IBM Renting Its EDA Tools News & Analysis 6/7/2015 5 comments Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Xiaomi: Behind Closed Doors News & Analysis 6/5/2015 1 comment How Xiaomi, a barely known Chinese company, has burst into the most competitive mobile handset market to become -- in just five years -- the world’s third largest smartphone vendor is the sort of classic underdog story everyone loves.
Batteries Charge for Energy Role News & Analysis 6/4/2015 1 comment Improved technology for smart cities and the decreasing cost of renewable energy installation is rapidly changing the power management market. The resulting decentralization of electricity sources requires new power management solutions and business models, which will drive a multi-billion dollar market in the next 10 years.
Wearables Detect Medical Shift News & Analysis 6/4/2015 3 comments Wearable devices have the potential to transform health care but the changes will take time, said experts from Intel, Jawbone. Lumo and Misfit.
City Smarts Marshalled in Germany News & Analysis 6/4/2015 9 comments Germany's smart cities plan aims to make Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and other cities self-sufficient in energy, integrated in access to mass transit with a single e-token, and totally connected to citizens for communication during normal and times of emergencies.
Over-the-Air Platform Keeps Automotive Software Current News & Analysis 6/3/2015 3 comments U.S.-based Movimento Group has introduced a platform that helps OEMs and tier ones to keep the software status of their vehicles current even when they are out on the roads. Plus, it enables users to establish new business models based on big data technologies.
IoT Gets Sane Forecast at Event News & Analysis 6/3/2015 1 comment At his first ever IoT event, Linley Gwennap will roll out a grounded forecast for the Internet of Things and thoughts on the chip technology behind it.
Industry's Most Sensitive MEMS Mic News & Analysis 6/1/2015 2 comments Vesper Technologies Inc. claims to have the world's smallest and highest signal-to-noise-ratio microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone available today.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
Google Unveils Smart Fabric Program News & Analysis 5/29/2015 7 comments In what might be the largest development in smart fabrics, Google announced a project to scale manufacturing of fabrics that use broad gestures to control mobile devices, lights, and more.
Huawei vs. Xiaomi: China in Microcosm News & Analysis 5/29/2015 7 comments Huawei’s technological prowess in telecom and Xiaomi’s agility in China’s consumer electronics market illustrate both companies’ potential and their weaknesses. Understanding the differences offers a glimpse into the future -- where China is guiding the global electronics industry.
Google Rolls Android M, IoT OS News & Analysis 5/28/2015 2 comments Developers were audibly excited by the bevy of improvements and added features on the newest Android release, Android M. Google is unlikely to have satisfied hardware engineers, who may have been hoping for a next-generation device.
Xray Sensor Startup Raises Funds News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment MultiX SA has developed a sensor the ME100 based on CdTe and CdZnTe crystal material. This together with a signal conditioning ASIC and high-speed front-end electronics is capable of measuring the energy of each incident x-ray photon.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016 News & Analysis 5/27/2015 4 comments Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method News & Analysis 5/26/2015 2 comments Xiaomi is on a spending spree lately in hopes of expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones. But textbook business-school investment strategies probably won’t cut it. After all, Xiaomi is no Google –- at least not yet. So what to do?
Smart Factories Meet AI News & Analysis 5/25/2015 1 comment The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
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 3 comments 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.