5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC
News & Analysis 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.
LTE IoT Specs Anticipated in Chips
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko
News & Analysis 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.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
News & Analysis 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.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
News & Analysis 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.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
News & Analysis 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
IoT Network Snags $115M
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
News & Analysis 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.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
News & Analysis 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.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT
News & Analysis 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.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
News & Analysis 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.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.