Cellular, Wi-Fi Spar Over Spectrum
News & Analysis 8/28/2015 1 comment
Debate around spectrum sharing for next generation communications systems continues, following a recommendation by the industry group Wi-Fi Alliance to withhold certification of LTE-Unlicensed equipment. Licensed and unlicensed spectrum management is a critical concern ahead of an expected boom in data needs and connected devices by 2020.
Video: Two Fritos Cans 'Chatting'
Max’s Cool Beans 8/28/2015 2 comments
Imagine a gaggle of these cans conversing with each other -- their lids and animatronic eyes popping up and down like a demented game of Whac-A-Mole.
Open Source GPU Debuts
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 4 comments
The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
Wearable: ‘Hardware Ponzi Scheme’
Blog 8/27/2015 1 comment
If “fitness bands are like hardware Ponzi schemes” where device suppliers must sell more and more new hardware while amusing bored users, can this be sustainable?
Fabless RF Filters Cut Size, Share Same Die
News & Analysis 8/26/2015 1 comment
The latest high-end smartphones have upwards of 60 discrete radio frequency (RF) filters to address all the bands they must cover worldwide, but Resonant Inc. says it can half that number (or more) plus half their thickness.
Will Apple Build an Entire Car?
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 18 comments
Whether its creators call it ‘iRod’ or ‘iCar,’ Apple has launched a pedal-to-the-metal drive into the automotive industry, while keeping typically mum, according to industry analysts.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee won’t cut it for next-generation nodes on the Internet of Things that need to run on tens of microwatts from energy harvesters, said a Hot Chips presenter.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
If You Give a Nerd a Microscope...
Max’s Cool Beans 8/24/2015 30 comments
Given the right tools -- including a digital microscope -- it's possible for anyone who is reasonable adept to hand-solder electronic systems based on surface-mount technology (SMT).
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
18 Views of #IDF15
Slideshow 8/24/2015 3 comments
This year's Intel developer Forum amped up the theatrics to engage a younger crowd and engage them in IoT and other products beyond Intel's core PC business.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS,
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
Intel RealSense Gets Real
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments
Intel getting real about its 3-D RealSense technology that mimics the human brain to allow developer to perceive the surrounding world and make sense of what it sees.
Max’s Cool Beans 8/19/2015 4 comments
In these uncertain times, designers have to consider security at every point in the system, because each system is only as secure as its weakest link.
Cypress Solar PMICs Charge Indoors
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor announced a new family of solar energy harvesting power management integrated circuits to provide power to wireless sensors nodes that may be in the field for years at a time.
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 17 comments
Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment
Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year's Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.
Metamaterials Single-Out One Voice
News & Analysis 8/17/2015 2 comments
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) has invented a metamaterial-based voice-locator system that can pick out an individual's voice even from a crowded, noisy room.
Rambus to Enter Fabless Chip Biz
News & Analysis 8/17/2015 9 comments
Seizing the opportunity in a growing market of datacenters, Rambus is unveiling a server memory interface chipset. The move is significant because the company will enter a fabless chip business for the first time, instead of IP business.