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Friday Quiz: Data Communications
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5/29/2015   Post a comment
Test your knowledge of the OSI 7-layer protocol stack.
Thank You, Albert Einstein for GPS
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5/29/2015   Post a comment
Crazy ideas like time slowing down with velocity or mass bending the curvature of a four dimensional fabric called space-time are critical for GPS to work.
Huawei vs. Xiaomi: China in Microcosm
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5/29/2015   Post a comment
Huawei’s technological prowess in telecom and Xiaomi’s agility in China’s consumer electronics market illustrate both companies’ potential and their weaknesses. Understanding the differences offers a glimpse into the future -- where China is guiding the global electronics industry.
Google Rolls Android M, IoT OS
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Developers were audibly excited by the bevy of improvements and added features on the newest Android release, Android M. Google is unlikely to have satisfied hardware engineers, who may have been hoping for a next-generation device.
Avago-Broadcom Deal: What’s in It for You?
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5/28/2015   5 comments
Where is the affinity – or any apparent good vibe – connecting Avago to Broadcom?
Internet of Things Creates Opportunity Bubble for Analog
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
The analog devices play a special role in the Internet of Things (IoT) and will have an impact on electronics sales.
Chips Make Change in Emerging Markets
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
The chief executive of ARM challenges engineers to put today's technologies to use in developing markets.
Xray Sensor Startup Raises Funds
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
MultiX SA has developed a sensor the ME100 based on CdTe and CdZnTe crystal material. This together with a signal conditioning ASIC and high-speed front-end electronics is capable of measuring the energy of each incident x-ray photon.
Introducing the Cubic Board -- A Completely Open Source FPGA Project
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5/27/2015   7 comments
One of the main design considerations for the FPGA-based Cubic Board was to make it easily accessible to both software and hardware developers.
Gaming Helps Tool Emulate True Power Peaks
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5/27/2015   1 comment
Mentor Graphics' Veloce Power Application software identifies power consumption problems in emulation, enabling them to be nixed before fabrication.
IoT Security Groundswell Gathers
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
After plenty of talk, a wave of real action aimed at solving the Internet of Things's security problems is on the rise.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016
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5/27/2015   4 comments
Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Implanted Biosensor Can Be Wirelessly Charged
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
A laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed an implantable biosensor that can report measurements wirelessly and powered by a battery worn on the skin.
Waving the Flag
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5/26/2015   2 comments
Economic espionage in the electronics industry is really the issue?
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method
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5/26/2015   2 comments
Xiaomi is on a spending spree lately in hopes of expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones. But textbook business-school investment strategies probably won’t cut it. After all, Xiaomi is no Google –- at least not yet. So what to do?
The (Power) Answer Is Blowing In The Wind
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5/26/2015   2 comments
As a leading source of green energy, wind power is on a roll. Total installed capacity in the US grew from 2.5GW in 2001 to over 66GW in 2014. That's only good enough for No. 2, though – China is the world’s wind power leader with over 115GW of installed capacity.
Smart Factories Meet AI
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5/25/2015   1 comment
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
New Tool Automates Register Verification Process for FPGA, SoC & IP Designs
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5/22/2015   Post a comment
Registers are one of the first aspects of the design that must be tested because they contain the configuration settings for the hardware and are the basis of the hardware/software interface.
Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
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5/22/2015   4 comments
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Quarter-Sized, Magnetically Stackable Modules for Students and Makers
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/21/2015   5 comments
mCookies are small, powerful, Arduino-compatible modules for makers, designers, engineers, students, and curious tinkerers of all ages
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
News & Analysis  
5/21/2015   2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Mao Zedong & Little Red Internet
Engineering Investigations  
5/21/2015   10 comments
Linking Internet leaders like Jack Ma with Chairman Mao
Self-Driving Cars Without Passengers
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5/21/2015   3 comments
Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is aiming for self-driving cars that you drop off at garage and then let them find a space and plug into recharge.
Apple Watch, Android Wear Updates Begin
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5/20/2015   2 comments
The first update for the Apple Watch makes performance improvements across the board, while Google is finally sending Android 5.1.1 to its line of Android Wear wearables.
Crowdfunding Gives IoT a Boost
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
Wearable startups are getting more attention these days -- from chip makers, vendors, consumers, and even some venture capitalists – and there’s a lot of interest in novel hardware implementations. Speakers at Wearable World Congress, held here May 19-20, said new ways of finding funding have led to an explosion of hardware-related companies.
Software Secure? Good! But What About the Hardware (FPGAs & SoCs)?
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5/20/2015   1 comment
The Prospect Hardware Security Design and Analysis Toolkit from Tortuga Logic is a valuable addition to the Design-for-Security arsenal.
ITU Targets 5G Wireline Standards
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5/20/2015   1 comment
International Telecommunications Union is forming a working group on prepping existing landline networks to be backbone of 5G.
Wearables Pocket IoT Crowdfunding
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
Incubator Wearable World hosted an event to showcase the intersection of crowdsourced startups and big-name tech scrambling for position in the emerging sector of the Internet of Things.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
Festo's Smart Robotics Aimed at SMC
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5/19/2015   5 comments
Festo Didati GmbH & Co KG (Denkendorf, Germany)
IoT Security Faces Policy Gap
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5/19/2015   1 comment
The Internet of Things can bring down barriers that currently exist between vertical markets and domains so valuable information can be shared more readily to everyone’s benefit. The value of moving data easily among sensors, devices and the cloud is clear, but enabling this capability raises serious privacy and security issues that we must address to foster the continued advancement of the IoT.
ARM, UMC to Roll 55nm Ultra-Low Power IoT Chips
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
ARM and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) announced Monday what they say is the first availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm for development of embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Mercedes-Benz Integrates Navigation with Apple Watch
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Daimler has introduced an intelligent integration between Apple Watch and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with its new MB Companion App.
Touch This: Silver Nanowires Are Revolutionizing the CE/Human Interface
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5/18/2015   1 comment
In tablets, smartphones, and wearables, silver nanowire film-based transparent conductors can create thinner, lighter, and stronger touchscreens.
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock
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5/18/2015   1 comment
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
Maker Movement Turns 10
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5/18/2015   11 comments
Maker Faire and Arduino both celebrate tenth anniversaries this year with youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact at an annual gathering.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
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5/18/2015   5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Semi IP Licensing Growth Slows, Vendor Ranking Stabilizes
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
The pace of growth for the market for semiconductor intellectual property (IP) slowed in 2014 after four years of double-digit percentage annual increases, according to market research firm Gartner Inc.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
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5/15/2015   1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
Q'comm Rolls Wi-Fi Chips for IoT
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Qualcomm Atheros rolled out two new Wi-Fi chips aimed at end nodes and hubs in the Internet of Things and packing more memory and punch than some existing IoT parts.
IoT Clash Over 900 MHz Options
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5/14/2015   1 comment
As millions, billions, or trillions (depending which analysis you trust) of devices get connected to the Internet over the next few years, making sure those devices are able to connect easily and across protocols will be a major challenge. Samsung announced that its new Internet of Things module, Artik, will support a new networking structure that can overcome technical issues.
SiLabs Marches to a Different Drummer
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs gives full attention to the Universal Serial Bus in new low power Cortex-M0+ based microcontroller family.
Where will the growth be in IoT?
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5/14/2015   2 comments
GSA published a report Internet of Things, where 48 percent of the CEOs interviewed thought IoT would be one of the top three growth drivers for the semiconductor industry and 17 percent ranked it first. What do you think will be the top driver of semiconductor industry in near term (5 years)?
IoT Anxieties in McKinsey-GSA Study
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5/14/2015   12 comments
Has the chip industry begun tampering down the financial market’s high hopes for an IoT gold rush?
Network Configurations Affect Test-Equipment Preferences
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5/13/2015   Post a comment
Self-organizing networks and centralized radio access networks expected will have significant impact on network operator's preferences of test equipment.
13 Views of IoT World
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5/13/2015   5 comments
Plans for thousands of high end WiFi kiosks and low data rate Sigfox base stations were highlights 0f the Internet of Things World event here.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
News & Analysis  
5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
Model Trains Put Strain on Batteries, AC Power
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5/13/2015   8 comments
Sometimes the obvious, free, and available power rail is not the right path for reliable power delivery, but you stick with it until new technologies allow better alternatives.
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