Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
News & Analysis 5/22/2015 4 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
News & Analysis 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.
Crowdfunding Gives IoT a Boost
News & Analysis 5/20/2015 Post a comment
Wearable startups are getting more attention these days -- from chip makers, vendors, consumers, and even some venture capitalists – and there’s a lot of interest in novel hardware implementations. Speakers at Wearable World Congress, held here May 19-20, said new ways of finding funding have led to an explosion of hardware-related companies.
Wearables Pocket IoT Crowdfunding
News & Analysis 5/20/2015 Post a comment
Incubator Wearable World hosted an event to showcase the intersection of crowdsourced startups and big-name tech scrambling for position in the emerging sector of the Internet of Things.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out
News & Analysis 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.”
ARM, UMC to Roll 55nm Ultra-Low Power IoT Chips
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment
ARM and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) announced Monday what they say is the first availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm for development of embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 1 comment
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
News & Analysis 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.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
News & Analysis 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.
Q'comm Rolls Wi-Fi Chips for IoT
News & Analysis 5/14/2015 Post a comment
Qualcomm Atheros rolled out two new Wi-Fi chips aimed at end nodes and hubs in the Internet of Things and packing more memory and punch than some existing IoT parts.
IoT Clash Over 900 MHz Options
News & Analysis 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.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
News & Analysis 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.
IoT Feels Samsung's Artik Breeze
News & Analysis 5/12/2015 1 comment
Samsung announced a new series of modules designed for the Internet of Things as well as handful of partnerships to grow the open development community. The three modules, dubbed Artik, are complete hardware and software systems with built-in security.
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
News & Analysis 5/6/2015 Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
News & Analysis 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).
Dell Targets Network Function Virtualization
News & Analysis 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.
Vest Uses Haptics for Speech by Feel
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 Post a comment
The Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) under development at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine represents a new form of wearable haptics, one that could find many applications beyond its initial goal of enabling the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech through their body.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
News & Analysis 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?
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
News & Analysis 4/30/2015 1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Google Fi Bets On Cheap Wireless
News & Analysis 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.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
News & Analysis 4/29/2015 Post a comment
In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
News & Analysis 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.
Ethernet Geared for Cars, Factories
News & Analysis 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
Teardown 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.
UWB Radar Modules Sense Respiration in Next Room
News & Analysis 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.
5G Makes Waves for Asia Giants
News & Analysis 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.
Cypress Expands Error Correcting Code For SRAM
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 3 comments
As overall SRAM market shrinks, Cypress sees uptick in automotive, IoT and wearables segments, while adding on-board error-correcting code to meet reliability requirements and protect against the effects of radiation
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments
Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 3 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
News & Analysis 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.
ARM Seeks Energy Harvesting Edge in IoT
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 Post a comment
With battery lifetimes becoming an increasing preoccupation of some of the world's largest brands including Google, Apple, Tesla and Dyson it now seems UK-based ARM is focusing on extending the battery life of sensors using Bluetooth to address the Internet of Things.
NFC Makes e-Ink Fashionable
News & Analysis 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.