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Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: The Base PCB
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11/21/2014   6 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, including designing the base PCB on which the cube will be mounted.
Experts Call for Secure Sensors
News & Analysis  
11/21/2014   1 comment
Sensor nodes are the most vulnerable point of attack in an Internet of Things ecosystem, so securing the trillions of sensors industry experts expect is of the utmost concern.
Test Your Way to a Better IoT
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11/21/2014   Post a comment
Better design and test procedures will lead to much lower maintenance costs than for systems where those precautions have not been taken.
How to Help STEM the Tide of Unfilled Tech Jobs
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11/21/2014   9 comments
How do we inspire the next generation to be creators, not just consumers, of technology?
12 Startups I Saw at Demo
Slideshow  
11/21/2014   3 comments
The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
News & Analysis  
11/21/2014   3 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Intel Expects 2015 Mobile Speedup
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11/21/2014   7 comments
Intel is back on track with mobile, company officials said at an annual investor meeting.
Want to Present a Paper at ESC Boston 2015?
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11/20/2014   8 comments
If you are interested in presenting a paper on the technical stage or at the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation, here's how to submit an abstract.
What Are You Wearing?
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11/20/2014   5 comments
The wearables market is at $6 billion this year and is expected to rise to $33 billion by 2019. What are you wearing? What will you be wearing soon?
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life
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11/19/2014   7 comments
Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
IoT Territorial Disputes
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11/19/2014   Post a comment
With plenty of room for the IoT nebula to share data, the Internet of Things network infrastructure game gears up.
Secure Software Needs a Process
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11/19/2014   4 comments
Processes exist but have yet to be broadly applied for developing reliable and secure software, says Dave Hughes, founder of HCC Embedded.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
7 Controllers for Internet of Things
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11/18/2014   15 comments
Here are 7 up-and-coming controllers for Internet of Things as seen at 2014 Electronica show last week.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   2 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Ericsson Forecasts 9.5B Smartphone Subs by 2020
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   3 comments
Although the smartphone market is near saturated in certain regions, officials at Ericsson believe there is much more space for connection. In its annual mobility report, the company forecast increasing mobile subscriptions and connections through 2020.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   4 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   Post a comment
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
The Role of QA
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11/17/2014   Post a comment
Delivering high quality doesn't mean leaning on QA to find your errors. Quality assurance is not supposed to find bugs.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
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11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
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11/14/2014   9 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
Why Samsung Dragged Nvidia’s Customer in GPU Fight
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11/13/2014   12 comments
The Korean electronics giant countersued Nvidia in graphics IP fight, and dragged Nvidia customer Velocity Micro into the fight.
Not-Spots Now... Really?
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11/13/2014   3 comments
The Battle of Britain: Political attempts to stamp out the not-spot run afoul of the Home Office.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
News & Analysis  
11/13/2014   6 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   2 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   14 comments
Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   2 comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
IoT Poses New Challenges to Test Service Providers
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Motion and acceleration sensors in some cases accelerate as high as 100g to 10 times higher than what electronics in a fighter jet are exposed to. How do you test for that?
Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
MEMS Sensor Hub Goes All-in-One
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   5 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. offers all-in-one sensor hub including the MEMS sensors and bifurcates into two companies.
New FPGA-based USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller From SLS
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   1 comment
By taking advantage of the FPGA's integrated transceivers, this new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller IP from System Level Solutions removes the need for an external USB PHY chip.
Gizmo 2 SBC for Embedded Systems & Maker-Pro DIYers
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   18 comments
The Gizmo 2 is an extremely powerful CPU+GPU-based open-source platform for embedded systems and DIY programmers wanting to take things to the next level.
CogniVue, Fraunhofer Debut Supersmall Camera at Electronica
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   3 comments
Fraunhofer's driver-assist microcamera, exhibited this week at Electronica in Munich, uses CogniVue's image processing technology and a Freescale Semiconductor image cognition processor based on CogniVue's IP.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   3 comments
AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
CDOs Replace CIOs? I'm Not Buying It
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11/10/2014   Post a comment
Marketing-minded chief digital officers aren't technical enough to lead the changes that companies need to make.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing
News & Analysis  
11/10/2014   5 comments
With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
Plan Long Term for Industrial Internet Security
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11/7/2014   Post a comment
With industrial control systems becoming network-connected, security risks rise and will need a long-term solution.
Silego Poised to Announce GPAK4 Mixed-Signal FPGA
Blog  
11/7/2014   13 comments
The really exciting "hot off the press" and "you read it here first" news is that Silego is poised to announce a new GPAK4 family of mixed-signal FPGAs.
NXP's Ultra-Low-Power LPC54100 MCUs for Always-On Sensor Apps
News & Analysis  
11/7/2014   18 comments
LPC54100 MCUs boast dual processors: a Cortex-M0+ for listening, data aggregation, and management functions, and a Cortex-M4F for math-intensive sensor fusion algorithms.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT
News & Analysis  
11/7/2014   9 comments
Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Vetinari Clock: Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tinkles
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/6/2014   61 comments
We've reached the stage where we have to decide what operating modes we wish to implement and which sounds we'll use to accompany and complement these modes.
NXP Gives Android Its Apple Pay
Blog  
11/6/2014   2 comments
NXP, having worked with Apple on Apple Pay, now launches its PN66T module for secure NFC mobile transactions -- for Android.
Will You Buy Accident-Free Cars?
Blog  
11/6/2014   23 comments
I've often thought of driver assistance systems as high-end "fancy features" -- more convenient than necessary. Can a case be made?
MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
News & Analysis  
11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source
News & Analysis  
11/6/2014   7 comments
A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
Video Insights for IoT Designs
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
Limited or expensive network bandwidth drives a number of considerations for video systems designed for the Internet of Things.
Simulation 'Unknowns' & Synthesis 'Don’t Cares'
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11/5/2014   1 comment
The sheer complexity and common use of power management schemes increase the likelihood of an unknown “X” state in the design translating into a functional bug in the final chip.
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