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Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
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5/22/2015   3 comments
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
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5/21/2015   2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
Mercedes-Benz Integrates Navigation with Apple Watch
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Daimler has introduced an intelligent integration between Apple Watch and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with its new MB Companion App.
Xiaomi Picks Leadcore to Go Vertical
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5/18/2015   2 comments
When Apple, Huawei and Samsung are already designing handsets using their own processors, Xiaomi, too, wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate their products and control its own destiny, an executive of Leadcore Technology told EE Times.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
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5/18/2015   5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Licensed Wireless Spectrum Generates $400 Billion in U.S.
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5/17/2015   Post a comment
Spectrum licensed to U.S. wireless carriers generates more than $400 billion annually in economic activity, according to a report issued today by the Brattle Group and prepared for CTIA - The Wireless Association®.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
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5/15/2015   1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
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5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
IoT Clash Over 900 MHz Options
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5/14/2015   1 comment
As millions, billions, or trillions (depending which analysis you trust) of devices get connected to the Internet over the next few years, making sure those devices are able to connect easily and across protocols will be a major challenge. Samsung announced that its new Internet of Things module, Artik, will support a new networking structure that can overcome technical issues.
EtherCAT Linking Factory to Office
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5/14/2015   2 comments
The need to bridge between factory equipment and the corporate office is moving EtherCAT into a leading role among industrial networks.
SiLabs Marches to a Different Drummer
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs gives full attention to the Universal Serial Bus in new low power Cortex-M0+ based microcontroller family.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
NFC Tags Get Much Needed Security Upgrade
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
Additional data protection mechanisms added to the Near Field Communications protocol will further secure mobile phone-based transactions as well as in a variety of wearable IoT applications.
ESC Boston: The Serial Port Lives
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5/11/2015   18 comments
The classic, easy-to-implement serial port is still widely used, especially in industrial embedded computers.
Diablo Memory Channel Storage Architecture Gains Traction
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5/11/2015   Post a comment
Lenovo has integrated MCS with its latest X6 servers just as litigation affecting Diablo’s ability to ship technology has been resolved
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
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5/11/2015   7 comments
A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
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5/8/2015   1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe
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5/7/2015   4 comments
Engineers at Facebook shared details of their recipe for creating massive storage systems at bargain basement prices, defying traditional OEM hard drive arrays.
Startup's Webcams Move to 4K Panoramic Video
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Founded in 2013 and having secured two rounds of funding, including a Series B round of $10.5M from Intel Capital back in 2014, California-based startup Altia Systems has just launched its PanaCast2 Personal Panoramic Video System.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
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5/7/2015   15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Chip Market Growth Strong Q1 in US, China
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
The global chip market continued to be a tale of contrasting fortunes with Europe and Japanese markets contracting and the Americas and China enjoying double-digit percentage annual growth, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor.
NXP-Qualcomm Partnership to Drive NFC
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5/5/2015   3 comments
Expect droves of Android phones featuring secure NFC mobile transactions a la Apple Pay to hit the global market soon. NXP and Qualcomm have partnered to bring NXP’s NFC and secure element technology onto Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
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5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Why Intel and Qualcomm Can't Agree on IoT Framework
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5/5/2015   5 comments
How do you tell ISC License from Apache 2.0? Why is a Patent Pledge necessary? Triggering differences in IP policies of AllSeen and Open Interconnect Consortium is an ongoing tug of war between engineers and lawyers.
Intel's High-End Xeon E7v3 Debuts
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5/4/2015   3 comments
Intel claims its high-end Xeon E7v3 breaks speed records for data analytics, beating IBM's Power8.
Dell Targets Network Function Virtualization
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5/4/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Dell Labs in Santa Clara, Calif. want to make networked devices easier to use, seamless in mobility, and simpler for developers. Dell’s year-old research division is hard at work on machine learning software and tools for network function virtualization = to drive the server, telco, and Internet of Things industries.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
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5/1/2015   2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Google Fi Bets On Cheap Wireless
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4/30/2015   1 comment
Google’s latest venture into wireless phone service will give the people what they want – cheap calls and Internet for a flat fee over Wi-Fi. Project Fi aims to intelligently connect users to the fastest wireless or cellular network as they move using existing technology for $20 a month.
MediaTek Pins 2nd Half Hopes on Octacore
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, expects new octacore products coming out in the second half of this year to help lift sales out of the doldrums.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
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4/29/2015   1 comment
The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
WiFi Wave 2 Rises at Broadcom
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4/29/2015   1 comment
To continue the drive toward next generation wireless with 802.11ac, Broadcom is sampling Wave 2 Wi-Fi chips for enterprise access points. The market is ripe for improved connection, analysts say, but competition is heating up.
Ethernet Geared for Cars, Factories
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4/29/2015   7 comments
A new class of Ethernet chips and software will emerge next year, opening the networking technology up to use in time-sensitive applications in cars, factory robots and more.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
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4/28/2015   11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
HP Debuts New Campus Switch Modules, SDN App
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4/28/2015   Post a comment
HP products are among the many new technologies launching at this week's Interop. Others include EnGenius' WLAN management platform and Fiber Mountain's updated orchestration system.
UWB Radar Modules Sense Respiration in Next Room
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4/28/2015   Post a comment
Novelda AS, a developer of CMOS impulse radar transceivers, has announced two modules based on its X2 transceivers intended for use in home automation. The company has also raised $12 million in a Series A financing round.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
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4/27/2015   3 comments
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
5G Makes Waves for Asia Giants
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4/27/2015   2 comments
The recent 5G Forum USA, held in Palo Alto, Calif., brought together researchers and executives from major telcos and universities to discuss next generation communications for multiple markets. Representatives from several Asian communications giants discussed was radio communications and virtual networks will help ease the transition to 5G.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
NFC Makes e-Ink Fashionable
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Take a flexible e-Ink display foil, shape it and turn it into a wearable accessory, then control the black & white display using your smartphone through an NFC connection, uploading any design to match your outfit.
China Handsets Lift Broadcom Sales
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom today reported better than expected results for the first quarter of 2015, with revenue driven by high-end smartphone and broadband access markets.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
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4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
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4/19/2015   8 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
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