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.
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
Blog 10/23/2015 1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
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.
IoT’s Wireless Horse Race
Blog 7/13/2015 6 comments
In a radio show this week and a live event next week, EE Times hosts contenders for a low cost, wide area network for the Internet of Things.
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.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
IoT Landscape Needs Mapping
Blog 1/27/2015 8 comments
In the first of a series of blogs on the Internet of Things, Larry Mittag outlines the landscape of concerns around constrained resources, network alternatives and security.