Date: December 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ETFree to attendLength: Approximately one hourThe smartphone market is expected to reach 1.5B units in 2016 consuming nearly 1/3 of the IC market as smartphones become the mini mobile computers in capabilities and the central hub/gateway for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices including wearables and home monitoring devices. Since 2011 the high end smartphone application processor (AP) has advanced a logic technology node every year using 45nm technology in 2011 for the Apple A5 AP in the iPhone 4s to the introduction of 14/16nm FinFET technology in 2015 for the iPhone 6s/6s+ A9 and also the Samsung Galaxy S6. This year (2016) the Galaxy S7 still uses 14nm FinFET and the iPhone 7/7+ A10 uses 16nm FinFET, but with the announcements from both Samsung and TSMC in Oct 2016 of their production start of 10nm FinFETs, smartphone APs using 10nm FinFET technology will appear in 2017 starting with the Samsung Galaxy S8 in March and then iPhone 7s … [Read more...] about Smartphone Market Driving 7nm & 5nm Node 3-D Transistors and Stacked Devices
A Wall Street Journal report on Thursday gave Apple fans all the excuse they needed to indulge in some more speculation regarding the iPad 3 -- if that is its real name, and if whatever it is even exists. Apple's kind of tight-lipped about this stuff.At this moment in the tablet universe, it's hard to guess what kind of grand and monumental new features Apple would want to add to the iPad. It already got its cameras, and it's already pretty damn thin. I'm sure a faster processor would be appreciated, but that's pretty much a given.A faster CPU, though, might require more power, and more power could mean a bulkier battery. Is the iPad 3 going to be fatter than previous models? That would be strange -- and not necessarily in a good way.Also, there's long been talk that the next iPad will have a super high-resolution display on par with the Retina display you see in the iPhone 4 and 4S.Then there's the question of 4G. Apple disappointed some of its fans last year when it put forth an iPad … [Read more...] about PODCAST The Whens, Whats and Hows of iPad 3
Apple's Safari 3 has made its debut on Windows systems with a free public beta. There are lots of free browsers out there, some of which are really outstanding. How does Apple's latest offering stack up?Safari 3 is a very easy-to-use Web browser that loads pages much faster thanInternet Explorer. It also does not distort complex Web sites like many Internet Explorer alternatives do. Safari 3 has a sleek user interface with controls that are very intuitive.The latest version includes tabbed browsing, which allows grouping of Web pages in a single pane. If you've used the latest version of Firefox or Internet Explorer, you know that this grouping dramatically changes the way you surf the Web.Apple was kind enough to include the all-important middle click tabbing to create a new tab from a link. If your mouse has a clickable scroll wheel, you can press it while hovering the cursor over the link. Instead of taking the entire page to that link's destination, it opens the link in a new … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Surfing Fast and Loose With Safari 3 Beta
Last-minute panic drove millions of taxpayers onto the Web this year, driving traffic to several sites that process tax returns. And despite the massive spike in visitor numbers, top sites performed well, delivering pages in a timely fashion and staying available almost around the clock."It appears everyone was very well prepared," said John Lovett, a senior performance analyst at Gomez, Inc., which tracked a group of top tax sites in the two weeks leading up to April 15th and again during crunch-time on the 15th. "There were no dramatic failures and no significant outages."In fact, across the industry, average response time during the pre-deadline period was 2.86 seconds, and sites were available 99.8 percent of the time, according to the Gomez data.On the 15th, response time actually improved, with tax sites averaging 1.95 seconds. Availability slipped to 99.2 percent, but Lovett told the E-Commerce Times that this drop was attributable in part to last-minute maintenance performed by … [Read more...] about E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT How Online Tax Sites Stacked Up in 2003
Elon Musk has a talent for unleashing bombshell surprises, and he definitely topped himself with the unexpected reveal of the second-generation Tesla Roadster during the unveiling of the Tesla Semi truck. Musk promised not only the revival of Tesla’s first production model, but threw out some performance figures that got everyone talking.The original Tesla Roadster, which went out of production in 2012, was a sports car based on the Lotus Elise. But the acceleration figures announced by Musk bring the new Roadster well into supercar territory, and a massive battery pack could push the boundaries of electric-car range as well. How insane is the new Tesla Roadster? We’ll break it down for you.AccelerationMusk said the new Tesla Roadster will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and run the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. He also hinted at a top speed of around 250 mph. If Tesla can achieve that performance with a production model, the Roadster … [Read more...] about How does the new Tesla Roadster stack up against today’s supercars?