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As power consumption has become one of the most important metrics of CPU design, we’ve seen a variety of methods proposed for lowering CPU TDP. Intel makes extensive use of dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, ARM has big.Little, and multiple companies are researching topics like near threshold voltage (NTV) scaling as well as variable precision for CPU and GPU operations. Now, one small embedded company, Ambiq Micro, is claiming to have made a breakthrough in CPU design by building a chip designed for subthreshold voltage operation — with dramatic results.
Ambiq’s new design strategy could be critical to the long-term evolution of the wearables market, the Internet of Things, and for embedded computing designs in general — if the company’s technology approach can scale to address to a wide range of products
If you follow the mobile computing scene, you’re probably well aware that NFC — near field communication— is meant to be the next big thing. In fact, NFC and its sister RFID have been the next big thing for years — but for some reason, they’ve just never taken off. A group of Korean scientists think they’ve finally cracked it, though: The lack of adoption is all down to price, and to rectify that they’ve discovered a way of producing really cheap RFID tags using a roll-to-roll printer.
In the last year, huge strides have been made towards printed computer chips. These chips are flexible, much cheaper to produce than their carved-from-a-silicon-wafer cousins, and one of the most important steps towards ubiquitous, wearable computing. The main difficulty of producing these printed devices is turning materials — such as silver, gold, and aluminium — into inks that can be printed (and dried/cured) using existing infrastructure.
David Cardinal: Tablets are the future
Tablets are cool. They’re fun, portable, have long-lived batteries, and are increasingly useful. The immediacy of a touchscreen you can hold in your hand, coupled with a screen large enough to read a magazine make them the most exciting development in computers since the laptop. Currently the iPad is all the rage for tablets, even among those who already own an iPhone. Alan Kay — inventor of the Dynabook, the iPad’s 1968 virtual ancestor — explained why when he commented to Steve Jobs about the iPhone, “Make the screen at least 5″ x 8″ and you will rule the world.”
Smartphones, with their small screens, aren’t going to replace the trillion pages of books, notebooks, newspapers and magazines that the world has been consuming for the last 500 years. The tablet will. Already kids are feeling shortchanged when their books don’t come to life the way their electronic devices do.
For all their appeal, tablets have one life-threatening drawback. It is just plain hard to create content on them. They do have a huge advantage over smartphones, with the larger screens making possible a facsimile of a true keyboard — and more than one published author has written a book entirely on a tablet — but compared to a full-size keyboard they fall way short, if you are a touch typist at least. It is no wonder Apple plowed a few hundred million into Siri.
When Lee Kun Hee Chairman Of Samsung ( KRX:005930 ) made that statement, he was not trying frighten or create panic among his shareholders or workers. He was speaking the truth. A couple of years back HTC was the number one Smartphone company for North America, with its devices selling like hot-breads, but today the company is no where to be found even among the top 10 Smartphone makers. Lee has read the market and market history correctly. Riding the bandwagon of Android based OS, Samsung rose to become the 2nd largest Smartphone maker after Apple. Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 phablets drove the sales and revenue figures this year. But as Lee pointed out, the picture could change any minute.
The reason for this worry is that most of Samsung’s revenue margin comes from its Smartphones. If it were not for the Smartphones Samsung could have posted bad results.
Below is a graph from Asymco’s Horace Dediu showing the increasing percentage of Telecom divisions in its profit margins.
Its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series have made Samsung the leading player in the global Smartphone market and is able to challenge bigwigs like Apple. But if profits start declining one fine day, Samsung will turn back into a component supplier.
Samsung wants to avoid such a scenario and this the reason why it is trying to find out the next big thing, so that it can keep its dominant position in the market intact. One area in which Samsung sees high possibility of growth before it becomes crowded is that of Wearable technology. That is the reason why it is trying to enter the market of Wearable technology in a big way and Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is only the start of things to come.
Starting with Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung is trying to evolve itself into more of a lifestyle brand from just being an Electronics brand. In the words of Dennis Miloseski, head of studio for Samsung Design America, Samsung is trying to make products which would become part of people, their style statements.
“You have to look at the tastes that individuals have. It is something that is visible on your body and it is a part of you.”
– Dennis Miloseski, head of studio for Samsung Design America
Wearable technology is still in its infancy and it may still take time for the market to boom and start driving revenue in the balance sheets for the companies. Meanwhile, Samsung is trying to place bets on the growing phablet market. Company is planning to launch more tablets with bigger displays and also launch more phablets. Galaxy NotePro 12.2 and Galaxy TabPro 12.2 showcased at CES 2014, were glimpses of things to come.
It appears that Samsung is trying to achieve the same thing in the phablet/tablet market as it has achieved in the Smartphone market. Samsung is planning to bring out more phablets with 5-6 inch screen sizes as part of this strategy. It is planning to dump multiple devices fitting different requirement and budgets. This means that whatever requirement a user has, there is always a Samsung device to choose from.
Samsung as of now is comfortably placed in the Smartphone market, but having seen the decline of some of the big names in the recent past, it is getting nervous. But this nervousness is good for the company and may one day be the reason for its success.
Seoul-based Samsung said Monday that the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years as well as existing patents. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Allen Lo, a deputy general counsel at Google, said in a statement that the deal allows the two to reduce the potential for litigation and to focus on innovation.
Samsung said it also paves the way for deeper collaboration on research and development for Samsung and Google. The two already collaborate on smartphones and televisions.
The announcement means there will be a higher possibility for Samsung to participate in Google’s key projects as a hardware partner, said Chung Chang-won, an analyst at Nomura Financial Investment.
Chung picked wearable PCs, which connect everyday objects such as glasses to wireless networks, and Google’s self-driving cars as the products that Samsung could join forces on with Google.
Samsung is the world’s largest maker of popular consumer electronics such as smartphones and televisions, and key tech components such as memory chips for mobile phones and PCs.
Google, the world’s largest search company and maker of the most used mobile operating system, Android, has been moving to acquire hardware manufacturers such as Motorola Mobility and Nest Labs.
Tech companies often use litigation to stop rivals from using patents without permission but many of the disputes end in cross-licensing agreements outside court.
Samsung, maker of Android-powered Galaxy devices, is in legal fights with Apple. CEOs of Samsung and Apple are scheduled to meet next month to give a try at settlement per US court’s request.
According to Bloomberg, despite an endless barrage of commercials, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch hasn’t been a big hit for Samsung Electronics. But the South Korean company has high hopes for a new app that lets BMW owners monitor their beloved cars’ vital signs on their wristwatches.
Samsung introduced the BMW app for the Gear last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show. You couldn’t miss it. Among the televisions, cameras, tablets and dishwashers in Samsung’s largest-ever booth inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, a BMW i3 electric car was stationed in one corner.
Samsung’s Smartwatch will be one of hot wearable devices to be discussed at Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).
Wearable Technologies Forum Goes Global in 2014, with Conferences in New York City, San Francisco, London, Seoul and Munich
An impressive lineup of experts ready themselves to engage with hundreds of business and technology enthusiasts at Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014 (http://www.wearable-computing-conference.com), “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion”, forums to be held throughout 2014 in New York City (January 30), San Francisco (March 18), London (May 29), Seoul (September 25) and Munich (November 20).
The future is here, with the production of a new generation of technologies such as Google Glass, Apple “iWatch” and Samsung Galaxy Gear, among others, that will allow users to interact with computing devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. The introduction of smart watches and glasses bring upon economic, social and personal effects that will revolutionize the human experience.
The use of technology has greatly expanded out of the workplace into users’ daily lives. Now the integration of human experience and wearable computing will allow users to enhance each experience. This new wave of technologies will ignite an explosion of innovation which will be the key to advancement for mankind.
Now we are at an inflexion point in the advancement of the adoption of wearable computing. To expand the market for wearable technologies, it is necessary for developers and manufacturers to lead the world to show how the usage of these technologies can revolutionize every aspect of the human experience.
Golden Networking‘s Wearable Computing Conference 2014, “How Wearable Technologies are Revolutionizing Mobile Wireless Internet, Healthcare and Fashion,” will examine wearable technologies’ functions, application, the competition and possibilities for economic and personal growth.
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