MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers Blog 2/25/2014 22 comments The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
Roundup: Next-Generation Memory Blog 2/25/2014 4 comments There are a number of next generation memory technologies on the horizon. Here’s a few that merit watching in the next year, including several DRAM alternatives.
Qualcomm, Allwinner & MediaTek All Go Octa Blog 2/24/2014 7 comments If there was any doubt about the potential for octa-core ARM-based processors, the flurry of announcements at MWC puts it to rest. Allwinner, MediaTek, and Qualcomm all announce 8-core SoCs for mobile devices. The new devices join octa-core solutions already available from MediaTek and Samsung.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC Blog 2/24/2014 10 comments Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Wearable Patent Battles Ahead Blog 2/24/2014 3 comments The rapid rise of wearable computing products will likely spawn another round of patent battles, many of them fought at the International Trade Commission
What’s Happening at SPIE? Blog 2/20/2014 Post a comment As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz Blog 2/20/2014 4 comments 5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
5 Game-Changers at MWC 2014 Blog 2/19/2014 17 comments Beyond Nokia's first Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and Sony's renewed mobile push, I see five big trends destined to change the nature of the Mobile World Congress and the electronics industry at large.
Tech-Based Firm Makes Fun of Engineers -- Not Cool Blog 2/18/2014 6 comments InVisage Technologies Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company developing a quantum-dot-based film material to enable more efficient light capture in image sensors. So why would it make a video that derides the communications skills of engineers?
Warning: This Is Not a Toy Blog 2/17/2014 7 comments Inspired by the same technology NI has provided to industry customers for years, NI myRIO equips today's students with the tools of their future careers.
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.