Aaron Johnson

Tessera’s DigitalOptics Signs Up Lite-On For Mems Cam Production

Tessera’s DigitalOptics subsidiary today announced that they have struck a deal with with Lite-On to produce mems|cam modules. DigitalOptics says that mems|cam increases the smartphone focus shutter speed by 7X, using 100X less power, with up to 50% increased quality compared to today’s, VCM (Voice Coil Motor)-based  focal mechanisms.  This functionality could be huge, given …

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Are The New Nexus 7 Improvements Enough to Dethrone the iPad mini?

It’s hard to believe that 13 months ago, the preferred tablet form factor was 10” and Android was literally nowhere in tablets.  Then came the first Nexus 7 at Google IO in June 2012, Kindle Fire 2 in September 2012, then the iPad mini in November 2012 changing the preferred tablet form factor to 7-8”. …

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Nvidia’s Logan Could Be A Mobile Graphics Disruptor

Today at Siggraph, the world’s largest graphics show, Nvidia provided more details on their next generation mobile graphics capabilities inside of Logan, the follow-on to Tegra 4. Logan’s graphics are based on Kepler, the graphics used in Nvidia’s PC, workstation and cloud solutions, which, given its good performance per watt, has the potential to be a disruptor …

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Time To Stop Insane Smartphone Benchmark Practices

Benchmarks are used in every market as one way to show why one company’s widget is better than another company’s widget.  Whether it’s MPG on a car, energy ratings on appliances, or a Wine Spectator rating, it’s a benchmark.  The high-tech industry loves benchmarks, too, and there is an industry full of companies and organizations that do …

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Dell’s PC Growth Strategy: In It To Win It

Last month, I attended Dell ’s annual industry analyst conference in Austin, Texas.  At the event, Dell outlined its plans for growth in end-to-end solutions incorporating hardware, software and services. Of intense interest was the plan for the PC business, which, up until last quarter, had experienced market share losses. After dissecting Jeff Clarke’s keynote speech, who is …

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