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Bytesize 0x14 (2015).

This is what caught my eye this week.

  1. Why 8 CPU cores in smartphones are a bad idea – an auto industry lesson by Patrick Moorhead, Forbes – TL;DR? Putting 8 cores in a mobile chip is like having 5 blades on a razor. You can also read the rebuttal from Gary Sims (he also makes a few good points) here.
  2. Moore’s Law milestones by David Lammer, IEEE Spectrum – How is this still a thing and why am I bringing it up? Don’t look at me, ask Murphy. Or maybe David Kanter.
  3. Semi IP licensing growth slows, vendor ranking stabilizes by Peter Clarke, EE Times Europe – Synopsys ships 1.3 billion ARC processors every year and Cadence bought Tensilica. Fun times to be in silicon IP!
  4. China’s smartphone market reaching saturation as Apple takes top spot by Gary Sims, Android Authority – Apple steals the headline (naturally) and the article focuses mostly on Xiaomi; have a look at the (lack of) YoY growth for everyone else though. It’s a different world out there.
  5. Meet CHIP the world’s first $9 computer that could give Raspberry Pi a run for its money by Rob Williams, Hot Hardware – It’s not a long way to the bottom if you want to rock n’ roll. Allwinner was in the news at MWC 2015 for announcing a 64-bit processor worth $5. Don’t be fooled by the price though, the company builds solid platforms; we’ve used Allwinner-based tablets for GPU driver work and they are good development platforms. 
  6. prpl Foundation strengthens board with new members from Broadcom, Lantiq, Qualcomm [press release] – Art has been doing amazing work since taking the reins of the prpl Foundation. After creating a solid Security PEG two months ago, he has now built a strong board that is ready to take the foundation forward .
  7. IoT under threat, says Semico Research [media alert] – “While there is no 100 percent guarantee, a hardware solution is more difficult to crack than a software solution,” says Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology at Semico Research. I never miss a report from Tony Massimini, he always tells it like it is.
  8. Ford CEO: we won’t take a back seat to Google and Apple by Ina Fried, Re/code – If you thought it was hard to run an automotive company when the financial crisis hit a few years ago, think again. I’ve always had a soft spot for Ford so I hope they continue to succeed. However, two words: Tesla Motors.