Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit News & Analysis 3/31/2014 11 comments Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Tesla Model S Batteries Cleared by NHTSA News & Analysis 3/31/2014 2 comments In a report, the US NHTSA found that road debris likely caused issues with the cars’ batteries. The problems, according to the report, did not originate in the batteries themselves.
IoT Sprinkler Taps the Cloud News & Analysis 3/31/2014 7 comments Droplet launched an automated sprinkler system that uses cloud services to calibrate watering needs, shaving utility bills and saving water.
2013: a Tough Year for MedTech? News & Analysis 3/28/2014 2 comments When it comes to medtech, 2013 proved to be a tough year, with merger-and-acquisition activity down from the previous year. Could the Affordable Care Act have attributed to some of that downturn?
S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist News & Analysis 3/28/2014 1 comment The Irish firm, which has mostly stuck to its role as a supplier of design services and IP, is looking to sell its own ICs soon. The first product is likely to be a high-speed digital-to-analog converter.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap? News & Analysis 3/27/2014 13 comments Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Industrial Internet Group Launches News & Analysis 3/27/2014 4 comments AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods News & Analysis 3/27/2014 32 comments According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking News & Analysis 3/27/2014 4 comments While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Hacking a SmartTV at EE Live! News & Analysis 3/27/2014 5 comments The zombies you watch or play in video games on your smart TV may be less scary than the abilities of hackers using the same device. Researchers from iSEC Partners will go into depth about the vulnerabilities of smart televisions at EE Live!, in a talk titled “The Outer Limits: Hacking a Smart TV.”
Intel Straps on Basis Health Band News & Analysis 3/26/2014 5 comments Intel officially a announced the purchase of San Franscisco-based smartwatch startup Basis Science. The acquisition comes as Intel attempts to push into the wearables sphere as a market leader.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed News & Analysis 3/26/2014 6 comments For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Cisco's Cloud Plan for IoT News & Analysis 3/26/2014 6 comments Cisco's $1 billion cloud investment is not about competing with Amazon, Google, or Rackspace to supply general-purpose IaaS. Cisco and its partners will offer a global chain of datacenters to serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things.
China to Blow $10B a Year on Chips News & Analysis 3/25/2014 18 comments Semiconductor business in China is abuzz about the huge chunk of money China’s central and local governments are about to plunk down on the domestic chip industry.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool News & Analysis 3/24/2014 1 comment Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain News & Analysis 3/21/2014 7 comments The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices News & Analysis 3/21/2014 3 comments In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Samsung, Microsoft Charge Up WPC News & Analysis 3/20/2014 4 comments Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft are the newest members of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Board of Directors. WPC, the industry group backing the Qi wireless charging standard.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT News & Analysis 3/20/2014 38 comments Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS? News & Analysis 3/20/2014 8 comments After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
A Snappy Approach to Low-Cost Wearable Displays News & Analysis 3/20/2014 3 comments A company in the UK is putting its own unique stamp on wearables with an early look at a wristband display that takes the idea of the smartwatch to a different level. However, the device might need NFC technology to make a difference.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times