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Sony Joins FDSOI Club
News & Analysis  
1/30/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/30/2015   13 comments
Things are really starting to come together with regard to Max's Vetinari Clock. The meters and vacuum tube are mounted in the prototype awaiting the installation of the electronics.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots
News & Analysis  
1/30/2015   4 comments
Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Broadcom Flips on Future Set Tops
News & Analysis  
1/29/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom is nestled between traditional cable companies and newer over the top content providers, which are both battling and enabling each other in a fight for viewers and dollars.
Introducing USB Type-C -- USB for 21st Century Systems
Blog  
1/29/2015   60 comments
Industry leaders are poised to start rolling out devices enabled with a new form of USB -- USB Type-C -- featuring a small, robust connector that can handle 20 Gbps and 100W.
Chinese Walls and Back Doors
Blog  
1/29/2015   14 comments
Qualcomm and U.S. industry are the losers as China’s antitrust regulators help build a new wall around China's semiconductor industry.
Is Internet of Things an Economic Bubble?
Flash Poll  
1/28/2015   Post a comment
Is the Internet of Things creating an economic bubble along the lines of the dot.com boom and bust of 10 years ago?
Connected Car: Dramatic Growth Ahead
News & Analysis  
1/28/2015   7 comments
Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth in connected car sales — and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors.
What Drove CES 2015 Innovation? IP and IP Subsystems
Blog  
1/28/2015   4 comments
How do we manage all those blocks in an age of exploding block usage?
The Problem with Big Data
Blog  
1/28/2015   9 comments
There is a lot of potential in Big Data, but only if we dial down the hype and focus on building solid analytic foundations.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
News & Analysis  
1/28/2015   5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
News & Analysis  
1/28/2015   3 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales
News & Analysis  
1/27/2015   6 comments
Apple announced record financial results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Record revenues, shipments, and a general bullish attitude were due in great part to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Pay.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
Blog  
1/27/2015   Post a comment
As consumer and industrial IoT adoption rises, so does the risk for cyber-attacks. Here's what happened in 2014, as a reminder and warning.
IoT Landscape Needs Mapping
Blog  
1/27/2015   8 comments
In the first of a series of blogs on the Internet of Things, Larry Mittag outlines the landscape of concerns around constrained resources, network alternatives and security.
Analog, Embedded Drive TI Upwards in 2014
News & Analysis  
1/27/2015   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has reported a net income of $825 million on fourth quarter 2014 revenue of $3.27 billion.
Disturbed by Superhuman?
Blog  
1/27/2015   15 comments
How much of this advancement toward “superhuman” abilities enabled by technological means will be deemed socially legitimate and psychologically healthy?
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
News & Analysis  
1/27/2015   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
News & Analysis  
1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
10 Eye-Opening IC Insights
Slideshow  
1/25/2015   1 comment
The semiconductor industry will step ahead at a decent 7% growth pace in 2015, with foundries and fabless growing in double digits – but look out for 2018.
New Technology Detects Cyberattacks By Power Consumption
Blog  
1/24/2015   3 comments
Startup's "power fingerprinting" approach catches stealthy malware within milliseconds in DOE test.
BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps
Blog  
1/23/2015   4 comments
CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone?
4 Takeaways From Accenture's $14 Trillion IoT Prediction
Blog  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
Accenture's report says the industrial Internet of Things will create more jobs than it kills, but that companies aren't doing much to exploit it yet.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
News & Analysis  
1/23/2015   5 comments
2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly
News & Analysis  
1/22/2015   Post a comment
Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
Is Your System Cyber-Secure?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/22/2015   38 comments
What anti-malware tools and techniques do you use? What would you recommend, and what would you not touch with a ten-foot pole?
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
News & Analysis  
1/22/2015   2 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
News & Analysis  
1/21/2015   20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
B&B Bringing Legacy Systems into Industrial IoT
News & Analysis  
1/21/2015   Post a comment
With a name change and a new partner program, B&B SmartWorx takes aim at the Industrial Internet of Things.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
News & Analysis  
1/21/2015   5 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
Wearable Apps Need Some Tailoring
Blog  
1/21/2015   1 comment
Wearables represent a huge emerging market for app developers but require significant tailoring in what data is captured and how it is presented, according to a new white paper.
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Will Blow Your Mind
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   50 comments
ESC Minneapolis 2015 will feature presentations that will first blow your mind and then blow your socks off, or vice versa.
5 Power Trends Will Pay Off Soon
Blog  
1/21/2015   Post a comment
Improvements at the micro level of power management have been slow but steady over the last few years, but the real action in power management is at the macro, big-picture level, where a number of long term trends are starting to make their mark.
Ambiq Micro's Apollo MCUs Redefine Ultra-Low-Power Category
Blog  
1/20/2015   21 comments
An order of magnitude improvement in active-mode power consumption has the potential to be a real game-changer by furnishing designers with more design options.
CMOSIS Considering IPO
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
Namedropping: The Many Names of Internet of Things
Blog  
1/20/2015   2 comments
IoT used to have many names before we settled on Internet of Things. Now we have one name but can't agree on what it means.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech
News & Analysis  
1/20/2015   4 comments
Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Drones and Wearables App Store Launches
News & Analysis  
1/20/2015   9 comments
World's first app store for Internet of Things devices will come from the makers of Ubuntu Linux.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
News & Analysis  
1/20/2015   43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
MEMS Group Targets IoT
News & Analysis  
1/19/2015   Post a comment
MEMS Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman sat down with EE Times at International CES in Las Vegas to discuss the sensor-rich future and how sensor fusion will meet function in the Internet of Things.
May 29, 2057 -- Mark the Date!
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/15/2015   34 comments
In which Max starts to cogitate and ruminate over the types of embedded systems we might expect to see by the time his 100th Birthday celebrations commence.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic
News & Analysis  
1/15/2015   27 comments
The Internet of Things could be smaller or come more slowly than anyone expects, said a McKinsey analyst, who warns of other surprising shifts from smartphones to China.
Why Going to Engineering Conferences Is Important
Blog  
1/15/2015   9 comments
Engineering conferences offer many benefits to the companies who send their employees as attendees and presenters, advantages that more than offset any time out of the office and associated expenses.
Transient Defects Can Be Difficult to Diagnose
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/14/2015   35 comments
It can be extremely frustrating to see transient errors flicker in and out of existence. It's even worse when applying diagnostic tools causes the error to disappear.
Nielsen Provides Internet Video Metrics
Blog  
1/14/2015   Post a comment
To evaluate OTT viewing in metered households, Nielsen adds a dongle that detects the IP packets associated with video streaming content in WiFi traffic to the TV.
Bloopers Book Helps Improve GUI Development
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/13/2015   2 comments
With the rising popularity of touchscreen controls, the need for well-considered graphical user interfaces (GUIs) has become paramount. This book can help.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
News & Analysis  
1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
CES 2015: MEMS that Wearables/IoT Need
Slideshow  
1/12/2015   2 comments
The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) sponsored a day-long conference track at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) called “Sensors and MEMS Technology" which featured how wearable and Internet of Things (IoTs) being enabled by the low-power requirements and unique features of MEMS.
IoT Needs More Than Moore
Blog  
1/12/2015   1 comment
The Internet of Things requires specialty processes, pioneered by smartphone chips, to create optimal IoT silicon, says a TSMC executive.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
News & Analysis  
1/12/2015   8 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
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Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
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