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Cadence Tensilica Fusion DSP Core Targets IoT, Wearables
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Tensilica Fusion is a configurable and scalable DSP that is ideal for applications requiring specialized computation, ultra-low power consumption, and the smallest possible footprint.
Samsung Busts TSMC's 'Monopoly,' Analysts Say
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4/21/2015   2 comments
Samsung has broken the monopoly in leading-edge foundry services recently held by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to analysts who cover the chipmakers.
Smartwatches to Outpace Trackers
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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
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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?
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
'Connected Home' Key to Intel’s Lantiq Deal
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Intel has formed a freshly minted “Connected Home Division,” which will become a home for Lantiq’s employees and those who are currently working at Intel’s Service Provider Division.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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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
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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
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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
Intel Keeps It Simple for IoT Firmware Developers
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
At IEDF in China, Intel Corp. introduced a free graphical firmware builder targeted at developers not experienced in embedded IoT design.
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   8 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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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
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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.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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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
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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
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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.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
Sensor Hub Lowers the Power
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4/9/2015   1 comment
QuickLogic announced the world's lowest power sensor hub greatly extending the lifetime of wearables.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Tracking Software in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Software distribution-as-a-Service is a new middleware capability emerging to monitor and manage the health and security of software code and data transported over networks.
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
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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.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
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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.
Intel Buys Swiss Smartglasses Startups
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has bought Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, which has developed a see-through display.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
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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.
10 Apple Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Apple has a habit of buying tech companies. Let's look at its most recent acquisitions and in what ways each might enhance the company's future.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
The latest highlights from DARPA's years-long robotics competition show us just how creative we can be. Here's what you need to know in advance of the grand finale in June.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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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.
MCU Vendors Engaging in Low-Power Leapfrog
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3/25/2015   8 comments
Competition to be the low-power MCU leader has resulted in a burst of product introductions, but it is the developer who will ultimately win.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much
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3/25/2015   9 comments
At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Net Neutrality Rules Facing First Lawsuits
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
The FCC's new net neutrality rules are facing their first challenge from a number of industry trade groups, which have backing from companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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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.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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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.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
New Usecases Broaden Mobile ID, NFC
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
Strong smartcard and mobile ID solutions can help provide secure access and identification for devices, services, and official documents.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
PCB-Friendly Motion Module Targets Sensor Hubs
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3/20/2015   1 comment
To make nine axis sensor hub capabilities available for many embedded IoT apps, Microchip has developed a coin cell sized module that can fit onto any space constrained design.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Apple's ResearchKit: Is Open Source Good for Your and Apple's Health?
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
ResearchKit has potential for Apple's customers, and for the computing and communications world more generally, but there are also a few concerns.
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