Will Apple Watch Win the Wrist Wars?

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  At the Apple Event on September 9 there was “one more thing,” which turned out to be the long-rumored Apple Watch. It wasn’t called the iWatch as had been expected, but otherwise it matched the rumors.  This was Tim Cook’s first completely new product category release and he made the most of it. There are three levels of fit and finis [...]

Don’t Be Foolish IBM!

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It was around 2009 when I wrote I predicted in a research report that IBM would be out of the chip business within the next 10 years, and I was being polite with that prediction. IBM began selling off pieces of its once great semiconductor group over a decade ago as the company shifted its focus on systems software and services. However, it j [...]

Android Assault

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It took Google several years to realize what the software community had already known – Android is good for a wide variety of applications and should not be limited to handsets and tablets. At Google I/O, the company’s software developer conference, Google announced the broadest strategy yet for the Android operating system (OS). As expected, [...]

Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote

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  Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) opened with a keynote marked by humor and significant refresh of both of Apple’s operating systems-OS X and iOS. The two hour-long keynote was jam packed with new operating system features and new APIs, and even a new Apple programming language. Those looking for new Apple hardware came aw [...]

The Day Net Neutrality Died

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In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down efforts by the FCC to prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from prioritizing web traffic in support of net neutrality. In the face of that defeat, the FCC appears to be turning the other direction. Today, the FCC voted in favor of new proposed rules that would allow ISPS to charge a prem [...]

AMD Lays Out ARM Roadmap Through 2016

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  AMD made a significant roadmap announcement on Monday, May 5 that clearly showed how completely AMD has embraced the ARM architecture for future products. The company announced it has taken an architecture license for the ARMv8 instruction set. In doing so, the company has positioned itself as the only CPU vendor that can produce both [...]

The Implications of 14nm

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While the march to Moore’s Law continues for the semiconductor industry, few process nodes will mean as much as the forthcoming 14nm node. The 14nm node represents a major transition to a new transistor design for the entire industry going forward, a major shift in the economics of semiconductor manufacturing, and a change in the competitive [...]

A New AMD Rises From the Ashes

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AMD is mid way through the corporate transformation unlike any it has seen before. The company has remade itself through a nearly complete remake of upper management and by extended its product lines beyond PCs and traditional servers. I have seen AMD from many different viewpoints: as customer, as employee, as competitor, and from the view a [...]

Qualcomm Extends 64-bit to the High-e...

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As the industry pushes forward with 64-bit SoCs, Qualcomm leads the way by expanding its 64-bit offerings into high-end applications with the launch of the Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs, hex-core and octa-core mobile SoCs respectively. The new products round out Qualcomm’s 64-bit product portfolio that already includes the 410 announced in Q4 a [...]

The Tricky Economy

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Just recently, positive statements about the economy by the US Federal Reserve appeared to signal a shift to a more conservative monetary policy, including a continued reduction in bond buying and future rises in interest rates. However, the US Federal Reserve President, Janet Yellen, delayed any immediate action by indicating no intention on [...]