Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps Blog 7/30/2014 1 comment Google has set up three basecamps to help long-term Explorers, those new to the program, and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech.
GM's Powermat Deal Falls Short Blog 7/29/2014 6 comments General Motors will include multimode wireless charging in its 2015 Cadillacs and several other models. Adding standard wireless charging (to a luxury vehicle) is a step in the right direction, but an inductive-based system may not be as forward thinking as GM would hope.
Memory System Design Methods Blog 7/29/2014 4 comments Are you working with DDR4? Interested in NVDIMMs? Designing at 100 Gbps? Wishing you knew more about data acquisition modes? Well, here are summaries of some systems design articles regarding memory that were published across the UBM Tech network this month.
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work Blog 7/29/2014 10 comments The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
7 Insurance Issues With Your Self-Driving Car Blog 7/28/2014 49 comments People talk about the significant reduction in automotive insurance rates (if you drive a self-driving car, that is) and how it will add momentum to autonomy. Is the assumption correct? I popped the question to the insurance industry.
Think Different, Innovate by Reuse Blog 7/28/2014 9 comments It's time we slow down the fevered pace of new technology and product introductions and learn a lesson from Apple about useful products based on proven components.
Samsung's Silicon Valley Home Blog 7/25/2014 11 comments Samsung is building a 10-story complex in the heart of Silicon Valley that will be home for some of its memory and display researchers and a whole lot of ecosystem efforts.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip Blog 7/25/2014 Post a comment As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Are We Ready to Give Up Driving? Blog 7/22/2014 63 comments In a Strategy Analytics survey, 40% of Americans said they were not at all interested in fully autonomous driving. It's hard to picture those opposing gun control abdicating the freedom of turning their own steering wheel.
The Risks & Rewards of Early Tapeout Blog 7/22/2014 12 comments Verification remains a key issue in system-on-chip development. The time taken to verify a high-density SoC design to a high level of confidence can lead teams to think the unthinkable. One of these counterintuitive options is to not exhaustively verify a chip before taping out but use the resulting silicon itself as a cornerstone of the verification process.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic? Blog 7/22/2014 4 comments Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante Blog 7/22/2014 7 comments The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility Blog 7/18/2014 3 comments A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak Blog 7/17/2014 4 comments Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
Boost & Modify Square Waves Blog 7/17/2014 1 comment Build your own signal-conditioning modules to provide the amount of voltage, current, and power you need. See schematics for the circuits.
VoLTE Rises, Riding Software Blog 7/17/2014 2 comments Service providers are spending on systems for voice services again, thanks to the move to 4G LTE, but the spending comes with demand vendors embrace network virtualization.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket Blog 7/16/2014 12 comments Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Engineering Ethics Into A Robot Blog 7/16/2014 14 comments Researchers are exploring how to engineer ethics into artificially intelligent beings that would interact and help humans as socially assistive robots.
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.