The M1, the first member of the Apple Silicon family focused on laptops and desktop computers, is taking the battle that has been brewing for a long time right into the enemy camp. It is poised to pull down the curtains on CPUs as we have known them. After nearly five decades — Intel 4004 … Continue reading Is it time to SoC the CPU?
As a persistent iPhone user, it is hard for me to really keep up with the latest and greatest in smartphones. A handful of writers — Dieter Bohn at The Verge, for example — are quite smart about the Android ecosystem. However, in aggregate, it is a big giant information swamp. Sometimes, I find it easier … Continue reading 7 New Smart Phone Trends
Apple’s partnership with Intel to develop a 5G iPhone was not going well, and the writing has been on the wall for some time. It didn’t surprise anyone when Apple had to eat humble pie and settle its patent disputes with Qualcomm. (Daring Fireball has a good analysis of the situation.) This has been a costly blunder — for Apple, at least. Qualcomm is expecting a $2-a-share boost in its earnings as a result of the settlement.
While a lot of digital ink has been spilled on Apple’s retreat, somewhat lost in the shuffle is Intel’s failing grade when it comes to cashing in on mobile opportunities. Soon after the arrangement with Apple fell apart, Intel announced that it was exiting the 5G mobile modem business. This move was undoubtedly related to losing their only customer of consequence. To be sure, the Cupertino Counts can be demanding customers. But without Apple’s orders, Intel can’t pay for the ever-increasing costs of a cutting-edge chip fabrication plant. Continue reading “Intel’s Mobile Problem”
All that IPO optimism—in addition to ongoing Facebook shenanigans—keep us a wee bit distracted from the dark clouds that are gathering on the horizon. Earlier this week, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported that the “worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $32.9 billion for the month of February 2019, a decrease of 7.3 percent from the January … Continue reading Chips Don’t Lie
Intel, Qualcomm, IBM and Nvidia are working tirelessly to handle the computing needs of tomorrow. Their biggest challenge is AI and it is also their biggest opportunity. Here is why! [Stacey Higginbotham]