Aiming to capitalize on telcos' growing adoption of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking, Intel unveiled its third generation of networking processors, called Highland Forest.
Stanene, a theorized material fabricated from a single layer of tin atoms, is being touted as a potential future replacement for copper wiring in chips by a team of theoretical physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.
Targeting the market for multimode small cells, Freescale Semiconductor added WCDMA/HSPA+ multimode capability to its LTE L1 software, which runs on its QorIQ Qonverge BSC9132 system on chip. The chip vendor claims it is one of the first companies to bring both multimode-capable hardware and software to market.
China's Tsinghua Unigroup is not a well-known brand in the West, but its recent acquisition spree could make it a much more significant player among fabless chip companies targeting the feature phone and smartphone sectors.
Apple may be preparing to add 3D and gesture-recognition capabilities to its devices if the rumor is true that it is negotiating a deal to pay $345 million for Tel Aviv-based PrimeSense.
"The modem is truly the foundation of the mobile experience," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies in his keynote last week at the company's first modem workshop. The chipmaking giant invited press and analysts to the private modem event in San Francisco, where Qualcomm made a case for increased industry attention to competitive benchmarking of modem performance.
DecaWave, a startup from Dublin, Ireland, today unveiled ScenSor, an integrated circuit that uses impulse radio ultra wideband (IR-UWB) for accurate indoor positioning to within 10 centimeters.
HTC and Samsung are each using the SkyOne front-end platform from Skyworks Solutions in new smartphones, giving a nod to the platform's integration of all RF and analog content between the transceiver and antenna.
Seeking to grab a big bite out of the market for heterogeneous networks, programmable chip vendor Lattice Semiconductor and Azcom Techology have collaborated on a portfolio of products that include HetNet-optimized soft IP and system-level reference designs for multi-mode LTE small cells.
University researchers are working on a tiny chip that could be used for gesture recognition on smart watches and headsets. Unlike devices that use light to recognize hand gestures, this new approach relies upon sound waves.