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Is Google disrupting or stabilizing mobile SoCs?

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 18th 2015 | Discuss

Fragmentation threatens market expansion Google representatives recently spoke with several SoC builders about developing chips based on Google’s designs. It is part of a push by the company to bring uniformity to what they fear is a fragmented universe of Android phones.  What would this mean for

Are autonomous vehicles the next frontier for the SoC?

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 9th 2015 | Discuss

New platforms, new requirements, and rules will challenge the suppliers Do you have a GPU in your boat? Your car? Your airplane, tractor, or your motorcycle? Maybe not today, but developments in all those categories are underway. Automobiles, such as the Nvidia powered Tesla S have captured the industry&rsquo

The IP companies creep toward an SoC

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 21st 2015 | Discuss

To build a truly heterogeneous SoC, you need at least four processors The announcement of ViriSilicon’s acquisition of Vivante heats up the IP space, and puts pressure on Synopsys (which recently acquire Virlogic, which previously acquired ARC) to get a GPU, and ViriSilicon to get a CPU, so


Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 21st 2015 | Discuss

Welcome to Q3. The last quarter seemed to a high point for irrational exuberance and experimentation. It was a quarter when everyone seemed to be looking for new business, any kind of new business. Companies are living in a time of optimism, yet they’re also see¬ing

Will VR reverse the discrete GPU trend?

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 7th 2015 | Discuss
Tags: amd nvidia gpu intel vr

Discrete GPU shipments have been in decline for some time, as software to take advantage of their power lags and Moore’s Law let free- GPUs, those integrated GPUs that come with the processor and aren’t charged for, catch up and run three- and four-year-old apps pretty

Summer’s over

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 23rd 2015 | Discuss

Let’s start buying stuff The fed didn’t raise interest rates because the economy and inflation are flat. China’s artificially stimulated and misrepresented growth is off (even China couldn’t hide it this time). Russia is taking over everything from Ukraine to Syria, and

The brave new world of being a packet

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 9th 2015 | Discuss

Google understands packets better than any, any, company on the planet. If you have trouble with that statement, go back to the sports page or People, and skip this.  Google is developing an autonomous, cute, small, bug-like four-wheel vehicle with an electric propulsion system and a zillion computers and

How virtual is

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 25th 2015 | Discuss
Tags: vr oculus hmd

AR lets you move; VR is restricted because you can’t see the real world and so you bump into things. Sitting still in a planetarium or movie is not VR just because things are in 3D, or offer a 180-degree FOV (field of vision). To be VR it

Doom and gloom in mobile phone land

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 11th 2015 | Discuss

They’ll love you forever, until they don’t …  I remember, not too long ago, when Qualcomm was the darling of Wall Street, the prince of processors, the regal radio rogue, the king of the hill and the towers on the hill—until they weren

Fearing the small

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 28th 2015 | Discuss
Tags: nano bots computing

I was thinking about the Pluto flyby and a comment made by an older gentleman that he doubted we would see as much technological progress as he had, having seen the Wright Brothers (when he was 17) to the moon landing (when he was 84). I think the developments are just as