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Archive for 2011

 

In Mobile: Be Quick or Be Dead

 

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Got (mobile SoC) Subsystem?

Sub-system definition is “a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole” (www.thefreedictionary.com/subsystem). When using the term subsystem it all depends on the context as to what system you’re referring to. For example mobile SoC interfacing with camera, requires camera sub-system to handle all of the interface from the external image sensor (camera) up to the internal processor that receives the extracted data to do other tasks such as sending to display, post process, pack, store, transmit, etc. The camera subsystem comprised therefore with physical layer that handles all high speed transmissions and signaling and protocol layer that unpacks the pixels and sends to processor. In a similar way SoC’s display sub-system takes care of grabbing the data, packing it properly, taking care of all sync signals and transmitting it out via the physical interface through the traces to the embedded display. Here’s a diagram that illustrates the building blocks for camera subsystem (in Yellow square) and display subsystem (in light blue square) on the SoC host device communicating with external image sensor and display.

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A World without PC ?

Well, not so fast but it’s a start. On Monday 6/6/11, Apple’s Steve Jobs unveiled its latest iOS 5 operating system at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. One of the more interesting features is what Apple calls “PC Free”. This feature allows you to set up your iPhone without a PC. Updates will be delivered using WiFi, no cables needed. The user sees a welcome screen, enters the ID, configures cloud services including Find my iPhone and that’s it. Here’s a video of this setup courtesy of XcodeDev:

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Interface IP challenges – Interview with Eric Esteve (Part 4)

We are back with the continued interview with Eric Esteve of IP Nest. Check previous posts for Q&A we covered earlier.

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Interface IP challenges – Interview with Eric Esteve (Part 3)

We are back with the continued interview with Eric Esteve of IP Nest. Check previous posts for Q&A we covered earlier.

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Interview with Eric Esteve (Part 2) – Interface IP challenges

We are back with the continued interview with Eric Esteve of IP Nest. Check previous post for Q&A we covered earlier.

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Interview with Eric Esteve (Part 1) – Interface IP trends

With the growth in interfaces required on processors today I wanted to get some more color from an industry veteran such as Eric Esteve of IP Nest who’s dedicating his time for market analysis mainly focused on interface IP. Eric’s latest viewpoints and reports are available at IPnest as well as on Semiwiki where you can find lots of good information about Interface IP.The interview with Eric Esteve will feature in a several-part-post over the next weeks.

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Ultrabooks, tablets and what’s under the hood

 

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MIPI M-PHY to U…SB

The semiconductor industry was waiting for consolidation of chip-to-chip interfaces but saw more interfaces being introduced in recent years. This may change with interface IP standardization for mobile electronics lead by MIPI alliance specifications.

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Process for mobile

Market fragmentation happens when tastes change or when a market segment becomes dominant and provides reasonable ROI. Fragmentation is also a sign of market maturity and need in more specialized offering and a way to differentiate vs competition. Some companies ‘invent’ new category on purpose to specialize and become a leader in a segment of the market.

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