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Industrial Control This Week
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
Here's a quick look at industrial control news bits this week. Stay up on who's doing what -- and why.
LG, Sony Disclose Smartwatch Details
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
LG offers more info about its upcoming Android Wear device, while Sony launches new colors and talks apps.
The Death of the Smartphone
Blog  
4/23/2014   6 comments
Carrying four devices -- PC, smartphone, tablet, and wearable -- only leads to more confusion. The question is which device to retire from the fleet. Charlie Cheng says the smartphone is the most vulnerable.
Apple v. Samsung: Google Agreed to Indemnify Samsung
News & Analysis  
4/23/2014   1 comment
Google agreed to indemnify Samsung against some of Apple's claims in the patent infringement lawsuit.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Blog  
4/23/2014   1 comment
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps?
Blog  
4/22/2014   3 comments
Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
News & Analysis  
4/22/2014   9 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Wearable Contest Takes to the Air
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Wearable World, a San Francisco-based wearable Internet of Things startup, announced a competition in partnership with American Airlines for developers interested travel technology. The two-part competition begins June 6 in San Francisco with a final round on July 11 at San Francisco International Airport; winners will get to work on their device with the airline.
Samsung Attacks: Case Against Apple Begins
News & Analysis  
4/22/2014   1 comment
Samsung's infringement complaint against Apple centers on smartphone technology for image storage as well as for video capture, compression, and transmission across devices.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables?
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   6 comments
Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
FPGAs as ASIC Alternatives: Past & Future
Blog  
4/21/2014   10 comments
From the 28nm technology node going forward, the FPGA industry needs to open up for a broad range of innovation so as to continue offering better products.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
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4/21/2014   16 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans
News & Analysis  
4/21/2014   4 comments
Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
Samsung Defense: Marketing Guru vs. Marketing Guru
News & Analysis  
4/19/2014   9 comments
Parade of marketing and programming experts continues as Samsung tries to prove Apple’s reasoning is flawed.
IoT: A Return to Our Favorite EDA Requirements
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4/18/2014   Post a comment
For the electronic design automation (EDA) industry, the Internet of Things (IoT) could represent both a technology advance and a technology reversal.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog  
4/18/2014   43 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
IoT Requires Continuous Development
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things will add so much programmability to devices that keeping software current will become a never-ending task.
Fitness Wearables Lack Accuracy
Blog  
4/18/2014   16 comments
A new generation of wearable fitness sensors is needed to enable consumers to become their own fitness coaches.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
News & Analysis  
4/17/2014   2 comments
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words – So Add One to Your Profile Already!
Blog  
4/17/2014   15 comments
My personal preference is that I like to know who I'm talking to, especially on community-orientated websites like EETimes.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
News & Analysis  
4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
News & Analysis  
4/17/2014   1 comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
The Big Fat Indian Election
Blog  
4/16/2014   6 comments
Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
How the Heartbleed Bug Performs Its Nefarious Activities
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4/16/2014   13 comments
This is the clearest explanation one could possibly get on how the Heartbleed bug works.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   6 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Registration Opens for Microchip's MASTERs Conference
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
This conference is a great chance to meet Microchip's subject-matter experts and their technical partners, and also to meet their distributor's FAEs, design partners, and other users.
AllJoyn: A Common Language for Internet of Things
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   1 comment
Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Bad Assumptions & Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Still Catch Fire
Blog  
4/15/2014   13 comments
Some charging systems have good temperature accuracy, but no cell-balancing capability. Others have good cell-balancing capability, but poor temperature accuracy.
All About Batteries, Part 6: Zinc-Air
Blog  
4/15/2014   2 comments
In this article, we focus on zinc-air batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, and chemistry.
Google's Project ARA Smartphones to Use Lattice ECP5 FPGAs
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   3 comments
Lattice ECP3 and ECP5 FPGAs to be used in Google's Project ARA smartphones to provide connectivity between modules and implement custom functionality.
Sensors & Actuators Market Forecast on 11% CAGR to 2018
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4/15/2014   Post a comment
After a two-year slump, sales of acceleration, yaw, and magnetic sensors are expected to explode this year and for the next three years.
Connectivity & Sensors: Smartphone Essentials
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4/14/2014   Post a comment
What brands of accelerometers, e-compasses, and gyroscopes are in today's smart devices? Teardown.com keeps score.
Live Chat Friday, April 18: Electronic Hobby Projects
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4/14/2014   30 comments
Don't miss our live online chat on Friday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT). This is your chance to meet the EE Times editors and discuss your electronic hobby projects.
Is Internet of Things Hype 'Stuck on Stupid'?
Blog  
4/14/2014   7 comments
Don't be fooled by Internet of Things hype, says Kurt Shuler of SoC IP company Arteris. He argues for more compute power on edges using SoC IP.
TI Unveils Cloud Support Ecosystem for Embedded Developers
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4/14/2014   Post a comment
In what may be a template for processor design support in the IoT era, TI has developed a cloud service ecosystem for its hardware design customers.
IoT Blooms in San Francisco
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   6 comments
A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
Lattice Is Breaking the Rules With ECP5 FPGAs
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   Post a comment
The ECP5 FPGA family has been architected from the ground-up for high volume deployment.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   4 comments
Cisco launches an IoT startup challenge while Texas Instruments names eight companies as the first of a set of IoT cloud service partners.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Slideshow: 10 Things I Saw at Bluetooth World
News & Analysis  
4/9/2014   4 comments
Bluetooth is moving into the Internet of Things in a big way with mesh technology on the horizon and plenty of traction in wearables.
Opal Kelly's Pins Soothe the Pain
News & Analysis  
4/9/2014   Post a comment
If you are using Opal Kelly modules in your designs, then the Pins application is going to make your life much easier.
Vision: Promise & Challenge of Heterogeneous Processing
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Guest blogger Vin Ratford returns to highlight the opportunities and challenges for heterogeneous processors.
The Man Behind pcDuino
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
DCD's (Good Old) 68HC08 MCU Is Going Strong
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   7 comments
The latest version of DCD's binary-compatible 68HC08 8-bit MCU IP core -- the DF6808 – can perform up to 100 million instructions per second.
QuickLogic's Sensor Hub IDE & Dev Board Speeds Customization
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The sensor hub IDE and development board support easy sensor bring-up, sensor algorithm development, and real-time board-level debug for quicker time-to-market.
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