Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes News & Analysis 11/11/2014 3 comments AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon News & Analysis 11/11/2014 6 comments Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing News & Analysis 11/10/2014 5 comments With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT News & Analysis 11/7/2014 11 comments Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized News & Analysis 11/3/2014 2 comments The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz' News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
NASA Spinoffs: 6 Innovations In Health & Medicine News & Analysis 10/23/2014 2 comments The concept of applying technologies used in space to enhance the lives of people on Earth drives NASA's spinoff program, a technology originally developed for NASA missions is transferred to the public for commercial use.
iPad Air 2: Biggest Weakness News & Analysis 10/23/2014 13 comments Early reviews of the Apple iPad Air 2 all sing a similar tune: It's thin and light, the screen is better, the cameras are great, and it delivers incredible performance. But two reviews dinged the device heavily on multitasking.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD News & Analysis 10/23/2014 8 comments Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed News & Analysis 10/23/2014 12 comments China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s News & Analysis 10/22/2014 11 comments A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey News & Analysis 10/22/2014 1 comment The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave News & Analysis 10/22/2014 7 comments Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band News & Analysis 10/20/2014 7 comments The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar News & Analysis 10/20/2014 2 comments Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered News & Analysis 10/20/2014 6 comments The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
Apple's Next iPads: 13 Things To Expect News & Analysis 10/15/2014 9 comments Assuming Apple releases new iPads this Thursday, as expected, the issue won't be whether the new tablets will be improved -- they will be. Rather, the issue will be whether the new devices are improved enough to justify a purchase. Luckily for Apple, the new devices will likely boast substantial upgrades.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh News & Analysis 10/15/2014 15 comments Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
NYC Shines as Maker City News & Analysis 10/14/2014 2 comments The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate News & Analysis 10/13/2014 16 comments Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines News & Analysis 10/13/2014 1 comment The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India News & Analysis 10/8/2014 11 comments One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
Why Do Big Companies Make Their Own Sensors? News & Analysis 10/7/2014 2 comments The reasons big companies make their own sensors vary from the need for a guaranteed supply to the addition of a product they can sell to others to just another aspect of verticalization as a company policy.