Rick Merritt
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Wearables need optimized SoCs
Rick Merritt  
7/27/2016   Post a comment
ASML Reports Progress on EUV
Rick Merritt  
7/26/2016   Post a comment
IEDM Explores Silicon Horizon
Rick Merritt  
7/22/2016   Post a comment
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
Rick Merritt  
7/21/2016   Post a comment
Double digit PC decline, 3D NAND ramp starts
5G, Cellular IoT Step Ahead
Rick Merritt  
6/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm is showing a prototype 5G base station and terminal in China Mobile’s booth at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai this week.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
Rick Merritt  
6/13/2016   Post a comment
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
Google’s Daydream is Silicon Reality
Rick Merritt  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
A Qualcomm graphics expert gave insight into work on mobile virtual reality in Android that is about to emerge from the lab.
Graphics Rivals in Epic Battle
Rick Merritt  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia go head-to-head this year in a rare battle of new GPUs, memory types and processes, says a veteran scorekeeper.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
Rick Merritt  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
Rick Merritt  
5/3/2016   Post a comment
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
The Day After the iPhone Fell
Rick Merritt  
4/27/2016   Post a comment
Apple’s iPhone slump marks a new day for a semiconductor industry searching for a driver.
Intel Cuts 12,000, 11% of Staff
Rick Merritt  
4/20/2016   (1) comment
Intel Corp. officially cut its PC business loose today announcing a cut of 12,000 employees, 11% of its staff amid a sequential decline in quarterly revenues and profits.
Set-Top Debate: The Next Episode
Rick Merritt  
4/19/2016   Post a comment
The latest round of the great set-top box debate is well underway, but it’s unclear who will win this longstanding battle among tech giants.
5G Work Starts in Earnest
Rick Merritt  
4/13/2016   Post a comment
This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
Intel Mobile Chief’s Hard Monday
Rick Merritt  
4/5/2016   Post a comment
You think you had a hard Monday? Consider the case of Aicha Evans.
U.S Withdraws Apple Case
Rick Merritt  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. has withdrawn it's case forcing Apple to crack a terrorist's iPhone, but the debate of privacy vs. law enforcement continues.
Brussels & What’s Really Important
Rick Merritt  
3/23/2016   Post a comment
Events like the attacks in Brussels soften my heart and remind me what’s really important.
Apple-FBI a Poor Test Case
Rick Merritt  
3/7/2016   Post a comment
The Apple v. FBI dispute begs the right question but the high profile court case it has spawned is not the right forum for a thoughtful response.
Apple, FBI Talks Need Engineers
Rick Merritt  
2/25/2016   Post a comment
A panel of experts need to study and report to the public on the legal and technical alternatives in security and privacy, and engineers need a seat at that table.
IoT Networks Expand at MWC
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2/24/2016   Post a comment
Ingenu, LoRa and Sigfox announced new partners at the Mobile World Congress as the low-power wide area networks vie with cellular to connect the Internet of Things.
19 Views of ISSCC
Rick Merritt  
2/9/2016   (1) comment
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
Rick Merritt  
1/27/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
8 Predictions for 2016
Rick Merritt  
1/4/2016   (2) comments
It’s been a long, busy year and my crystal ball is flashing me warnings that its battery is almost spent, so take these few blurry visions for what they’re worth.
VR Ride Pumped Me Up
Rick Merritt  
12/18/2015   Post a comment
A drive, ride and fly through virtual reality courtesy of a new peripheral from startup Virzoom reaffirms that VR world will someday be vast.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles
Rick Merritt  
12/2/2015   Post a comment
More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
IoT Meets 40,000 Streetlights
Rick Merritt  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
5G Challenges Call for Startups
Rick Merritt  
11/18/2015   Post a comment
A pioneer of MIMO antenna technology gave his opinions on the challenges developing a 5G cellular standard and called for startups to attack them.
Printed Electronics Make a Mark
Rick Merritt  
11/9/2015   Post a comment
A handful of companies will show new kinds of products using printed electronics at an annual Silicon Valley event on the sector.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm
Rick Merritt  
11/5/2015   Post a comment
Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
HP Inc. CTO: To the PC and Beyond
Rick Merritt  
11/4/2015   Post a comment
The CTO of the new HP Inc. shares his vision for the future of PCs and new computing markets in the Internet of Things, 3-D printing and wearables.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map
Rick Merritt  
11/2/2015   (1) comment
Cellular vendors will cancel plans for LTE Category 0 chips, focusing instead on Category M in their race against rivals to provide low cost and low power links for the Internet of Things.
Medtech Event Debuts New Projects
Rick Merritt  
10/12/2015   Post a comment
The annual Body Computing Conference will discuss work on injectable sensors, virtual clinics and crowd-sourced health research, said Leslie Saxon.
Samsung Opens Silicon Valley Home
Rick Merritt  
9/28/2015   Post a comment
Samsung’s new San Jose office towers over its sprawling Silicon Valley neighbors.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
Rick Merritt  
9/22/2015   Post a comment
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Intel’s Krzanich: CEO Q&A at IDF
Rick Merritt  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
Intel’s chief executive shares his thoughts on topics ranging from Moore’s Law, EUV, China, 3D XPoint and his effects to expand beyond the PC.
Wearables a Strange Fit, Says CEA
Rick Merritt  
8/13/2015   Post a comment
Wearables represent a fast growing but highly diverse and fragmented market where winners and losers are hard to call, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
IoT Net Gets New Leader
Rick Merritt  
7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
Rick Merritt  
7/16/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
Rick Merritt  
6/25/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet
Rick Merritt  
6/23/2015   Post a comment
A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
IoT Gets Sane Forecast at Event
Rick Merritt  
6/4/2015   (1) comment
At his first ever IoT event, Linley Gwennap will roll out a grounded forecast for the Internet of Things and thoughts on the chip technology behind it.
Intel/Qualcomm: The Last Big Move
Rick Merritt  
6/2/2015   Post a comment
In the chip game, two big dominoes are waiting to fall.
IoT Security Groundswell Gathers
Rick Merritt  
5/28/2015   Post a comment
After plenty of talk, a wave of real action aimed at solving the Internet of Things's security problems is on the rise.
Apple Watch Lacks Pulse, Says Startup
Rick Merritt  
5/21/2015   (1) comment
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
Rick Merritt  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Rick Merritt  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from IoT to policy.
Moore’s Law @50 in the News
Rick Merritt  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
Here’s a sampler of some of the best of the reports that marked the official anniversary of Moore’s Law on Sunday, April 19.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/19/2015   Post a comment
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
Rick Merritt  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
Robots Assemble in Silicon Valley
Rick Merritt  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
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