Moore's Law breaks, NASA probe arrives at Pluto - The Wrap

IDG News Service | Jul 16, 2015

Intel is breaking Moore's Law, NASA's probe arrives at Pluto and Qualcomm is in trouble with the European Commission.

Moore's law slows down and we get up close with Pluto.

Here's your tech top 3 and what you need to know this week.

Intel plans to introduce its first 10-nanometer processors in the second half of 2017, which is about half a year behind schedule. That's the second time that Intel has broken Moore's Law from company co-founder which states that transistor counts would double every two years. CEO Brian Krzanich said that's happening about every 2 and a half years now, but that they're always striving to get back to two years.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft beamed back high resolution images of Pluto from 3 billion miles away. It took the craft almost a decade to travel that far and receiving the data was no easy task. It takes about 5 hours for the signal to reach Earth and the speed is about as fast as dial up in the early nineties. Don't expect video from the edge of the solar system anytime soon.

The European Commission has accused Qualcomm of abusing its dominant position in the market for mobile chips in phones and tablets. The commission is investigating whether Qualcomm offered financial incentives to use the chips or if the company sold chips below cost to force competitors out of the market. This is a big deal for Qualcomm because according to IDC it holds a 77 percent share of the integrated processor market.

In focus this week is Nintendo, the embattled gaming company that lost its president, Satoru Iwata to bile duct cancer. Dead at 55, Iwata served as president for 13 years and oversaw huge successes and also painful failures. Nintendo has been hit hard by the transition from console to mobile gaming. It also never had the audience of hardcore gamers that favor Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation. Iwata presided over the launch of the Nintendo DS and 3DS handhelds as well as the Wii and WiiU consoles. While the original Wii went on sale to fanfare, the Wii U was met with a much cooler reception. In 2014 the Wii U had only a 13 percent market share and IDC predicts double digit drops in growth in the coming years. Painting an even more stark contrast of the two consoles are their active users. The older Wii has 5 times as many as the newer system. In January 2014, Nintendo cut its earnings forecast to a net loss of 240 million dollars, citing disappointing sales. Four months ago Iwata announced a partnership with Tokyo-based mobile content company DeNA. The partnership will bring iconic Nintendo characters to smart devices, something Nintendo resisted up until that point. One analyst said that the shift to mobile could accelerate under new leadership. I'm Nick Barber and that's a wrap.