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IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
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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
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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
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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.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
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1/21/2015   5 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech
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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
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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.
China’s Shifting Sands Spell Trouble for Qualcomm, Broadcom
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1/16/2015   8 comments
Big changes in the works including China Mobile’s shift in procurement policy from five-mode to three-mode smartphones, and plans among Chinese apps fabless to embrace connectivity, will affect the leaders in the U.S. chip industry.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic
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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
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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
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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.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   26 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
Google, Apple Rise in Patent Ranks
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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
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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.
CES 2015: Ultra-High-Definition 4K TV over Copper
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1/12/2015   2 comments
Sckipio Technologies demonstrated first delivery of ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K TV at International Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit
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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
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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.
Engineers Put Showers on Wheels
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1/9/2015   6 comments
Startup Lava Mae aims to help San Francisco's homeless get a decent shower by converting city buses into bathrooms on wheels.
FCC Chairman at CES Takes Net Neutrality Pledge
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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
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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.
NI's Truchard Named IEEE Fellow
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1/7/2015   Post a comment
The instrument company's co-founder joins an elite list of engineers.
Lutron Opens to Smart Home
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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
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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.
15-in-15: Analog, MEMS & Sensor Startups to Watch in 2015
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1/6/2015   Post a comment
Here are 15 startups that are eager to change the world of electronics and that we think are worth keeping an eye on in 2015 if you are interested in analog, MEMS, and sensors.
IoT: Collaborate or Else, Says Samsung CEO
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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
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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.
CES Unveiled: Robots, Patches, Plugs & Kid Surveillance
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1/5/2015   5 comments
At CES Unveiled this year, two trends have emerged: more wearables pitched for better accuracy (some with "medical-grade" claims) and more gateway products to talk to a WiFi router or directly with the outside world.
Sony Chooses PNI Hub for SmartWatch
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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
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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
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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.
CES: 2 Displays on Russian Yota Smartphone
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1/1/2015   41 comments
Russian-made Yota smartphone, or just YotaPhone, ups ante with two displays -- one E-Ink on the back that draws almost zero power, and up to 100 hours of battery life.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms
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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
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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
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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
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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.
CSR to Offer ARM mbed Bluetooth & WiFi Boards
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12/26/2014   1 comment
CSR will shortly offer two connectivity products for the new ARM mbed operating system that will enable developers to produce complete Internet of Things solutions.
10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015
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12/24/2014   28 comments
Consumer electronics gets all the press, but the industrial applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) have the better business case. There are many challenges to overcome, though, before the industrial IoT can take off.
Pitfalls in Internet of Things for 2015 & Beyond
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12/23/2014   12 comments
EE Times in recent weeks asked several companies and analysts what hurdles they see ahead of them in the IoT market. Here are the key pitfalls identified by them.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth
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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
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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
Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
From faulty MEMS mics to NXP's labor disputes, here are the most-read news articles of the year on EE Times Europe Analog.
Space Weather Satellite Set for Launch
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12/19/2014   12 comments
NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory will serve as an early warning system for Earth-directed solar storms.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Industrial IoT Framework Near
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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
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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.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   25 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
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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
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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
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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 Will Give 'Embedded' a Shot in the Arm
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12/13/2014   3 comments
The largest IoT semiconductor market segment will be "connected cities' followed by industrial, predicts market research firm IC Insights.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
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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.
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