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5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC
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2/25/2015   3 comments
Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
Flex Logix Introduces FPGA IP Cores for SoC Designs
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2/25/2015   1 comment
The EFLX FPGA fabric allows things like I/O protocols, encryption algorithms, radio filters, and other "fixed" functions to be upgraded on-the-fly.
LTE IoT Specs Anticipated in Chips
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2/25/2015   1 comment
Altair Semiconductor hopes to drive the machine to machine market toward 4G LTE with two chip sets based on early 3GPP standards. Whether the Internet of Things needs cellular remains to be seen.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress
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2/25/2015   4 comments
Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
Xilinx Unveils 16nm Ultrascale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs & 3D ICs
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2/24/2015   1 comment
Applications for Xilinx's new UltraScale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs include LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial IoT.
MediaTek Push into Global LTE Not Likely Until 2016, Analyst Says
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
With U.S. certification still pending, MediaTek’s ramp in developed markets may take until next year to have some traction, says Credit Suisse analyst.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko
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2/24/2015   2 comments
Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
Organic Solar Cells Au Naturel
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers search for naturally occurring carbon-based materials to enable ultra-cheap solar cells.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
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2/23/2015   2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
8-bit MCUs Stake New Claim in IoT
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
Far from being down and out in the IoT era, 8-bit MCUs are staking a claim with these new products from Silicon Labs.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/18/2015   12 comments
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
IBM Adds All Vendors to its Cloud-of-Clouds
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2/17/2015   1 comment
IBM turns its attention to management software that manages both its own and the cloud-based servers of other vendors in hybrid clouds of clouds.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
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2/16/2015   4 comments
Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
Obama Signs Exec Order to Share Cyberthreat Info
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
President Obama today signed a new Executive Order to promote the sharing of cyberthreat information among private sector organizations as well as between the private and public sectors.
IoT Network Snags $115M
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2/13/2015   5 comments
A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime
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2/13/2015   2 comments
As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
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2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
Embedded Tools Target 'Industry 4.0' Development
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Rising interest in applying the Internet of Things to industrial applications has prompted Mentor Graphics to assemble a suitable runtime and tool framework for developers.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
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2/9/2015   2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Alibaba and Meizu Join Forces vs. Android
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2/9/2015   4 comments
Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced Monday its $590 million investment in Meizu, one of China’s smaller smartphone vendors. Here’s what has driven Alibaba to the deal.
Aiming at Smartphones, PoLight Readies for Mass Production
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Headquartered in Horten, Norwegian startup poLight AS has raised NOK 146m (USD19M) in a private placement of shares, to fuel the deployment of its piezo-MEMS auto-focus lens technology, TLens.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
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2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
TSMC Sues Over Trade-Secret Leak to Samsung
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2/6/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is suing a former R&D employee on the suspicion that he leaked secrets including but not limited to 28nm process technology to Samsung.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
Out Googling Google on Big Data Searches
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2/4/2015   4 comments
Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral has come up with a superior search algorithm that out Google's Google and he is giving it away free.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
Voice & Graphical User Interface MCUs Available
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Human machine interface design using graphics or voice just got cheaper and easier.
Intel to Buy Lantiq, Get Ready for Smart Gateways
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2/2/2015   2 comments
Intel will acquire German-based Lantiq, with a goal to drive a smart gateway that connects a growing number of devices and services in the home.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club
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1/30/2015   50 comments
Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots
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1/30/2015   4 comments
Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Broadcom Flips on Future Set Tops
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1/29/2015   1 comment
Broadcom is nestled between traditional cable companies and newer over the top content providers, which are both battling and enabling each other in a fight for viewers and dollars.
Connected Car: Dramatic Growth Ahead
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1/28/2015   7 comments
Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth in connected car sales — and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
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1/28/2015   5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
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1/28/2015   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales
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1/27/2015   6 comments
Apple announced record financial results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Record revenues, shipments, and a general bullish attitude were due in great part to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Pay.
Analog, Embedded Drive TI Upwards in 2014
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has reported a net income of $825 million on fourth quarter 2014 revenue of $3.27 billion.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
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1/27/2015   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
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1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
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1/23/2015   5 comments
2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
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1/22/2015   3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
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1/21/2015   20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
B&B Bringing Legacy Systems into Industrial IoT
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
With a name change and a new partner program, B&B SmartWorx takes aim at the Industrial Internet of Things.
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