Intel’s facial-recognition freaks out potential customers

June 8, 2012

Mine and Yinka Adegoke’s story today on Intel’s proposal to use facial-recognition technology with a virtual TV service and set-top box has raised legitimate concerns about allowing Big Brother into consumers’ living rooms.

Can’t find a socket to charge your phone? IDT’s got a solution.

March 26, 2012
IDT’s wireless recharging chips, on right, versus a rival product.

(Updates with cost details)

Teardown experts crack open Apple’s new iPad

March 15, 2012

The electronics hardware experts at iFixit find themselves again in the spotlight as they crack open the latest iPad to see what chips, display and other components make it tick. Teardowns, as they’re called, are closely followed by investors betting on which companies supply components for consumer electronics devices like Apple’s massively iPads and iPhones.

Tablets are shaking up the chip industry, even more

March 9, 2012

Tablets like Apple’s iPad are on their way to becoming a great equalizer of the semiconductor industry.

Nvidia to Apple: thanks for the backhanded compliment

March 7, 2012

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Nvidia got some free publicity from Apple today. Well, sort of.

On Wednesday, its crosstown peer flashed a slide at the new iPad’s unveiling, briefly claiming that Apple’s A5X processor packed four times the graphics punch of Nvidia’s own next-generation Tegra 3. Nvidia product spokesman Ken Brown’s phone has been ringing off the hook since.

SuVolta takes wraps off battery-friendly chip technology

December 7, 2011

Silicon Valley start-up SuVolta is giving the electronics industry a peek under the hood at its new technology that it claims will drastically boost the energy efficiency of microchips.

Micron enlists IBM to speed up memory chips

November 29, 2011

Micron has enlisted IBM to help build smart memory chips that could drastically speed up the high-performance computers and networking systems that make up the Internet.

Chipmakers most creative, drugmakers least?

November 15, 2011

Chipmakers including Intel and Qualcomm make up the world’s most innovative industry, according to a new analysis of patents by Thomson Reuters that is equally notable for some of the companies it does not include.

Nvidia’s power-efficient chips picked for supercomputer

November 14, 2011

In the latest challenge to Intel’s dominance of the PC and server industry, smaller chipmaker Nvidia is teaming up with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to develop a supercomputer that will run on energy efficient ARM processors.

Nvidia chips in with world’s most powerful computer

October 11, 2011

Nvidia, which got its start making processors for computer game enthusiasts, has won another victory for parrallel computing with the inclusion of its graphics chips in what is expected to be the world’s fastest supercomputer.