Is the Mid-Range Smartphone a Compromise?

Despite the slowing growth of the smartphone market, innovation in smartphones is not dead. Display resolutions, camera image resolutions, audio quality, and graphics processing all continue to improve the user experience, but the improvements tend to be more incremental, rather than the big leaps of previous generations. In addition, features once reserved for the premium…

Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

Automobiles no longer resemble the mechanical beasts they once were. In fact, they are more similar to today’s smartphone. Cars are increasingly combining the best in transportation, communications, and entertainment systems into a single platform. The once mechanical control systems like braking and steering are now electronically controlled, the infotainment systems rival that of high-end…

Mobile Benchmarks Need Work

It's ironic that the issues that deserve the most industry cooperation tend to be the most contentious ones. Few issues have been more contentious than performance benchmarking. Slowly, we're moving in the right direction, but more work is needed. Benchmarks are widely used for evaluating anything electronic. To get the best scores, silicon and system…