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IBM Unveils Power8 Chip as Open Hardware
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4/23/2014   3 comments
Google and other OpenPower Foundation partners express interest in IBM's Power8 chip designs and server motherboard specs.
LG, Sony Disclose Smartwatch Details
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
LG offers more info about its upcoming Android Wear device, while Sony launches new colors and talks apps.
Apple v. Samsung: Google Agreed to Indemnify Samsung
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4/23/2014   1 comment
Google agreed to indemnify Samsung against some of Apple's claims in the patent infringement lawsuit.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   11 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Wearable Contest Takes to the Air
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Wearable World, a San Francisco-based wearable Internet of Things startup, announced a competition in partnership with American Airlines for developers interested travel technology. The two-part competition begins June 6 in San Francisco with a final round on July 11 at San Francisco International Airport; winners will get to work on their device with the airline.
Samsung Attacks: Case Against Apple Begins
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4/22/2014   1 comment
Samsung's infringement complaint against Apple centers on smartphone technology for image storage as well as for video capture, compression, and transmission across devices.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables?
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4/21/2014   6 comments
Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
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4/21/2014   16 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans
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4/21/2014   4 comments
Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
Samsung Defense: Marketing Guru vs. Marketing Guru
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4/19/2014   9 comments
Parade of marketing and programming experts continues as Samsung tries to prove Apple’s reasoning is flawed.
IoT Requires Continuous Development
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4/18/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things will add so much programmability to devices that keeping software current will become a never-ending task.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
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4/17/2014   2 comments
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   1 comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
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4/16/2014   6 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
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4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Registration Opens for Microchip's MASTERs Conference
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
This conference is a great chance to meet Microchip's subject-matter experts and their technical partners, and also to meet their distributor's FAEs, design partners, and other users.
AllJoyn: A Common Language for Internet of Things
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4/16/2014   1 comment
Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Google's Project ARA Smartphones to Use Lattice ECP5 FPGAs
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4/15/2014   3 comments
Lattice ECP3 and ECP5 FPGAs to be used in Google's Project ARA smartphones to provide connectivity between modules and implement custom functionality.
Sensors & Actuators Market Forecast on 11% CAGR to 2018
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4/15/2014   Post a comment
After a two-year slump, sales of acceleration, yaw, and magnetic sensors are expected to explode this year and for the next three years.
IoT Blooms in San Francisco
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4/14/2014   6 comments
A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
Lattice Is Breaking the Rules With ECP5 FPGAs
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4/11/2014   Post a comment
The ECP5 FPGA family has been architected from the ground-up for high volume deployment.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships
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4/10/2014   4 comments
Cisco launches an IoT startup challenge while Texas Instruments names eight companies as the first of a set of IoT cloud service partners.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Slideshow: 10 Things I Saw at Bluetooth World
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4/9/2014   4 comments
Bluetooth is moving into the Internet of Things in a big way with mesh technology on the horizon and plenty of traction in wearables.
Opal Kelly's Pins Soothe the Pain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
If you are using Opal Kelly modules in your designs, then the Pins application is going to make your life much easier.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
DCD's (Good Old) 68HC08 MCU Is Going Strong
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The latest version of DCD's binary-compatible 68HC08 8-bit MCU IP core -- the DF6808 – can perform up to 100 million instructions per second.
QuickLogic's Sensor Hub IDE & Dev Board Speeds Customization
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The sensor hub IDE and development board support easy sensor bring-up, sensor algorithm development, and real-time board-level debug for quicker time-to-market.
ARM Endorses Open-Source Sensor Platform
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4/7/2014   Post a comment
Billed as first open-source software to streamline designing sensor hubs, Sensor Platforms Inc. launches Open Sensor Platform with powerful ally in ARM.
Gesture Flaw Makes Google's Nest Halt Sale of Smoke Alarms
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4/7/2014   12 comments
Nest Labs is halting sales of its Nest Protect product after finding flaws with a gesture recognition feature. Google recently bought the company for $3.2 billion.
Honda Tests System That Warns Drivers of Traffic Signals
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4/7/2014   8 comments
Speed/brake recommendations on dash to help drivers save gas, make more green lights.
Samsung S5 Teardown: Loaded With Sensors
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4/7/2014   8 comments
Samsung's Galaxy S5 has next version Exynos and the SuperAMOLED display, among a Teardown.com previews their teardown.
Electronics That Dissolve on Schedule
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4/4/2014   7 comments
The biggest trick in making circuits that dissolve is being able to control how long they stick around.
Designing an IoT Device: Tradeoffs Abound, Many Ugly
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4/4/2014   36 comments
An embedded developer has concluded that today’s Internet of Things is still too unreliable, difficult-to-use, unconfigurable, insecure, and can cause users unnecessary frustration.
Windows Opens Console to Phone
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4/4/2014   9 comments
Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 come with a host of new tricks and treats, including a $0 royalty licensing program for OEMs developing mobile devices with screens under 9 inches. Among Microsoft’s big reveals was a converged developer platform that allows developers to create universal Windows apps for a common Windows runtime on tablets, phones, PCs and, eventually, wearables.
ON Semi Acquiring Truesense for $92M
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4/3/2014   3 comments
The deal expands ON Semiconductor's sensor offerings for the industrial sector. Truesense was previously Kodak Image Sensor Solutions.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box
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4/3/2014   1 comment
This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Chips Face Tough Times, Says Sanghi
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4/3/2014   41 comments
It's a new and harsher day for the semiconductor industry, said Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi in an interview on the EE Live! show floor.
Speeding Innovation in the Smart Tech World
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4/3/2014   3 comments
Erik Volkerink, CTO of Flextronics, believes that as smart technologies grow, the gap between the ideas and how the electronics industry actually executes on these concepts is growing. He's urging his colleagues to think differently.
Micrium Gears Up for IoT
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4/3/2014   5 comments
RTOS and embedded software provider Micrium is putting partnerships and plans in place to become an end-to-end IoT software provider.
MEMS Mics Pass $1B Milestone
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4/2/2014   8 comments
The micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microphone market it on track to top the $1 billion milestone in 2014.
Skeds Slip for Embedded Designs
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4/2/2014   13 comments
More embedded design projects are missing their schedules as the size of design teams is shrinking, according to a new study.
'Thingularity' Triggers Security Warnings
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4/2/2014   7 comments
The Internet of Things is creating 50 billion Internet-connected devices. Who is going to keep them updated and secure?
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
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4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Microchip Announces New 8-Bit MCU Family at EE Live! 2014
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4/1/2014   1 comment
The integration of intelligent analog capabilities offered by the PIC16(L)F170X/171X family of 8-bit CPUs reduces system BOM cost and board real estate.
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