Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs? News & Analysis 3/30/2015 4 comments Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Linux Seeks Security, Unity News & Analysis 3/27/2015 2 comments Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much News & Analysis 3/25/2015 9 comments At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC News & Analysis 3/23/2015 1 comment Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Sensor Network on Board of ISS Secures Air Quality News & Analysis 3/23/2015 Post a comment Environmental conditions such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air composition are vital for the life at the International Space Station (ISS). To collect these data at high accuracy and reliability, the German aerospace research centre DLR and Airbus Defence & Space developed and installed the Wise-Net wireless sensor network at the ISS; the measurement campaign was more successful than expected.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50? News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2 News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai News & Analysis 3/17/2015 6 comments The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
ams and ST Team Up to Secure NFC Mobile Payments News & Analysis 3/16/2015 1 comment There are some problems and security issues with NFC. ams AG and STMicroelectronics have collaborated to introduce an NFC system reference design that assures easy, reliable and secure contactless transactions while suiting the form factor of mobile and wearable devices.
5G Challenges Ahead, Experts Say News & Analysis 3/13/2015 4 comments 5G was undoubtedly a hot topic at Mobile World Congress, with industry officials and vendors excited about the next-generation communications system. A bevy of legal and economic requirements, however, may temper a bit of the excitement.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast News & Analysis 3/13/2015 9 comments Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
Smart Glasses Go To Work News & Analysis 3/12/2015 1 comment Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top News & Analysis 3/12/2015 10 comments Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms News & Analysis 3/11/2015 4 comments There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS News & Analysis 3/11/2015 1 comment Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC News & Analysis 3/10/2015 1 comment Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted News & Analysis 3/6/2015 12 comments The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
5G Researchers Seek Spectrum News & Analysis 3/4/2015 Post a comment Next generation cellular communications will need to exist in current frequency bands as well as ultra-dense networks that stretch from below 6 GHz to 100 GHz in order to serve a variety of use cases and industries. For some industry officials, standardization can't come soon enough.
Spectrum, 5G in MWC Spotlight News & Analysis 3/3/2015 1 comment To avoid a massive and unruly cellular frequency shakeup, a panel experts from the cellular, satellite, broadcasting, and networking industries discussed at the Mobile World Congress how to best use spectrum, especially for 5G cellular.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better News & Analysis 3/2/2015 13 comments The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Base Stations Go Virtual, Flexible News & Analysis 3/2/2015 Post a comment Several major players in the base station market have are trying to solve the problem of increasing data rates and the need for speed with a variety of configurable small and macro cells. Alcatel-Lucent, Aquantia, and Qualcomm each announced chip sets and software that harness new cellular bands and spectrum.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars News & Analysis 3/2/2015 Post a comment Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI News & Analysis 3/1/2015 52 comments Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting News & Analysis 2/27/2015 3 comments The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris News & Analysis 2/26/2015 5 comments Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth News & Analysis 2/25/2015 6 comments Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/25/2015 3 comments Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
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 ...