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Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
Sensors Build Case Against Cold
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9/29/2014   6 comments
As some predict that New York’s easy summer may turn into a hellish winter, a local startup aims to fix the freeze. Heat Seek, grand prize winner of this year’s NYC BigApps competition in the live and connected device categories, wants to keep tenants warm with inexpensive temperature sensors.
Nudging Toward a More Open Cloud
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9/29/2014   6 comments
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
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9/8/2014   14 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Super Cheap Windows Devices Emerge At IFA
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9/3/2014   11 comments
Asus, Acer, and Toshiba announce some of the most affordable Windows devices ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with prices as low as $120. Is the user experience up to snuff?
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
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8/29/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
US Military To Launch Open Source Academy
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8/22/2014   1 comment
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi will offer open source training and Linux certification for military personnel and civilians in groundbreaking new program.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip
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8/16/2014   1 comment
Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   28 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Linaro’s Android Open-Source Project Ported to ARMv8-A
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
Following the recent announcement of the Android L Developer Preview supporting the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture, Linaro has announced that a port of the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) to the ARMv8-A architecture has been made available.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
ARM Jumps on Open-Source Sensors
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
ARM Semiconductors jumps into the open-source sensor hubs game by teaming with sensor algorithm company Sensor Platforms to produce open-source software for sensor hub applications.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
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6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
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6/26/2014   8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release
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6/25/2014   23 comments
At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
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6/23/2014   5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Supreme Court Rules Against Software Patents
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6/19/2014   28 comments
In a case that may affect the tech industry for years to come, the Supreme Court struck down a case on the patentability of software. The unanimous vote in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International renders software patents ineligible as abstract ideas.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Computex: Pixelworks Debuts Mobile Video Post-Processing IC
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6/2/2014   3 comments
Pixelworks is the first chip vendor to develop a small, hardwired mobile video display processor that sits between a mobile SoC and the mobile device's panel.
MIPS Rallies Open-Source Group
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5/22/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies gathered 10 companies including Broadcom, Cavium, and Qualcomm to develop open-source code for MIPS CPUs.
3D Printed Vehicles Meet US Grand Challenge
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5/15/2014   4 comments
The Spring 2014 Additive Manufacturing Grand Challenge is hosted by Virginia Tech to demonstrate the utility of 3D printed vehicles.
Leading Maker Dreams of Open Cores
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5/14/2014   12 comments
The most exciting thing on the horizon for open source hardware is potential for open processors and SoCs, said a movement leader.
UPnP+ Bridges IoT to Cloud
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5/8/2014   4 comments
A new set of specs and code from the Universal Plug and Play Forum aims to bridge non-IP devices and cloud services into its WiFi world.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
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5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
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5/5/2014   25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Phablets Put The Hurt On Tablets
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5/5/2014   4 comments
Undo Software has raised a third funding round of $1.25m to scale the sales of its record-and-play reversible debugging technology with new backing from one of the original founders of Skype.
IBM's 3D Printer to Revolutionize Chip Prototyping
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4/25/2014   7 comments
IBM Research in Zurich has invented a microscopic 3D printer for patterning semiconductor substrates for fast prototyping with nanometer-scale resolution and licensed it to SwissLitho AG under the NanoFrazor name.
IBM Power 8 Gains User, Skeptic
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4/24/2014   9 comments
Open relationships may be the future, and IBM is one of 26 industry leaders placing bets as part of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on its POWER 8 processor. There is skepticism around whether an open model can be successful in the competitive server market.
IBM Unveils Power8 Chip as Open Hardware
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4/23/2014   11 comments
Google and other OpenPower Foundation partners express interest in IBM's Power8 chip designs and server motherboard specs.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
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4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat
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4/8/2014   10 comments
Apple examined details of Google's Android code in testimony Monday as part of its patent infringement case against Samsung.
As Moore’s Law Slows, Open Hardware Rises
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4/6/2014   7 comments
"We're just at the point where open hardware might have an impact opportunity," said EE Live! keynoter Bunnie Huang, speaking on the future of Moore’s Law and heirloom hardware.
Skeds Slip for Embedded Designs
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4/2/2014   13 comments
More embedded design projects are missing their schedules as the size of design teams is shrinking, according to a new study.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   20 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Intel, Mellanox, Vello Ride Optics
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3/11/2014   1 comment
Intel, Mellanox, Vello, and others detailed new standards efforts in optical networking at the OFC 2014 event.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
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3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
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