IoT Network Calls for Sensors News & Analysis 5/5/2016 3 comments Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results News & Analysis 5/4/2016 3 comments One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive? News & Analysis 4/14/2016 5 comments The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
5G Work Starts in Earnest News & Analysis 4/13/2016 1 comment This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
Bluetooth Gets a Boost News & Analysis 3/15/2016 3 comments Bluetooth Low Energy will get faster speeds, longer range and mesh support later this year to compete with Zigbee and 6LoWPAN.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint Slideshow 3/10/2016 7 comments Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
Broadcom Identifies $300M Cuts News & Analysis 3/3/2016 13 comments A month after Avago closed the $37 billion deal to acquire Broadcom it created as many as 24 new divisions and announced plans to discontinue $300 million non-core businesses.
Cisco Rolls 16nm ASICs News & Analysis 3/1/2016 2 comments Cisco rolled its first 16nm ASICs for new data center switches that leapfrog capabilities of Broadcom's chips.
Startup, with Mixed-Signal ASICs, to Boost 4G Capacity News & Analysis 2/29/2016 3 comments Blue Danube Systems, a startup with a unique 3D beamforming based on its own mixed-signal ASICs, is pitching high-definition antenna systems that increase by tenfold the average LTE spectrum efficiency of a typical base station.
Ethernet Picks up the Pace Blog 2/26/2016 Post a comment The industry is counting on getting new Ethernet solutions at a faster rate, according to the chairman of the Ethernet Alliance who reviews what’s in the pipeline.
Mars and Other Challenges Slideshow 2/19/2016 Post a comment NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Maxim Goes on a Diet Blog 2/17/2016 1 comment The analog power house faces a paradox: Trim down to appeal to investors, but continue to invest in industry-leading products.
LinkedIn Refines its Network News & Analysis 2/11/2016 4 comments Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE News & Analysis 2/9/2016 16 comments Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
19 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/5/2016 3 comments Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Analog’s Super Bowl by the Bay Blog 2/4/2016 8 comments Analog had its own Super Bowl of sorts with ISSCC in San Francisco and an annual gathering of tech gurus in the South Bay. Veteran commentator Steve Ohr gives us the play-by-play.
16 Insights on ICs Slideshow 1/29/2016 5 comments At a talk in Silicon Valley semiconductor market guru Bill McClean predicted 4% growth in 2016 for the consolidating industry, but said China is a wild card.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War News & Analysis 1/15/2016 1 comment Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
3GPP Lost its Way in IoT Blog 12/3/2015 1 comment With decades of experience connecting the world and a membership that includes all major technology and service providers, 3GPP should be the default provider of IoT connectivity. But the 3GPP membership is failing the industry by forgetting the fundamentals that made it a success in the first place -- providing one universal technology.
T.J. Rodgers on Mergers, IoT, More News & Analysis 12/3/2015 Post a comment T.J. Rodgers said the chip industry’s merger mania could continue for another two years in an interview where the Cypress CEO gave an update on his deals and his drive into Bluetooth.
IC Merger Mania Hits Fever Pitch Blog 12/2/2015 1 comment With the announcement that Microsemi outbid Skyworks for PMC-Sierra, the total value of semiconductor industry acquisitions announced in 2015 eclipsed the $100 billion mark.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles News & Analysis 12/2/2015 Post a comment More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
Facebook Shifts Switch to 100G News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment Facebook announced it is designing a 100 Gbit/second top-of-rack switch for its next-generation data centers, reportedly using Broadcom’s Tomahawk chip.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa News & Analysis 11/10/2015 Post a comment Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.