Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car
Blog 9/12/2014 3 comments
New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes
News & Analysis 9/10/2014 4 comments
Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
3D Printer Says Open IP to Make Cool Things
Blog 9/10/2014 Post a comment
Hasbro and Shapeways embarked on a new venture maybe never before attempted by a major brand: allowing fan art to flourish. Duann Scott of 3D-printing platform vendor Shapeways tells how mutually successful the venture was in his talk "Opening Up IP to Make Really Cool Things" at Designer of Things conference.
Edison Leads Intel into Wearables
Slideshow 9/9/2014 9 comments
Intel released its Edison PC on a module, giving away development boards free to attendees at its annual developer forum here in hopes os staking out a position for its x86 in the emerging Internet of Things.
Apple Watch Misnomer: Wireless Charging
Blog 9/9/2014 9 comments
The Apple Watch also came out at Apple's grand debutante ball for the next-gen iPhone. The Cult of Apple may be the kick in pants the smartwatch market needs, but this watch's charging method does little to advance the wireless charging standards battle.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers
News & Analysis 9/9/2014 5 comments
Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
Apple of Greenpeace's Eye?
Blog 9/9/2014 1 comment
Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Smart Shirts Take the Court at US Open
News & Analysis 9/8/2014 2 comments
Tennis fans attending the US Open this year in New York may have a reason to give the ball boys a second look. Several of them will be sporting the latest in wearable technology -- Polo Tech smart shirts designed by Ralph Lauren.
Wearables Wrapup: IFA, Unpacked & Motorola Launch Announcements
Blog 9/8/2014 Post a comment
Last week was a whirlwind of product launches for wearable tech as a couple of big events were held around the world. Asus, Sony, Samsung, and Motorola unveiled technology you can wear on your wrists, your face, and even your ears. We recap the wearables you can expect from these companies this year.
Blog 9/8/2014 5 comments
Flexoelectricity is a rather obscure effect whereby a dielectric can become electrically polarized when bent and, conversely, can bend when polarized -- sort of like the piezoelectric effect, but different.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In
News & Analysis 9/8/2014 21 comments
The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
6 Things I Expect at IDF
News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments
The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge?
News & Analysis 9/4/2014 4 comments
Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Startup Gestures for Home Control
News & Analysis 9/4/2014 Post a comment
Clapping to turn lights on and off may too gimmicky in the unfolding Internet of Things, so a Minnesota startup is taking home automation into the 21st century. Playtabase aims to manufacture its Reemo automation system as a bridge product between ease of access and health.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
IoE: Internet of Earthquakes?
Blog 9/2/2014 9 comments
Wakeup call: Data scientists at Jawbone recently published findings on the quake’s effect on sleep. Ninety-three percent of Jawbone UP wearers in Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield -- all less than 15 miles from the epicenter -- woke up at 3:20 a.m. when shaking began.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip
News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments
Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
IoT Gives Old Technology New Life
News & Analysis 9/2/2014 2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor sees a great deal of potential for SONOS technology, dating back to the 1960s, for addressing scaling and power challenges in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.