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Last Man on Earth: How Would You Behave?
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
How do you think you’d behave if you were the last person on earth? Would you run wild and free, or would you try to maintain some sense of decorum?
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
Full Human Head Transplant May Be Closer Than You Think
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4/17/2015   7 comments
Suddenly, some of the things we read in science fiction books don’t seem quite so far-fetched as once they did.
'Connected Home' Key to Intel’s Lantiq Deal
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Intel has formed a freshly minted “Connected Home Division,” which will become a home for Lantiq’s employees and those who are currently working at Intel’s Service Provider Division.
Vision for Machinery Becoming More Affordable
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Machines that can see and act on that information are fitting into more applications, thanks in part to the Internet of Things.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Improving Touchscreen Products Using Silver Nanowire Conductors
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The use of silver nanowires is cost-effectively accelerating the transition to next-generation flexible and wearable devices and -- beyond that -- to products we can only imagine.
FPGA-Based NVM Express Flash Storage Cards in the Data Center
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The advent of FPGA-based flash storage cards enables data centers to customize their solution for maximum performance, storage capacity, and flash durability.
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Bluetooth Does IoT 5+ Ways
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4/15/2015   4 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.
Intel Keeps It Simple for IoT Firmware Developers
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
At IEDF in China, Intel Corp. introduced a free graphical firmware builder targeted at developers not experienced in embedded IoT design.
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   5 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Moore from the Archives
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4/14/2015   1 comment
Moore's law at age 50 continues to be viable but for how long? Here's a look into EE Time's archives, including a link to what Gordon Moore thought of his own law's chances for longevity.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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4/14/2015   7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
Software Testing Needs More Automation
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4/13/2015   1 comment
As software and hackers get more sophisticated, QA testing will gain importance. That will require more software QA engineers and more test automation. Software QA budgets are on the rise.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Prototyping Fest Changes SF Streets
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
The Market Street Prototyping Festival is underway and has transformed sections of San Francisco's main thoroughfare into a maker/designer space.
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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4/10/2015   16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   13 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
Friday Quiz: Near-Field Communications
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
NFC lets devices exchange data for short distances. Test your knowledge of its technology.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
IIoT Ecosystem Beginning to Emerge
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Internet of Things (IoT) application deployment in industry is lagging expectations, as engineers deal with the networking and software complexities of serving field data to multiple applications and clients.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
Sensor Hub Lowers the Power
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4/9/2015   1 comment
QuickLogic announced the world's lowest power sensor hub greatly extending the lifetime of wearables.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek!
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
How exciting! We are currently looking for professors and students to attend our ESC Boston 2015 event through our Embedded Education Program.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Tracking Software in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Software distribution-as-a-Service is a new middleware capability emerging to monitor and manage the health and security of software code and data transported over networks.
What's the Worst Album/CD Ever?
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4/8/2015   78 comments
Once you've listened to '100 Polka Classics -- The Greatest Accordion Collection On Earth,' surely the only direction you can go is up; isn’t it?
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
April 4: The First Telephone Installation
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4/6/2015   18 comments
The first permanent telephone installation was completed on April 4, 1878 between the Alexander Graham Bell's Boston lab and the home of Charles Williams.
Robots Assemble in Silicon Valley
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4/6/2015   1 comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
To suit the ultra low-power needs of many battery-operated devices, SI will develop a power management application programming interface for ARM’s mbed development platforms.
Intel Buys Swiss Smartglasses Startups
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has bought Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, which has developed a see-through display.
Smart Grid Powers Energy Sharing
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
An anti-poverty program in Austin enables peer-to-peer energy sharing thanks to smart grid and Internet technologies.
Which miracle materials are the most promising?
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Which materials from this short list are the most promising for the electronics and semiconductor industries? Select one or more.
2015 ACE Awards to Highlight Industry's Best
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
EE Times' and EDN's annual ACE Awards ceremony brings together the semiconductor industry's movers and shakers to celebrate the year's best achievements.
Let's Talk About Open Source Hardware: The License
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4/2/2015   12 comments
One of the most important aspects of open source is the license that describes how one can modify, distribute, and use the software and/or hardware for commercial applications.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
Wearables Get Mixed Diagnosis
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
A group of doctors recently gave a mixed prognosis for wearable health care devices.
10 Apple Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Apple has a habit of buying tech companies. Let's look at its most recent acquisitions and in what ways each might enhance the company's future.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Embedded Systems That Glow in the Dark
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4/1/2015   4 comments
At ESC Boston 2015, Max Maxfield will be giving a presentation on how radiation can affect electronic components and systems, and how hardware and software developers can mitigate against these effects.
Know Your Open Source License
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
If you think open source means unrestricted use, you need to take another look at licensing.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Festival Redesigns San Francisco
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4/1/2015   2 comments
Fifty projects -- from a life-size replica of San Francisco Chronicle writer Herb Caen’s typewriter, with seats, to a microhousing installation -- will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Organizers hope that some designs will be integrated into the long-term design of SF’s sidewalks.
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