delayed by the after-effects of the Asiana Airlines crash there the day before. In my case, it was only an hour or so (i.e., as normal), but [...]

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The Broadcom BCM4334 – Circuit Innovation Snapshot

The Broadcom BCM4334 is a single chip dual-band combo device supporting 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, and FM receiver and started showing up in smartphones in mid 2012; it marked Broadcom’s transition from 65-nm to 40-nm processing in this space. Chipworks has documented wins for the device in the Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Q10, and HTC [...]

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MWC – NFC Everywhere with the help of NXP and Broadcom

Consumers (mostly) all know that we have had these little NFC chips in our phones for a while.  Touted as a specification we should care about, and yet the darn thing just doesn’t seem to do anything.  Well, if the demonstrations at the Mobile World Congress in 2013 have anything to say about it, this [...]

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Circuit highlights from the Texas Instruments WiLink 7.0 (and more)

The Texas Instruments WL1283 (WiLink 7) is a topic on which we have written in the past.  It is a multi-band chip with an impressive set of specifications, in a small size that competes with the market leader, the Broadcom 4330. Each brings their own set of specifications to the table with the TI device [...]

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