Cypress Expands Error Correcting Code For SRAM
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 Post a comment
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 2 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 4 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.
Smartwatches to Outpace Trackers
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 Post a comment
Smartwatch ownership is on the rise and will likely surpass activity trackers, according to market researchers. A report from The NDP Group projected that 2016 activity tracker ownership will have peaked at 32 million in 2016 while smartwatch ownership will hit 9%.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis 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?
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
News & Analysis 4/16/2015 Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
News & Analysis 4/14/2015 7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
News & Analysis 4/13/2015 1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 14 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 Post a comment
A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 1 comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
News & Analysis 4/3/2015 Post a comment
To suit the ultra low-power needs of many battery-operated devices, SI will develop a power management application programming interface for ARM’s mbed development platforms.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
News & Analysis 4/2/2015 4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Festival Redesigns San Francisco
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 2 comments
Fifty projects -- from a life-size replica of San Francisco Chronicle writer Herb Caen’s typewriter, with seats, to a microhousing installation -- will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Organizers hope that some designs will be integrated into the long-term design of SF’s sidewalks.
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 5 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 3 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.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
News & Analysis 3/26/2015 5 comments
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
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.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.