Black Hat USA 2014: Breaking Stuff Is Fun Blog 6/30/2014 1 comment The Black Hat conference offers system designers and embedded systems engineers a chance to pick up the latest security information, marvel at hackers' ingenuity, and learn practical tips and tactics for beating them at their own game.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?' Blog 6/27/2014 32 comments The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
Too Many IoT Standards, or Too Few? Blog 6/26/2014 10 comments Interoperability and the easy exchange of data are major concerns in the buildup of the Internet of Things. We need a set of commonly accepted standards, but which ones do we choose and how?
Fifty Years of TTL Break Points 6/25/2014 26 comments Depending on your source, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of TTL (transistor-transistor logic). Although some say 1961 is the birth year, TI released the 5400 family in 1964 and the 7400 series in plastic two years later. Since TTL is synonymous with 5400 and 7400, why not offer 50th birthday congratulations?
A Safe Level of Isolation Blog 6/25/2014 Post a comment Given the significantly increasing deployment of PoE in communication installations with power supply lines that traverse outside environments, could this mean the isolation voltage for telecom power generally increasing to 2250Vdc?
Google I/O: Pressure Is On Blog 6/25/2014 1 comment Amazon, Apple, and Samsung all made moves this month to neutralize Google. Here are four things the Internet titan should do at Google I/O this week to fight back.
Hot Chips 26 Heats Up Blog 6/25/2014 5 comments Hot Chips, where the semiconductor industry struts new stuff, focuses on the IoT, with big announcements expected from Applied Micro, Nvidia, Oracle, and interesting smaller companies.
Startups Should Think Globally Blog 6/17/2014 3 comments The technology industry is a global village with many moving parts, from engineers abroad to international operation. Startups are often
recommended to concentrate on one geographical area, but the secret sauce may be in managing and developing across multiple geographies.
Exploring the PSoC 4 Blog 6/16/2014 31 comments The PSoC architecture sits somewhere between an MCU and an FPGA. In addition to a processor core, it contains programmable analog and digital fabric.
The Quirks of Quarks Blog 6/16/2014 Post a comment Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel; these behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of "force," but not after you read this article.
World Cup Soccer: Designed to Be Dull Blog 6/16/2014 98 comments Most sports become more interesting as the skill of the players advances. The striking exception to this rule is World Cup soccer. In soccer, the higher you go, the duller it plays.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All Blog 6/13/2014 2 comments China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.