iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian News & Analysis 11/19/2014 7 comments Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
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.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source News & Analysis 11/6/2014 7 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.
Sensors Build Case Against Cold News & Analysis 9/29/2014 7 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.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 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.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 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.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 14 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? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs News & Analysis 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?
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves News & Analysis 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%.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’ News & Analysis 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.
The Man Behind pcDuino News & Analysis 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.
As Moore’s Law Slows, Open Hardware Rises News & Analysis 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.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.