The Bumpy Road To 5G

5G is coming, but not everywhere, not all at once, and not the fastest version of this technology right away. In fact, the probable scenario is that 5G will be rolled out first in densely populated urban areas, starting in 2020 or 2021, with increasingly widespread adoption over the next decade after that. But 5G is unlikely to ever completely replace 4G LTE, just as a smart phone today roll... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT

Investment The city of Dresden, Germany, is touting its prospects as a tech hub in the “Silicon Saxony” ecosystem, particularly for Internet of Things technology. Bosch, the German Aerospace Center, GlobalFoundries, Infineon Technologies, and other organizations are planning to invest about €4.5 billion (approximately $5.3 billion) over several years to develop processors, sensors, and 5... » read more

Experts At The Table: Process Technology Challenges

By Mark LaPedus Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design sat down to discuss future transistor, process and manufacturing challenges with Subramani Kengeri, vice president of advanced technology architecture at GlobalFoundries; Carlos Mazure, chief technical officer at Soitec; Raj Jammy, senior vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor Group at Intermolecular; and Girish Dixit, v... » read more

Lessons Learned In 4G LTE

By Ann Steffora Mutschler While 4G LTE has moved into the mainstream, there are lessons to be learned about these very complex modems, especially from the perspective of balancing power and performance. The road to mainstream wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. “4G LTE initially got a bad rap for battery life, for power consumption,” said Pete Hardee, low-power design solution marketin... » read more

A Low-Power Riddle

By Cary Chin I’m thinking of a mobile electronic device, introduced in 2012, at the high end of its market segment, eventually to be named “Product of the Year” for 2012. But it wasn’t introduced without the usual flurry of energy-efficiency related problems, with initial complaints such as, “the product worked well, but the battery drained way too fast, even when it was turned off!... » read more

iPhone 5 – Verizon has a hit!

By Cary Chin My iPhone 5 was delivered to my door as promised on Sept. 21. The UPS guy had a truck full of them, and seemed quite happy to be getting so much attention as he was making his rounds. As with every other iPhone, I carefully unboxed it with some anticipation, but somehow I felt like there was less excitement this time around. After 5 years of iPhone mania, was the luster starti... » read more