03 Aug RESEARCH PAPER: Active Alignment Will Be Critical For Future Optical Systems Manufacturing

New usage models and applications for technology products, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, created a need for computers to “see” the outside, physical world. We refer to this as “computer vision”. As these usage models and markets evolve, higher quality imaging systems are needed to enable better optical performance. Consumer expectations for thinner […]

17 Jul E3 2017 Key Analyst Takeaways: All About New Platforms

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E3 is one of the world’s biggest gaming shows and arguably the one with the most fanfare and attention from industry watchers. All the biggest game publishers make their biggest announcements of the year at E3, and many of their developer and hardware partners do as well. So naturally, E3 is a generally important show […]

14 Jul Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

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As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service […]

11 Jul Microsoft Surface Pro One Week Review: Making A Good Experience Even Better

The Microsoft Surface Pro has been the pride and glory of the Surface line and has gone through the most revisions of all the Surface products Microsoft has launched. I have actually used every single version of Surface, so I have some history.  Microsoft effectively created the Windows detachable 2-in-1 category with the success of […]

08 Jul Surface Laptop Two Week Review: Microsoft’s Stunning First Notebook Great For Today’s Use Cases

In May, Microsoft announced their very first ‘conventional’ laptop, the Surface Laptop. This laptop was one of the most recent Surface products Microsoft launched as part of the Surface line and the most conventional in terms of form factor. All the previous Surface devices were more unique in form or function that helped set apart […]

05 Jul Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

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Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless […]

27 Jun Qualcomm’s New Fingerprint Sensors Go Through Metal, Glass And Displays

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  With the trend towards shrinking bezels and more sleek phone designs, some challenges have arisen when trying to keep phones sleek and still secure. Because of the overall size of smartphone batteries and the shrinking bezels, it has becoming increasingly difficult to find a place to put a fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensors have become […]

21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: SPEC CPU 2017 & Changing Performance

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Benchmarks help determine the relative performance of different platforms, neutralizing technical differences so IT can better ascertain the actual workload impact. The SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark has helped IT generate a relative performance baseline for CPUs across different platforms for over ten years. But being more than a decade old means the benchmark no longer […]

21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: AMD EPYC Brings New RAS Capability

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With each new enterprise platform transition, the reliance on technology increases. Today, businesses are looking to strategies like digital transformation to reshape their operations, but these new approaches to business will put more stress and reliance on servers. By digitizing, instrumenting, and capturing untold amounts of data, businesses can get a better handle on their […]

21 Jun Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will

Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. To badly misquote one of my favorite superheroes, “With great speed comes great performance.” Thus 5G has […]

20 Jun China Is Driving To 5G And IoT Through Global Collaboration

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(Photo credit: John Fruehe, Moor Insights & Strategy) Telecoms and cloud service providers are gearing up for two of the largest functional changes in decades: The Internet of Things (IoT) which is happening now and 5G which is on the horizon. Both will require substantial investments in capital and operations for today’s networks to be […]

19 Jun Dell EMC And VMware Driving Potential Inflection Point In VDI Adoption

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Tucked appropriately but perhaps too quietly into the set of a Dell EMC and VMware announcements at Dell EMC World was an example of synergy from the Dell EMC acquisition and tighter product collaboration occurring with VMware: Dell EMC VDI Complete. We noted it in our event coverage but want to elaborate on an offering […]

15 Jun RESEARCH BRIEF: Is VDI Ready for Broader Adoption?

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has lagged versus early expectations of broad adoption for almost a decade due to lack of predictability of costs, performance issues, and complexity from deployment to support have gated broader enterprise adoption. It was only a matter of time until a single vendor could consolidate a full end-to-end offer addressing these […]

14 Jun Apple’s Plan To Dominate Silicon

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Before creating my industry analyst and research company, I was fortunate enough to spend over a decade as an executive in semiconductors at Advanced Micro Devices and nearly another decade as a PC and server OEM at Compaq (purchased by HP), AT&T GIS and NCR (purchased then spun out by AT&T). I’ve met with some […]

13 Jun Verizon Closes Yahoo, Many Changes Ahead For Its Consolidated Media Services Subsidiary

Verizon Communications  announced today that it closed its acquisition of Yahoo for nearly $4.5B. It also closed the door on Marissa Mayer as she departs from the beleaguered internet company that she led since mid-2012. Two storied brands come together With the addition of Yahoo, Verizon is planning to consolidate its other holding of AOL […]

08 Jun Could Sprint Be The Comeback Kid?

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I have to admit, Paul the bespeckled “can you hear me now” guy always annoyed me when he hawked the Verizon service years ago on television. Now as the world all knows he’s moved to Sprint, as well as the actual actor I recently learned. I had the opportunity to learn more about Paul and […]

07 Jun IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

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VR is not dead. VR is not dying. VR is very much alive according to IDC’s numbers. Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the […]

05 Jun Computex 2017: High-Performance PCs Steal The Show

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In previous years, Computex has suffered from a sort of identity crisis. This has been because many of Taiwan’s biggest computer and semiconductor companies have been overlooked as the growth and interest of smartphones has overtaken PCs. With the PC market having levelled off and the smartphone market having levelled off as well, a new […]

31 May What Does It Mean That Windows On Qualcomm Gets Support From ASUS, Lenovo And HP?

The personal computer has been evolving ever since the recent punch in the gut from smartphones and tablets. Since then, the bottom has literally fallen out of tablets, smartphones are flat, and exciting growth segments within the PC sector keep humming, albeit the market is at a much lower level. Consumer electronics players like Samsung, Huawei, […]

31 May It’s A 5G Land Of Confusion: AT&T And Verizon Muddy The Waters

5G, or Fifth Generation, is the next iteration of wireless telecommunications promising to deliver unbelievable speed to your mobile phone or connected device as well as support more devices, improve reliability, and deliver longer battery life. Published in March of this year, the new 5G Radio standard was set by the governing body 3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership […]