IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments 2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 2 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.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms News & Analysis 1/21/2015 19 comments Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech News & Analysis 1/20/2015 4 comments Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 40 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.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic News & Analysis 1/15/2015 26 comments The Internet of Things could be smaller or come more slowly than anyone expects, said a McKinsey analyst, who warns of other surprising shifts from smartphones to China.
IBM Renews Mainframe With z13 News & Analysis 1/13/2015 3 comments IBM’s latest mainframe, the z13, is its first to use dual, threading, and vector processing as well as embedded 1U x86 servers for systems management.
Patents Strategy Shift Predicted News & Analysis 1/13/2015 6 comments Companies are expected to shift slowly from patent strategies based quality, not quality given a handful of new factors, an intellectual property expert says.
Google, Apple Rise in Patent Ranks News & Analysis 1/12/2015 3 comments Google entered the list of top 10 winners of US patents in 2014, trailing Qualcomm but ahead of Apple, according to a report issued by IFI Claims Patent Services.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly News & Analysis 1/12/2015 7 comments Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
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.
FCC Chairman at CES Takes Net Neutrality Pledge News & Analysis 1/8/2015 19 comments FCC Chairman said at CES, “We need to propose a rule that says there will be no blocking [of access], no throttling, no paid prioritization. We need a yardstick against which [ISPs’] performance should be measured.”
MediaTek Wins Sony as Best Friend, Guns for High End News & Analysis 1/7/2015 1 comment The MediaTek president used the CES to disclose two things: Sony is MediaTek's "most important friend" -- in a partnership that led to the world's first Android TV, and MediaTek’s unequivocal share in the global TV SoC market.
Lutron Opens to Smart Home News & Analysis 1/6/2015 5 comments Lutron is slowly opening up its proprietary wireless building control network to partners and open standards, paving a road to tomorrow's smart homes.
CES: IoT Modules Quicken Innovation News & Analysis 1/6/2015 5 comments Weaved is a company that brings the little guys into their fold, with customized modules, colors, form factors, and free software to marry it all to their cloud.
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.
The Key to a 'Cool Car' Is a Cool Key – NXP News & Analysis 1/6/2015 7 comments The car key is seemingly destined to become the most visible object differentiating one car brand from another. At least, that’s what car OEMs expect -- and NXP Semiconductors is banking on it.
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.
Fonts Could Set IoT Devices Apart News & Analysis 1/5/2015 9 comments Aesthetically pleasing and scalable typefaces might be the factor that makes one IoT device stand out from others, according to Monotype Imaging.
Broadcom Goes Pedal-to-the-Metal With Ethernet & NFC News & Analysis 1/5/2015 8 comments Through the announcement of two new auto-grade chips that include an Ethernet physical layer transceiver IC and an NFC chip, Broadcom is demonstrating at the International CES a strong commitment to its automotive initiative.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms News & Analysis 12/30/2014 9 comments Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup News & Analysis 12/30/2014 12 comments The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
Analysts Predict CES Hotspots News & Analysis 12/29/2014 10 comments A few technologies and themes arise from each International CES, the massive annual consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The upcoming event will likely feature improved-upon devices from 2014, with a more fleshed-out hardware ecosystem.
WiFi Preps for 5G, IoT Roles News & Analysis 12/29/2014 3 comments WiFi is getting an upgrade at 60 GHz for cellular backhaul, at 2.4 and 5 GHz for more cellular-like services, and at 900 MHz for use with the Internet of Things.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth News & Analysis 12/23/2014 20 comments China deployed huge numbers of TD-LTE base stations last year and India led the world in growth in cellular packet microwave systems, according to analysts at Dell'Oro Group.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances News & Analysis 12/22/2014 20 comments Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
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.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year News & Analysis 12/17/2014 3 comments Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off? News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO News & Analysis 12/15/2014 2 comments Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On News & Analysis 12/12/2014 23 comments Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.