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IoT Sensor Networks Seek Routes
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Sensor networks for the Internet of Things present some unique routing challenges, writes consultant Larry Mittag.
It's an Analog World
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
It's an Analog World: A handful of companies have risen to the challenge of specifying and supporting programmable analog chips.
Smartwatches, Ultra-Thin Notebooks, Odd IoT: Gadgets For Spring
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
You've heard all about the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6. But what else is new in the gadgetverse?
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
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3/30/2015   5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
5 Don’ts and Do’s for Working with a Contract Manufacturer
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
Heeding these ten tips can prevent headaches when using contract manufacturing.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek! Using Arduinos & ChipKITs for Rapid Prototyping
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
At ESC Silicon Valley 2015, Duane Benson will be giving a presentation on his experiences in using the Arduino for the rapid prototyping of his projects.
IoT Should Not Wait for Standards
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3/30/2015   6 comments
It’s too early to start setting standards for the Internet of Things, argues the head of IoT at Xchanging.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   3 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
March 28 is Arduino Day -- Break Out the Party Hats!
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3/27/2015   10 comments
On 3/28/2015, the folks at SparkFun are offering up to 30% off some of their favorite Arduino/Arduino compatible boards and a whole slew of Arduino accessories.
Linux Seeks Security, Unity
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3/27/2015   3 comments
Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR
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3/26/2015   9 comments
When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
Single-Chip FPGA-Based Embedded Vision & Fusion Analytics Solutions
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3/26/2015   9 comments
The idea here is to perform 'processing on the edge' -- to analyze a video stream and to only transmit useful information like 'Send help -- a car just crashed at these GPS coordinates.'
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Sneak Peek! Baking Pis in Africa
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Do you want to hear tall tales of rafting the Nile and driving 8,000 miles from Nairobi to Johannesburg and back in the name of product testing?
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
The latest highlights from DARPA's years-long robotics competition show us just how creative we can be. Here's what you need to know in advance of the grand finale in June.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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3/26/2015   5 comments
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
MCU Vendors Engaging in Low-Power Leapfrog
News & Analysis  
3/25/2015   8 comments
Competition to be the low-power MCU leader has resulted in a burst of product introductions, but it is the developer who will ultimately win.
5 Steps to Securing the IoT
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
A handful of simple principles can help engineers build more secure designs targeting the Internet of Things (IoT).
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much
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3/25/2015   9 comments
At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Helping Tokyo Olympics Tech Drive Succeed
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Japan is faced with challenges that ADAS intends to solve -- safer driving.
Net Neutrality Rules Facing First Lawsuits
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
The FCC's new net neutrality rules are facing their first challenge from a number of industry trade groups, which have backing from companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Inside the Measurement Pillow
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3/24/2015   3 comments
EE Times' test & measurement editor spoke with Dr. Rick Loos, who is developing a pillow that will measure your movement as you sleep.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! See Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Attendees to the forthcoming ESC Boston 2015 will be able to attend a presentation by Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen titled: "The Luke Arm and Other Developments at DEKA Research"
Mothers of Innovation: 12 Women Engineers and Scientists to Know
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3/23/2015   3 comments
Here are 12 women engineers and scientists who many likely will not know but should for their significant contributions to engineering, science, technology and mathematics.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company: Engineered to Perfection
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3/20/2015   3 comments
Short Circuit Stout, Wheatstone Bridge, and Ampere Amber are three of the craft beers on tap at a micro-brewery owned by three—maybe you guessed who already?--electrical engineers.
New Usecases Broaden Mobile ID, NFC
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
Strong smartcard and mobile ID solutions can help provide secure access and identification for devices, services, and official documents.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
PCB-Friendly Motion Module Targets Sensor Hubs
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3/20/2015   1 comment
To make nine axis sensor hub capabilities available for many embedded IoT apps, Microchip has developed a coin cell sized module that can fit onto any space constrained design.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Apple's ResearchKit: Is Open Source Good for Your and Apple's Health?
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
ResearchKit has potential for Apple's customers, and for the computing and communications world more generally, but there are also a few concerns.
12 Cool Applications of the Industrial IoT
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
The Industrial IoT is not merely a vision of the future, it is here and now as this slideshow demonstrates.
Is It OK To Experiment on Family Members?
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3/19/2015   76 comments
If one were to find oneself in possession of a wireless device whose sole function was to go "ping," one could perform an interesting experiment.
MediaTek Sees IoT as Its Next Growth Driver
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, says it expects IoT to become its next big growth driver once the smartphone business starts to lose steam.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Designing IoT security from the ground up!
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
One of the topics that is near and dear to Max's heart at the moment is the concept of security as it pertains to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Can You Use Supercaps to Power Electric Vehicles?
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3/18/2015   5 comments
The high energy density of supercapacitors makes them seem like a good fit for EVs compared to batteries, and one such suggestion was awarded an honorable mention—but is it really technically viable, or even a good idea?
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
News & Analysis  
3/17/2015   6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
Desirable Doodads That Will Have You Drooling With Desire
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3/17/2015   12 comments
In which we discover some amazing contraptions and mind-boggling mechanisms that leave us gasping in awe.
Bioinspired Imaging Technologies and Techniques
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3/17/2015   Post a comment
The October 2014 Proceedings of the IEEE, Volume 102, Number 10, was a special issue on bioinspired imaging techniques and technologies that may revolutionize embedded systems of the future.
IoT Won’t Need a Unified Platform
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3/17/2015   2 comments
The Internet of Things does not need a unified platform, despite fears of a standards war, fragmentation and food fights to get a piece of the IoT.
Insects Harnessed for Surveillance
News & Analysis  
3/17/2015   5 comments
Cooperative research between U.S. and China results in a cyborg beetle that can be flown by remote control for surveillance.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
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3/16/2015   14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Vetinari Clock: Lighting the Vacuum Tube with Tri-Colored LEDs
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3/16/2015   6 comments
As you'll see in this video, some of the effects Max is achieving with tri-colored LEDs mounted under a vacuum tube are pretty awesome.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 1
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3/13/2015   2 comments
If you don't get 100% on this quiz, it's time to go back to school.
Tri-Core Sensor Hub Ups Ante: Sensors Included
News & Analysis  
3/13/2015   1 comment
Invensense claims to have the world's first system-in-package to act not only as a 6-axis inertial sensor, but also as a programmable hub for all the other sensors in a smartphone.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast
News & Analysis  
3/13/2015   9 comments
Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
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