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Infineon returns to Mobile World Congress
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World Congress with a low-power barometric pressure sensor, embedded Secure Element (eSE) chip for securing mobile and communications networks, iBadge system, and more.
How to pocket-size a power brick
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3/11/2015   2 comments
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and lighter, while saving energy with more efficient switching, explains Infineon’s Andreas Urschitz at Mobile World Congress 2015.
Networks need security in all elements
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An industry network should have device and data security at all elements, explains Infineon’s Dr. Stefan Hofschen at Mobile World Congress 2015.
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   4 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
ESC Boston is Really 5 Events in 1
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
ESC Boston is co-located with five other UBM Canon events: Quality Expo Showcase Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and BIOMEDevice Boston. Be sure to visit them all.
So Many Projects; So Little Time
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
In which we discover the current state of play with regard to Max's ongoing hobby projects, including his Prognostication Engines, BADASS Display, and Vetinari Clock.
OpenSSL To Undergo Major Audit
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative funding work to take a closer look at the TLS stack.
Apple Watch: Why Wear It?
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3/10/2015   26 comments
Brazilian aviator Santos-Dumont provided the inspiration for the first wristwatch design.
TIA Slams, Applauds FCC on the Same Day
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
In two press releases dated February 26, TIA both applauded and lashed out at the FCC for its policies on net Internet access and net nutrality.
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC
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3/10/2015   1 comment
Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
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3/9/2015   15 comments
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
Intel's 1st Xeon SoC Twists ARM
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3/9/2015   23 comments
Intel hopes it first Xeon SoC -- the D-1500 -- will be an ARM killer in the micro server market.
Bosch Debuts 1st MEMS Sensor Hub
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3/9/2015   6 comments
Bosch and Akustica have announced new MEMS products, namely, sensor hubs and HD mic, respectively.
Synopsys Opens Up ARC Processor Architecture Online
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3/9/2015   2 comments
To reach developers in a range of new embedded Internet of Things designs, Synopsys has sponsored the embARC.org web with open source tools for use with its ARC processor.
Are you ready for June's leap second?
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3/9/2015   13 comments
The divergence between atomic- and astronomical-based timekeeping shows up again this year with the addition of a leap second; though it sounds like a modest correction, it can have serious consequences.
OmniVision Shrinks Image Sensor Pixel to 1-micron
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The OV16880 is a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision Technologies Inc. with a pixel size of 1-micron. The sensor uses PureCel-S stacked die technology and supports phase detection autofocus (PDAP).
EU's 5G Vision Gets Clearer, Still Fragmented
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The European Commission’s new digital boss, Günther H. Oettinger, praises advances in 5G since the introduction of the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP)
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
TechInsights: Overcoming Smart Glasses' Performance Challenges
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Power may be the key to success in smart glasses market. TechInsights analyzes the situation.
Sensors for Wearable Electronics on 40% CAGR
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Wearable electronics will be the big opportunity for sensors after margins shrink in smartphones and tablet computers, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan Inc.
Wireless Links to Provide Automation & Enhanced Efficiency in Medical Apps
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3/5/2015   Post a comment
Using FPRF devices, manufacturers can add a cost-effective enhancement to their equipment that will differentiate them from their competitors and improve medical care.
Musings With Regard To Being a One-Armed Engineer
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3/5/2015   10 comments
Have you ever considered how difficult it would be to perform many everyday engineering tasks using only one hand?
Engineers Can Solve Great Problems
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3/4/2015   7 comments
Today's engineering students get to see what it's like to work in teams to solve problems. The university experience is no longer rigid.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek -- Awesome Analog Meters
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
In this Fantastical Theatre presentation at ESC Boston 2015, Max Maxfield will explain tips and tricks associated with using awesome antique analog meters in one's hobby and embedded projects.
FCC Chief at MWC: 'No One Blocks Internet'
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3/3/2015   15 comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, at the Mobile World Congress, compared the FCC's controversial Open Internet Rules to the First Amendment and said, “No one blocks the Internet.”
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
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3/3/2015   2 comments
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
IoT Security a Prime Focus for Freescale
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Security is a major concern in the Internet of Things, and Freescale intends to provide developers with the answers.
IBM, Semtech 30-Mile IoT Uses 10-Year AAs
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3/3/2015   18 comments
IBM and Semtech go long into machine-to-machine (M2M) working with open standards LoRa (long-range) Alliance to put serious distance between sensors and the cloud.
Locking Down IoT Security
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3/3/2015   7 comments
The Internet of Things is a central to many business plans; securing it is central to the consumers who use it.
Telcos Demand 'Digital Neutrality'
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3/2/2015   8 comments
Telco operators at Mobile World Congress called for a “level playing field” with apps/service providers such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Spansion Adds RAM to HyperBus
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Combination of new HyperRAM and HyperFlash connected to a common HyperBus interface reduces pin counts and means smaller packages for use in automotive and Internet of Things devices
Save Me From Overbearing IoT Analytics
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Will Internet of Things analytics drive us all to drink?
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI
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3/1/2015   43 comments
Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.
MediaTek Sails Uncharted Waters With CrossMount
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek has revealed a new cross-device sharing technology called “CrossMount.” With the proposal of a new industry standard that’s royalty-free and open to all comers, MediaTek sails uncharted waters.
Awesome 3D Electronic Sculptures
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/27/2015   13 comments
These little beauties are created using thousands of discrete components (LEDs, transistors, resistors) wired directly together without a PCB.
Vision Explosion Requires Mobile Architecture Rethink
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2/27/2015   1 comment
CEVA's Eran Briman examines the explosion in vision processing and why it requires a rethink of mobile and embedded processing architectures if the future 'connected vision' paradigm is to be fully realized.
LTE-U for Small Cells Improves Wi-Fi Environment
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2/27/2015   7 comments
In LTE-U, LTE technology over an unlicensed band is paired with a “licensed” LTE signal as an anchor preserving the necessary signaling and handshaking required for a reliable connection.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting
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2/27/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Apple's March 9 Event: Is It Time For The Apple Watch?
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
Apple fans and non-fans alike are waiting to "watch" what happens. Let the speculation begin.
Tessera Buys Smart Sensors for Iris Recognition
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has acquired Smart Sensors Ltd. (Bath, England), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology.
What Is Most Influential Trend at Mobile World Congress 2015?
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
Which trend do you think will be the most influential coming out of Mobile World Congress 2015. Two trend stories layout 5 different top trends. EDN and EE Times.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek -- Open Source Electromagnetic Trackers
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/26/2015   10 comments
Here's a sneak peek at one of the presentations to be given in the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation at ESC Boston 2015.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris
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2/26/2015   5 comments
Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
IoT Starter Kit Connects Developer to Cloud in Moments
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2/26/2015   1 comment
Seeking to simplify the prospect of creating an IoT prototype that is web connected, ARM has partnered with IBM to provide an end-to-end, out of the box dev kit.
7 Linux Facts That Will Surprise You
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
Here are seven things we bet you didn't know about Linux and why it remains a software project of historic proportions.
Meet the Electron -- an Amazing Arduino-like Cellular Dev Kit
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/25/2015   16 comments
How can you take non-engineers and give them the resources they need to create cellular IoT products? The answer is the Spark Electron.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth
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2/25/2015   6 comments
Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC
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2/25/2015   3 comments
Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
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