How Steve Jobs saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

The chip designers at ARM Holdings have turned the computing world upside down, shaken Intel to its core, pulled AMD into its orbit, and broadened its range beyond mobile into every nook and cranny of the digital world, from toys to servers. But where did this UK wonder company come from?

ARM: Who needs 128-bit chips?

It started with the Korean Herald quoting an unnamed ARM official who, allegedly, “predicted that a 128-bit processor could hit the market in the next two years.” Now, it seems that ARM is adamant that it has no immediate plans for a 128-bit chip. 

Intel Galileo Development Board available for pre-order on Mouser

Galileo has a number of facilities for communicating with a computer, another Arduino, or other microcontrollers. Galileo provides UART TTL (5V/3.3V) serial communication, which is available on digital pin 0 (RX) and 1 (TX). In addition, a second UART provides RS-232 support and is connected via a 3.5mm jack. The USB Device ports allows for serial (CDC) communications over USB. This provides a serial connection to the Serial Monitor or other applications on your computer. It also enables Galileo to act as a USB mouse or keyboard to an attached computer.

Taking the IoT to the next level

Over three-quarters of companies are now actively exploring or using the Internet of Things (IoT), with the vast majority of business leaders believing it will have a meaningful impact on how their companies conduct business. Clearly, the the IoT is reaching a tipping point.Although the concept of an Internet of Things has been around for at least a decade, the IoT is beginning to become an important action point for the global business community.

FOSS Patents: Google tries to keep the door open to 4G patent attacks on Apple products with Qualcomm chips

Several new documents were filed yesterday in the Apple v. Motorola Mobility anti-suit action in the Southern District of California, in which Apple is asking the court to bar the wholly-owned Google subsidiary from asserting cellular standard-essential patents (SEPs) against Apple products incorporating Qualcomm chips (except in the same district or in Germany, where a license agreement is in place based on a royalty rate to be determined by a court). Apple argues that Motorola is not allowed to bring such assertions under a license agreement it has in place ...

How IBM is making computers more like your brain. For real

IBM Research is working on \\'interlayer cooling,\\' in which water is pumped through tiny tubes penetrating chips are piggypacked using high-speed communication technology called through-silicon vias. IBM\\'s approach is designed to deal with overheating problems that otherwise severely limit chip stacking. The protruding pipe fittings are for connecting ...

Saving lives one eCall at a time

With more and more vehicles on the road comes a greater potential for accidents. Technology designed for in-vehicle safety (i.e. back-up cameras, crash avoidance systems) offers significant preventative measures but accidents do – and will – still happen. That’s where technology such as eCall (emergency call) comes on ...

Intel shows off Rack Scale Architecture and Rack Disaggregation plans

Intel is re-imagining what servers are, and the result looks nothing like what you think of as a server. The term for it is Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) or Rack Disaggregation (RD), and it does just what the name implies.Current servers be they rack or pedestal have changed ...

Heads up, Intel: TI chips bring ARM to Arduino gadget market

A Texas Instruments ARM-based chip means hardware hackers who like Arduino will have another choice besides Intel\\'s Quark for computing projects.The Arduino Tre, a small computer for hardware hackers and hobbyists, uses Texas Instruments\\' Sitara AM335x processor, which is based on the Cortex-A8 design from ARM Holdings. Watch ...

Apple's new iMac: new CPU, graphics, WiFi, and drives -- and up to 32GB of RAM

Apple updated America’s favorite kitchen desktop PC today, feature-bumping its iconic iMac while keeping the price, as usual, the same.The newest iMac now can have quad-core Intel Core i7 processors at up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics with up to 4 GB of video ...

Apple M7 From NXP, Says Chipworks |

NXP Semiconductors makes the M7 sensor controller used in the new Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung makes the phone's A7 processor, according to a teardown by Chipworks (Ottawa). 

How Broadcom's HULA Helps GPS Work Better in Crowded Cities

With global positioning capabilities baked into most modern smartphones, it’s easy to take GPS for granted. Yet, pinpointing a location to a detailed spot on the planet is actually a lot more complicated than it looks.

Graphene Investment Advice Needed, Just Not the Stock Market Variety

With research developments coming daily—if not hourly—in graphene, it really was just a matter of time before investment gurus were going to start giving stock tips. This is not altogether bad. It keeps everything focused on the purpose of pursuing graphene developments to create new and improved products ...

Why There Won't Be A Next Big Thing In Tech

I can clearly remember each and every time I saw some key piece of technology evolution, and thinking to myself "wow, this is going to be big".On that list: personal computers, the internet, mobile phones, tablets and much more.Like many people, I got a mild intellectual rush from ...

Defects in 2D semiconductors could lead to multi-colored light-emitting devices

When scientists remove individual atoms in a semiconductor material, the resulting vacancies become point defects. Contrary to what their name implies, these defects can have beneficial effects on the semiconductor\\'s properties and enable most functionalities of electronic materials. In a new study, researchers have demonstrated that point defects ...

iOS 7 becomes first commercial software to support multipath TCP, allowing simultaneous Wi-Fi and cell network connections

It seems Apple included a bit of a networking surprise in iOS 7. According to a logs captured from an iOS device while connecting to Apple’s Siri servers, the latest version of the mobile operating system includes support for a new technology called multipath TCP. Multipath TCP allows ...

Overclocking Team Builds an SSD Tree, Sets Benchmarking Record

Team OCaholic set new PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage world records during an overclocking event in Glattfelden, Switzerland, and the team did it with a bit of help from Samsung, which provided them with the coolest looking tree we\\'ve ever seen. Instead of branches and leaves, Samsung\\'s tree ...

HDMI 2.0 For The Future High Definition Televisions

Targetted for the next generation of digital televisions – known as “Ultra HDTV’s”; HDMI 2.0 has finally arrived after being in works for about 2 years by the broad group of companies in HDMI forum.The arrival of HDMI 2.0 is very timely for the wide rollout of this new generation of Ultra HDTVs. Since its debut in 2002, every major revision of HDMI specification had a key driving theme, for example, HDMI 1.3 offered higher bandwidth for deep color modes, HDMI 1.4 offered 3D modes etc. The main theme behind ...

USB-IF to Develop Media Agnostic USB Specification

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the development of the Media Agnostic (MA) USB specification. The specification is designed to allow wireless devices and docking stations to communicate over the USB protocol, without the need for a physical USB connection. An important design goal of the specification is ...

Fab Equipment Spending Up 25% in 2014

Capital expenditure for semiconductor fab equipment spending will increase to $ 39.8 billion in 2014, the highest on record.