Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT News & Analysis 2/4/2015 Post a comment Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR News & Analysis 2/2/2015 Post a comment The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
Rambus Readies Lensless Image Sensor Platform News & Analysis 1/30/2015 4 comments Intellectual property licensor Rambus is going to provide a "platform" for the maker community and others to use to experiment with its previously announced lensless image sensors, according to CEO Ron Black.
Wi-Fi Alliance Radiates Outward News & Analysis 1/28/2015 Post a comment The Wi-Fi Alliance is one of several industry groups grappling with an explosion of connected devices. The group faces increasing challenges in complexity, performance needs, and diminishing power requirements for new and existing smart home and IoT devices.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors News & Analysis 1/27/2015 3 comments Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
Intel, Microsoft, Autodesk Creating Life News & Analysis 1/23/2015 28 comments Microbial Robotics has created microscopic robots from living viruses (ViruBots) and bacteria (BactoBots) that can clean toxins from water, hunt down and kill (only) cancer cells or perform nearly any other humanitarian environmental or therapeutic task.
$2 Waves 3D Gesture Into Any Device News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments With the wave of a hand, Microchip's GestIC controls anything -- tablet to light bulb. Microchip claims its GestIC turns any device into a 3D mid-air gesture recognizer.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
CMOSIS Considering IPO News & Analysis 1/20/2015 Post a comment CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit News & Analysis 1/12/2015 14 comments Although Broadcom's connectivity business has been excellent, the company may face stiff competition from Chinese fabless companies that are licensing connectivity IP cores. We caught up with Broadcom CEO at CES.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product News & Analysis 1/9/2015 2 comments Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
IoT: Collaborate or Else, Says Samsung CEO News & Analysis 1/6/2015 14 comments Samsung Electronics CEO BK Yoon, in his keynote at CES, made a passionate pitch to “unlock the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things,” while suggesting that the industry fall in line behind Samsung’s leadership.
Sony Chooses PNI Hub for SmartWatch News & Analysis 1/5/2015 5 comments PNI Sensor reveals its first customer is Sony for its SmartWatch 3 for its SENtral sensor hub, plus releases what it calls the world's first wearable development kit for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Bosch Awash in MEMS Combo Sensors News & Analysis 1/5/2015 Post a comment Bosch has combined its expertise in micro-electromechanical systems into a sensor that measures temperature, pressure, humidity, and indoor air quality in a 3x3x0.93 mm LGA metal lid package.
2015: Year of the Air-Quality Sensor News & Analysis 1/1/2015 11 comments Gas sensors, especially those that can sense air quality, will skyrocket in popularity starting in 2015, being led by inclusion in Chinese smartphones, according to IHS.
BASF Develops Simple 3D Sensor News & Analysis 12/31/2014 8 comments Chemicals giant BASF SE has developed a single-lens passive optical sensor that can measure distance to an object and thereby 3D position detection and 3D imaging.
MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT News & Analysis 12/22/2014 5 comments Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
Industrial IoT Framework Near News & Analysis 12/18/2014 5 comments The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
Top Robot Stories of 2014 News & Analysis 12/17/2014 6 comments Robots have fascinated us for centuries, but now we are realizing those visions. Here are some of the top robot stories that amazed and delighted us this past year.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...