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Intel’s 14-nm Parts are Finally Here!

Contributed by Dick James Click here for more information on Chipworks’ Intel 14 nm reports   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 [...]

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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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ISPSD 2013 pt.2 – Interesting Presentations

contributed by Dr. St.J. Dixon-Warren The ISPSD 2013 Conference is now in its third day.  Tuesday night the conference banquet was held at the Hotel Nikko Kanazawa. The conference included a dinner speech by Tomotaka Takahashi, founder of Kyoto University‘s ROBO-GARAGE who demonstrated some of his extraordinary robot technology. But the fun and games weren’t [...]

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First Volume Production Phase Change Memory by Micron

A Peek Inside the Micron 1 Gb, 45 nm PCM By: Rajesh Krishnamurthy Phase change memory (PCM) combines the nonvolatile attributes of flash memories like NOR and NAND types, combined with the bit alterability and fast reads and writes of RAM or EEPROM. This positions PCM to potentially provide memory solutions in the memory subsystems [...]

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6th Annual Image Sensors Conference

Contributed by Ray Fontaine The 6th annual Image Sensors conference was held in London, UK on March 19 to 21. Having attended in 2010, it was nice to return this year and find an ever increasing scope of technical content and diversity of attendees. The best aspect of the conference is the variety of end-use applications [...]

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