Chips

ARM buys security company

ARM logoUK semiconductor design firm ARM said it bought an Israeli based company yesterday to bolster security for designs.

Sansa Security provides hardware security and software for system on a chip semiconductors used in the internet of things.

Sansa intellectual property is already embedded in over 150 million products and used in smart connected devices and enterprise systems.… Read the rest

Samsung produces 16 megapixel tiny sensor

SamsungKorean giant Samsung said that it has started mass producing a one micron CMOS image sensor that supports 16 megapixel displays for mobile phones and other devices.

Samsung claims it is the first manufacturer to bring such a sensor into production – it means that the size of the sensor is such that it’s easier to make even thinner mobile devices than we have now.… Read the rest

Intel-Micron announce 3D XPoint SCM technology

What-is-3D-XPointIntel and Micron announced their jointly developed 3D XPoint technology at an analyst meeting today in Santa Clara, California.

Rob Crooke, Senior VP & GM of the Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group, Intel Corporation and Mark Durcan, CEO Micron Technology took the stage to present the jointly developed 3D XPoint memory technology.… Read the rest

Microsoft jumps on internet of things bandwagon

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesMicrosoft, like Intel, appears to believe its future is in the internet of things (IoT).

That’s according to Richard Edwards, principle research analyst at Ovum.

He said that vendors of desktops, notebooks and tablet computers hope Windows 10 will bring back people who have endured “the Windows 8 debacle”.… Read the rest

ARM targets universities

ARM logoBritish semiconductor company ARM said it has introduced an initiative that will give universities more access to hardware, software tools and academic material as part of the a worldwide plan.

ARM said it will launch a university alliance partnership and will team with a number of Chinese technology companies to offer up to date platforms and tools.… Read the rest

Chip market continues to consolidate

Old carsAnalysts have predicted for the last couple of years that the semiconductor market would increasingly consolidate and today there’s more evidence that their assessments are correct.

ROHM, which manufactures analogue power IC semiconductors bought Powervation, another digital power IC company.

Powervation’s speciality is in digital power management integrated on single semiconducts and ROMH paid $70 million in cash for the company.… Read the rest

Watches are a security threat

Apple watchThe maker of expensive printer ink is warning that smartwatches are a huge security threat.

HP Security found that many of the most popular wearable gizmos carry major security flaws thanks to their increasing connectivity to the Internet of Things.

All the ten gizmos tested by Fortify, HP Security’s application provider, contained “significant vulnerabilities”.… Read the rest