China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’

Let's be blunt: Not many serious players in the electronics industry today are sanguine about the survival chances for MIPS processors in a global mobile market where, in the last decade — almost single-handedly — ARM has built its formidable ecosystem. Against that backdrop, the industry can't help but ooze with pessimism as it regards…

See Me, Touch Me, Move Me at CES

As expected, the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., was dominated by gadgets. Touchscreens and inertial motion were key features for many devices and applications. Many of these gadgets, such as those for fitness and wellness, are intended to be used with smartphones, tablets, and PCs, usually connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or WiFi.…

What LG Display Is Doing Right

With demand for LCD panels dropping sharply and vendors such as {complink 4907|Sharp Electronics Corp.} floundering, LG Display Co. Ltd.’s (LGD) reported 126 percent revenue growth in Q2 is exceptional. So what is LG doing that other display makers aren’t? Among other moves, LGD is taking a big risk in transitioning a large portion of…

Sharp, Sony Are in the Red

{complink 4907|Sharp Electronics Corp.} and {complink 5114|Sony Corp.} posted losses for the second quarter of 2012. This contrasts with their Japanese compatriots, Panasonic and Toshiba, which reported profits for the quarter. (See: Panasonic, Toshiba Profitable; Demand Remains Weak.) Sharp reported a net loss of 138.4 billion yen ($1.76 billion) on sales of 458.6 billion yen.…

How Technology Has Ruined Music

I spend a lot of time driving my not-quite-16-year-old son around, and I hate it. It’s not the time spent in the car; it’s the fact that he insists on playing his choice of music while we drive. I’ve been trying to figure out why this sets my teeth on edge, and a talk radio…

The Ties That Bind

Conventional wisdom dictates businesses should not put all their eggs in one basket, i.e., not depend too heavily on one customer or market. But what if that one basket were {complink 379|Apple Inc.}? Fabless semiconductor maker {complink 1130|Cirrus Logic Inc.} may be facing such a dilemma. Cirrus derives almost 60 percent of its business from…

How Apple Can Use Its Power

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} has created yet another public policy stir, this time by dropping out of an environmental registry called the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). EPEAT breaks down electronics products and assigns them a green rating. Apple hasn't disclosed why it has asked EPEAT to stop rating its products. Apple's move has raised…

Toshiba to Reorganize Digital Product Facilities

TOKYO — Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will implement a series of functional reorganizations of its Digital Products business facilities in Japan that will enhance operating efficiency and the performance of its Digital Products businesses, including the LCD TV business. Outside Japan, Toshiba will accelerate the establishment of a global-level development and production system…