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.
Wi-Fi @ 25: A Look Back Slideshow 9/10/2015 7 comments On the 25th anniversary of the first IEEE 802.11 meeting, we take a look back with some of the pioneers of what became Wi-Fi
IoT Nets Snag Wide-Area Player News & Analysis 9/9/2015 2 comments On-Ramp Wireless has renamed itself Ingenu Networks and launched plans for a U.S. national network, the latest in a wide field of nets for the Internet of Things.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC News & Analysis 8/11/2015 12 comments The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
Google Reveals Data Center Net Slideshow 6/18/2015 1 comment Google revealed details of Jupiter, its Openflow-based data center network as a leading example of traction for in software-defined networks.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4 Blog 6/17/2015 Post a comment The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
Google Defines an IoT Layer Blog 6/16/2015 11 comments TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
Facebook Likes Open Networks News & Analysis 6/16/2015 Post a comment A Facebook engineer called for more work on open-source networking hardware and open-source comms software to keep pace with expanding data centers.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo? Engineering Pop Culture! 5/28/2015 8 comments Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
MediaTek Rolls 10-Core Monster Blog 5/12/2015 3 comments MediaTek essentially created an extension of ARM’s big:LITTLE technology with its latest mobile SoC, showing differentiation is still possible in this space.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Bluetooth Does IoT 5+ Ways Slideshow 4/15/2015 5 comments At Bluetooth World, Google, CSR and Nordic Semi proposed separate ways to link a rising tide of Bluetooth devices into the Internet of Things.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos Blog 3/23/2015 1 comment The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2 News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Smart Glasses Go To Work News & Analysis 3/12/2015 1 comment Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better News & Analysis 3/2/2015 13 comments The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
18 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain News & Analysis 2/24/2015 Post a comment Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores News & Analysis 2/23/2015 4 comments EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm News & Analysis 2/22/2015 17 comments Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
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.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015 Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.