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Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for Augmented Reality
News & Analysis  
1/26/2015   6 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
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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
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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   27 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
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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   8 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   42 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
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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   26 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
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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   7 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.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit
News & Analysis  
1/12/2015   14 comments
Although Broadcom's connectivity business has been excellent, the company may face stiff competition from Chinese fabless companies that are licensing connectivity IP cores. We caught up with Broadcom CEO at CES.
The Thing Is...
Blog  
1/11/2015   5 comments
"Thing" is a word that encompasses everything, goes with anything and clarifies just about nothing.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product
News & Analysis  
1/9/2015   2 comments
Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
CES Reveals IoT Not Ready for ‘iPhone Moment’
Blog  
1/9/2015   32 comments
CES has a lot connected hardware but where is the 'oh, that’s really easy' surprise?
IoT Feels Unintended Consequences
Blog  
1/8/2015   13 comments
The Internet of Things will require more horsepower in datacenter servers and flexibility at end nodes for security -- issues that play well to FPGAs.
FCC Chairman at CES Takes Net Neutrality Pledge
News & Analysis  
1/8/2015   19 comments
FCC Chairman said at CES, “We need to propose a rule that says there will be no blocking [of access], no throttling, no paid prioritization. We need a yardstick against which [ISPs’] performance should be measured.”
No Fee DIY Home Security Kit Debuts at CES
News & Analysis  
1/8/2015   2 comments
Echostar brings a DIY home-security system called Sage to CES that promises no monthly service fees.
CES: Bosch Aims to Connect Whole World
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1/8/2015   Post a comment
Bosch has its finger in every pie of IoT, worldwide connectivity and both consumer and industrial automation, says Bosch board member Werner Struth in his CES keynote.
CES 2015: Lenovo, Asus, ZTE Debut Android Smartphones
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1/7/2015   Post a comment
Android smartphones were plentiful at CES, but some of the industry's biggest players didn't show up.
The Indian IoT Ideathon
India Chip Chat  
1/7/2015   7 comments
How one entrepreneur in India is creating an IoT hackathon culture.
MediaTek Wins Sony as Best Friend, Guns for High End
News & Analysis  
1/7/2015   1 comment
The MediaTek president used the CES to disclose two things: Sony is MediaTek's "most important friend" -- in a partnership that led to the world's first Android TV, and MediaTek’s unequivocal share in the global TV SoC market.
It's Not the Size of Your ... or Is It?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/7/2015   50 comments
It cannot be denied that people do tend to look at you with more respect if you can show them something of a size and grandeur they've not seen before.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module
News & Analysis  
1/7/2015   13 comments
Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
WiGig Gives a Leg Up on 5G
Blog  
1/7/2015   2 comments
Engineers can get a leg up on tomorrow's 5G technologies by working with 60 GHz WiGig products today, says the chief marketing officer of Blu Wireless Technology.
Samsung Bolsters Mobile Memory
News & Analysis  
1/7/2015   1 comment
Higher quality video processing, increasing expectations for compute power, IoT, and sensors are driving demand for mobile memory. Samsung hopes to meet this need with its LPDDR4 and wearable-specific chips.
CES Sampler: Selfie Drones, Mobile Health
Slideshow  
1/6/2015   3 comments
There's no place like the International CES to discover a wonderland of devices, services, goodies, and toys fit for every tech lover. We compiled our favorite gadgets from several showcase events, from drones to connected bicycles.
Selfies 2.0
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/6/2015   17 comments
This super-simple device provides you with the ability to take a new generation of selfies that will make your friends green with envy.
CES 2015: Year Of The What?
Flash Poll  
1/6/2015   1 comment
Having trouble deciding what to call CES this year? This poll may help you decide.
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