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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.
MediaTek Sees IoT as Its Next Growth Driver
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, says it expects IoT to become its next big growth driver once the smartphone business starts to lose steam.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
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3/17/2015   6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
Insects Harnessed for Surveillance
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3/17/2015   5 comments
Cooperative research between U.S. and China results in a cyborg beetle that can be flown by remote control for surveillance.
Tri-Core Sensor Hub Ups Ante: Sensors Included
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Invensense claims to have the world's first system-in-package to act not only as a 6-axis inertial sensor, but also as a programmable hub for all the other sensors in a smartphone.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast
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3/13/2015   9 comments
Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
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3/12/2015   1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Free Sirius One-Ups Siri
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3/12/2015   7 comments
University of Michigan researchers one-up Apple's Siri, Google's Now and Microsoft's Cortana with their free, open-source Sirius.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
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3/12/2015   10 comments
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   6 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC
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3/10/2015   1 comment
Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
Intel's 1st Xeon SoC Twists ARM
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3/9/2015   23 comments
Intel hopes it first Xeon SoC -- the D-1500 -- will be an ARM killer in the micro server market.
Bosch Debuts 1st MEMS Sensor Hub
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3/9/2015   6 comments
Bosch and Akustica have announced new MEMS products, namely, sensor hubs and HD mic, respectively.
Synopsys Opens Up ARC Processor Architecture Online
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3/9/2015   2 comments
To reach developers in a range of new embedded Internet of Things designs, Synopsys has sponsored the embARC.org web with open source tools for use with its ARC processor.
OmniVision Shrinks Image Sensor Pixel to 1-micron
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The OV16880 is a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision Technologies Inc. with a pixel size of 1-micron. The sensor uses PureCel-S stacked die technology and supports phase detection autofocus (PDAP).
EU's 5G Vision Gets Clearer, Still Fragmented
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The European Commission’s new digital boss, Günther H. Oettinger, praises advances in 5G since the introduction of the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP)
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
Sensors for Wearable Electronics on 40% CAGR
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Wearable electronics will be the big opportunity for sensors after margins shrink in smartphones and tablet computers, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan Inc.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
FCC Chief at MWC: 'No One Blocks Internet'
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3/3/2015   15 comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, at the Mobile World Congress, compared the FCC's controversial Open Internet Rules to the First Amendment and said, “No one blocks the Internet.”
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
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3/3/2015   2 comments
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
IoT Security a Prime Focus for Freescale
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Security is a major concern in the Internet of Things, and Freescale intends to provide developers with the answers.
IBM, Semtech 30-Mile IoT Uses 10-Year AAs
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3/3/2015   18 comments
IBM and Semtech go long into machine-to-machine (M2M) working with open standards LoRa (long-range) Alliance to put serious distance between sensors and the cloud.
Telcos Demand 'Digital Neutrality'
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3/2/2015   8 comments
Telco operators at Mobile World Congress called for a “level playing field” with apps/service providers such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Spansion Adds RAM to HyperBus
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Combination of new HyperRAM and HyperFlash connected to a common HyperBus interface reduces pin counts and means smaller packages for use in automotive and Internet of Things devices
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI
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3/1/2015   55 comments
Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.
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