Driver Distraction? Don’t Look at Me!

Driver Distraction? Don’t Look at Me!
by Roger C. Lanctot on 10-06-2017 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedThe Automobile Club of America’s (AAA) ongoing battle with driver distraction, among other issues such as drowsy driving and teen driving, turns a new page with a report flagging 23 of 30 tested in-vehicle infotainment systems as demanding that drivers pay a high or very high level of attention when performing… Read More


Can it ever be game over in tech?

Can it ever be game over in tech?
by Don Dingee on 09-12-2016 at 4:00 pm

The opening line of a recent Benedict Evans piece makes a bold statement: “The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won.” Reading that line reminded me of the William Shatner scene in Airplane 2; let’s just shut it down and go home. That’s not the point Evans is making, however, … Read More


Alphabet vs. Radio: Traffic Info Smackdown

Alphabet vs. Radio: Traffic Info Smackdown
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-21-2016 at 12:00 pm

Alphabet is showing signs of taking over just about every infotainment function in cars except one: traffic information. When Alphabet, aka Google, arrived on the automotive scene the company and its minions quickly grasped that there was going to be a big opportunity for search, voice, navigation, maps, traffic and contextual… Read More


Android Auto-Rooting Malware – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

Android Auto-Rooting Malware – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide
by Bernard Murphy on 07-14-2016 at 7:00 am

There has been a startling rise in a class of Android auto-rooting malware which is believed to affect over a Image Removedquarter of a million phones in the US and well over a million in each of India and China. The attack has primarily infected older versions of Android (so far) – KitKat, JellyBean and Lolipop primarily.

The malware,… Read More


How Microsoft Could Become A Mobile Player

How Microsoft Could Become A Mobile Player
by Patrick Moorhead on 05-26-2016 at 4:00 pm

Microsoft BUILD is the company’s annual developer conference where they communicate their latest strategies and deliverables to developers and launch many new innovations. BUILD is extremely developer- focused and is intended to inform current Microsoft developers as well as recruit more developers to develop for Microsoft… Read More


3 IoT demos highlight Atmel SAMA5

3 IoT demos highlight Atmel SAMA5
by Don Dingee on 03-04-2016 at 4:00 pm

At the high end of the Atmel product spectrum resides SAMA5 based on an ARM Cortex-A5 core. With an MMU supporting Linux or Android, plus on-the-fly memory encryption and ARM TrustZone in some variants, the SAMA5 family is drawing interest from IoT app developers. We’ll look at three examples, all illustrating how important seamless… Read More


SoC power management a study in transition latency

SoC power management a study in transition latency
by Don Dingee on 02-22-2016 at 4:00 pm

Apple’s recent bout with ‘Batterygate’ highlighted just how important dynamic power management can be. Our last Sonics update looked at using their NoC to manage power islands; this time, we look at their research progress on architectural measures for power management.… Read More


Do 8 Cores Really Matter in Smartphones?

Do 8 Cores Really Matter in Smartphones?
by Amit Sharma on 10-27-2015 at 4:00 pm

Image RemovedAs the smartphone industry has begun to mature, one-upmanship among smartphone manufacturers and SoC vendors has bred a dangerous trend: ever-increasing processor core counts and the association between increased CPU core count and greater performance. This association originated as SoC vendors and OEMs have… Read More


The Alphabet Starts With G

The Alphabet Starts With G
by Paul McLellan on 08-12-2015 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedWhat is the second biggest tech company in the world? If you said Alphabet, you get bonus points. If you have never heard of Alphabet, then perhaps you have heard of Google.

On Monday, Google announced that it was going to reorganize its corporate structure. This would usually provoke a big yawn but this could turn out… Read More


Semi Equip Stocks Roll Over & Play Dead? Semicon Post Partum Depression?

Semi Equip Stocks Roll Over & Play Dead? Semicon Post Partum Depression?
by Robert Maire on 07-28-2015 at 4:00 pm

Image RemovedAre Semi Equipment Stocks & Industry Rolling Over?
Is there any Upside in the second half of 2015?
Waiting for next years iPhone 7 refresh?
Does Windows 10 even matter?

“Sell in May and Go Away”

An old investor’s adage that has proven correct this year. The Semiconductor Equipment stocks seemed
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