Thursday, December 18th, 2014

September 2014 – at the uplink conference in San Francisco, QUALCOMM held a session about the best place for software and applications to reside in a network system. The options are in the cloud, in the end device such as a phone or tablet or laptop, or in the Gateway device inside the building that [...]

September 2014 – at the GamesBeat conference in San Francisco they held a keynote discussing the change in platforms and consoles for the gaming industry. The discussion focused on whether or not the console wars have concluded and if there is a new platform war starting. The discussion started with the question of “How do [...]

September 2014 – One of the keynotes was on the topic of transmedia licensing which was titled Hollywood IP: From the big screen to mobile devices. The panel featured Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities as the moderator and Peter Levin of Lionsgate along with Chris Petrovic of Kabam. Lionsgate is fresh off an acquisition of [...]

September 2014 – At the Games Beat 2014 event, the exhibit area was not filled with gaming companies and designers; rather it featured the monetization partners for mobile, social and casual game developers. The shift to mobile platforms for casual and social games has made the Free 2 Play (F2P) model with in-game purchase the [...]

October 1, 2014, Atmel, Santa Clara, CA—Laurence Barberis from Atmel introduced the latest SAMA5 ARM Cortex-A5-based microcomputer family. This new set of chips adds a floating point unit and other functions to the A5 family to extend the family and offer increased features and performance. Part of the new releases are geared for low power [...]

September 2014 – During IDF 2014, AMD had offsite briefings to highlight their new professional series processors. Based on the Kaveri processor architecture with mixed CPUs and GPUs on a single chip, the Pro-A Series processors are delivering performance and reliability. The consumer marketplace has traditionally seen the AMD products in either low end cost [...]

September 16, 2014, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Jose, CA—Jan Westra from Broadcom described their efforts in making a multi-channel 10Gbase-T chip. The alternative of copper over short distances can easily supplement the optical fiber for the rest of the 10G Ethernet network in the datacenter. One problem with copper is that the wire bundles [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Renesas Showed off their latest USB functions with a pair of chips that enable the USB 3.0 power delivery function. They also showed some production samples of the new type-c connector for the power delivery. The power deliver controller (uPD720250) supports up to 100W (5A at 20V) power [...]

September 2014 – IK Multimedia released their product the iRig Pads to the marketplace today. The product is a complete portable MIDI groove controller that works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices as well as Mac and PC. It is targeted at the mobile electronic music producers and allows them to make beats, [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—The USB promoter group described their efforts on new specification implementations. Now a single cable can deliver high bandwidth and power through a single cable. A new unpolarized connector is smaller than the past type-A connectors and more robust than the mini-connectors currently in phones and mobile devices. [...]