Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar

Enlarge (credit: Ouster) Dozens of startups are working on lidar, a type of laser sensor that many experts see as essential for fully self-driving cars. In my view, one of the most interesting companies is called Ouster. I first wrote about Ouster back in May, when I explained how it was bucking an industry trend […]

Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon) BROOKLYN—Apple’s new iPad Pro sports several new features of note, including the most dramatic aesthetic redesign in years, Face ID, new Pencil features, and the very welcome move to USB-C. But the star of the show is the new A12X system on a chip (SoC). […]

Musk Claims Tesla’s New Autopilot Chip Is Only Six Months Away

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says a new chip aimed at improving its vehicles’ Autopilot features will be available in about six months. However, if you’re hoping the automaker is preparing to light some candles and knock its vehicles up with legitimate self-driving technology, you’ll need to keep on wishing. During a string of tweets on […]

TSMC reportedly wins exclusive Apple A13 chip deal through 2019

Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC won all of Apple’s 2018 chip orders for the A12 Bionic processors used in the latest iPhones and upcoming iPads; now Digitimes says that TSMC has won a 2019 exclusive on Apple’s A13 chips, as well. Today’s news won’t come as a huge surprise to industry watchers for a couple of […]

Homeland Security has ‘no reason to doubt’ China spy chip refutals

Amazon and Apple have an unusual ally in their attempt to shoot down Bloomberg‘s claims of Chinese hardware surveillance: the US Department of Homeland Security. The agency joined the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre in saying it had “no reason to doubt” refutals at the moment. Supply chain protection is “core” to Homeland Security’s mission, […]

Bloomberg stands by Chinese chip story as Apple, Amazon ratchet up denials

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new Apple headquarters during a media event in Cupertino, California, on September 12, 2017. (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) On Thursday morning, Bloomberg published a bombshell story claiming that the Chinese government had used tiny microchips to infiltrate the data centers of Apple and Amazon. Apple and […]

Ryder Cup SHOT OF THE DAY: Watch Rory McIlroy’s amazing chip as Europe stun USA

McIlroy was hurting after losing his fourballs match in the first round at Le Golf National on Friday. He went out alongside Henrik Stenson to atone for his early defeat after lunch in the foursomes. And the Northern Irishman did just that, beating Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson alongside Ian Poulter. But the biggest moment […]

Apple stole Qualcomm chip secrets and gave them to Intel, Qualcomm claims

Enlarge / The iPhone XS and XS Max. (credit: Apple) Qualcomm has accused Apple of stealing modem-chip designs and giving them to Intel in order to help Intel make cellular chips that could be used in iPhones at lower prices than those charged by Qualcomm. “Apple has engaged in a years-long campaign of false promises, […]