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The rise of MediaTek and MStar in digital TV and set-top chips over the last several years has rocked the global consumer chip industry. When the DTV SoC business cratered last year, some high-profile IC providers fled the segment, presumably concluding that chasing the two Taiwan-based competitors’ doggedly downward pricing model was no longer worth the effort. We take a look at the companies that might stay and fight.
There’s an unprecedented variety of mobile application processors competing for sockets in next-generation smartphones and tablets, giving OEMs and software developers plenty of targets to choose from. But they’ll have to watch out for some tricky technical twists and turns along the way.
Imagination Technologies says it is getting a handle on how space- and power-constrained mobile systems will leverage heterogeneous multicore processing. The U.K. IP licensor calls its approach "GPU compute".
Crunching the numbers and discerning trends on varied segments of the global electronics industry
The chip industry’s balance of supply and demand should begin to realign as the year progresses. Indeed, 2012 will end up being slightly better than was previously expected, thanks to an ever-increasing reliance on outside foundries for production, particularly for high-volume, high-margin ICs used in tablets and smartphones.
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