Wearables Get Their Own MEMS Slideshow 6/16/2015 3 comments Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometers designed specifically for the low-power requirements of battery-powered wearables to extend their battery life, which could make the difference between success and failure in the marketplace.
Fairchild Out "Smarts" Dumb MEMS News & Analysis 6/16/2015 7 comments Fairchild announced its entry into the MEMS market -- under its own label -- last year, even though its been a MEMS foundry since 2001 from which it gained the experience to build "smart" high-end devices with built-in DSPs that it claims reduces power over competing high-accuracy six axis inertial measurement units (IMUs).
Google Defines an IoT Layer Blog 6/16/2015 11 comments TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
HTC: Asus Can't Buy Us News & Analysis 6/15/2015 Post a comment HTC issued a thanks but no thanks-style response after an Asus executive floated the idea that it could purchase the smartphone manufacturer.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth News & Analysis 6/12/2015 1 comment Wearables and home devices are likely to lead growth in the IoT business during the rest of this decade, according to semiconductor companies and industry analysts at the Computex Taipei show that wrapped up last week.
Yole Predicts the 'Sensorization' of Modern Life News & Analysis 6/12/2015 Post a comment After the consumerization of electronics – which took the semiconductor industry from something driven by enterprise computing to its current position as the supply of components of mobile devices – comes the sensorization of electronics, and of our lives. That is according to Jean-Christophe Eloy, CEO of market analysis firm Yole Developpement.
22 Views of an Augmented World Slideshow 6/12/2015 2 comments This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Cypress and ISSI: On Again, Off Again News & Analysis 6/11/2015 Post a comment After citing anti-trust concerns as a barrier to a potential Cypress acquisition, ISSI briefly was open to a merger, but is now advising stockholders to vote in favor of an amended Uphill agreement, which was first floated in March.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0 News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Full-Duplex Comm Almost Here News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments Kumu Networks (Sunnyvale, Calif.) offers full-duplex operation for traditional wireless networks with add-on modules that allow the use of same frequency at same time for transmit and receive thus doubling bandwidth.
Using Wi-Fi to Power IoT Blog 6/11/2015 Post a comment An article in the MIT Technology Review presents a power-over-Wi-Fi system that uses existing Wi-Fi chipsets in wireless routers to deliver far-field wireless power to various sensors as well as to recharge coin cell batteries at distances up to 28 feet.
Motion Engine Beats Gestures News & Analysis 6/10/2015 1 comment As the Austin-based startup Quantum Interface (Qi) unveiled its first predictive navigation software and technology, EE Times Europe caught up with the company's founder and CTO Jonathan Josephson to know more about the underlying technology.
Big Brother at the Wheel Blog 6/10/2015 11 comments 'A car is one's second living room today,' says Audi chief. 'That's private. The only person who needs access to the data onboard is the customer.'
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Atmel on the Block News & Analysis 6/9/2015 Post a comment Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
Computex 2015: Bringing Home IoT Slideshow 6/8/2015 Post a comment Computex, world’s second largest information and communications technology show, remains relevant and ... large. Take a quick look at what saw at last week's Computex 2015.
Engineering Shortage Persists Engineering Job Market 6/8/2015 24 comments Lower engineering salaries means managers should brace themselves for the revolving door, especially when 3-7—year itch kicks in.
Avago/Broadcom Create Patent Powerhouse Blog 6/8/2015 2 comments With their proposed $37 billion merger, Broadcom Corp. will strengthen Avago Technologies’ patent position significantly in sectors such as mobile, the data center and the Internet of Things.
Mowing & Methanol Engineering Investigations 6/8/2015 7 comments An autonomous lawn mower from iRobot may interfere with radio astronomy's use of methanol's radio signature as galactic markers.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools News & Analysis 6/7/2015 5 comments Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Xiaomi: Behind Closed Doors News & Analysis 6/5/2015 1 comment How Xiaomi, a barely known Chinese company, has burst into the most competitive mobile handset market to become -- in just five years -- the world’s third largest smartphone vendor is the sort of classic underdog story everyone loves.
Batteries Charge for Energy Role News & Analysis 6/4/2015 1 comment Improved technology for smart cities and the decreasing cost of renewable energy installation is rapidly changing the power management market. The resulting decentralization of electricity sources requires new power management solutions and business models, which will drive a multi-billion dollar market in the next 10 years.
Wearables Detect Medical Shift News & Analysis 6/4/2015 3 comments Wearable devices have the potential to transform health care but the changes will take time, said experts from Intel, Jawbone. Lumo and Misfit.
City Smarts Marshalled in Germany News & Analysis 6/4/2015 9 comments Germany's smart cities plan aims to make Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and other cities self-sufficient in energy, integrated in access to mass transit with a single e-token, and totally connected to citizens for communication during normal and times of emergencies.
IoT Needs New MEMS Approaches Blog 6/3/2015 3 comments New approaches to MEMS are needed to drive growth in sensors and the Internet of Things, according a panel of speakers at the upcoming Semicon West event.
Over-the-Air Platform Keeps Automotive Software Current News & Analysis 6/3/2015 3 comments U.S.-based Movimento Group has introduced a platform that helps OEMs and tier ones to keep the software status of their vehicles current even when they are out on the roads. Plus, it enables users to establish new business models based on big data technologies.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times