NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
News & Analysis 11/25/2015 6 comments
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts
News & Analysis 11/24/2015 8 comments
The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
News & Analysis 11/23/2015 7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
IoT Groups Merge Efforts
News & Analysis 11/23/2015 1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium and the Universal Plug and Play Forum will combine efforts to gain heft in the battle to define the Internet of Things.
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Smartphone Shipments up 15% in 3Q15
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smartphones was 353 million units in 3Q15, up 15.5 percent over the same period in 2014. For mobile phones in total the market was 478 million units in 3Q15, an increase of 3.7 percent over a year before.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
E-Textiles Weave Complex Tale
News & Analysis 11/18/2015 Post a comment
While wearables present innumerable opportunities for fashion designers, the supply chain isn’t up to speed, according to a panel of wearable technology and fashion experts.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses
News & Analysis 11/13/2015 Post a comment
Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
News & Analysis 11/13/2015 2 comments
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
Apple’s A9: Story Within A Story
Teardown 11/12/2015 9 comments
On a basic level it's a story of a sixth generation APU that is fabricated in a FinFET process. It's also a bigger story of Apple's semiconductor design ambitions.
ARM CEO Touts IoT Security, Fire Safety
News & Analysis 11/11/2015 7 comments
ARM couldn’t have done it better if they tried. Just as CEO Simon Segars reached the climax of his TechCon keynote on the importance of security for the Internet of Things, a fire alarm rang out.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout
News & Analysis 11/11/2015 Post a comment
IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores
News & Analysis 11/10/2015 1 comment
ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa
News & Analysis 11/10/2015 Post a comment
Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
News & Analysis 11/9/2015 1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Apple's Investments Turn Unproductive, Observes Good Electronics
News & Analysis 11/5/2015 Post a comment
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the Good Electronics Network have published their observations on the financialisation route that an increasing number of large electronic goods corporations are taking, and the adverse societal impact this can have while not proving sustainable for the companies themselves.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment
Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
NASA Deep-Space mission challenges: Antennas to MIPS
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment
The New Horizons spacecraft and its voyage to Pluto is an excellent example of the challenges to electronic systems on a long journey in space. Here we look at the system designs and functionality as well as some of the difficulties an engineer would face in designing such systems.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 5 comments
Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
How Camera Phones Changed the World
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 8 comments
In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
Qualcomm sketches road to 5G
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 1 comment
Qualcomm is starting to discuss its proposals for a 5G cellular air interface that includes a new protocol for the Internet of Things.