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5 Storage Trends to Transform Mobile
7/20/2015   3 comments
Mobile phones will continue to increase in storage size, speed and imaging capabilities as the global market expands for powerful phones.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum
News & Analysis  
7/20/2015   2 comments
As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Powering the Autonomous Car
7/20/2015   1 comment
The sensors and algorithms of the driverless car get lots of attention, but the equally important power requirements and subsystem remain much more of a mystery.
Why I Won't Do Another Kickstarter Campaign
7/20/2015   51 comments
The survivor of a crowd-funded hardware project shows his scars and tells his cautionary tale.
Video: Sensors, Liquid Crystals Make "Omnifocal" Glasses
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7/20/2015   1 comment
Perfect vision – all the time – is the claim from startup Deep Optics Ltd. (Petah Tiqva) for its eyeglasses that include sensors and liquid crystal materials to adjust to the wearer's near- and long-distance viewing.
Google Proposes Open Source Beacons
News & Analysis  
7/19/2015   1 comment
Google's Eddystone protocol aims to make beacons more flexible and open, and to compete with Apple's iBeacon in what is still a nascent market.
Which of 'The Big Bang Theory' Characters Are You?
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7/17/2015   9 comments
Want to know which of the 'Big Bang Theory' characters you're most like? Here's a fun little online quiz that will reveal all.
10 Views of Semicon West
7/17/2015   3 comments
Systems-in-package could prop up a semiconductor industry falling off Moore’s Law, but hopes IoT will be the next driver may be too optimistic.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
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7/17/2015   Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Friday Quiz: Embedded Systems Testing
7/17/2015   Post a comment
ESC Silicon Valley is days away. If you don't have embedded systems on the brain, you should.
10 Things Not to Miss at ESC Silicon Valley
7/16/2015   7 comments
Here are 10 things you should consider doing at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) next week.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition: What We Know So Far
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7/16/2015   Post a comment
The rumored Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks more like a maintenance release to placate the company's handful of Glass at Work partners until the company finds a way to reimagine and reinvigorate the project.
Intel Hits Q2 Target Despite PC Slump
News & Analysis  
7/15/2015   6 comments
Intel's second quarter revenues were in line with expectations, with PC sales still slumping and growth in data center, memory and IoT segments.
Duck! Free Silego development kits are winging their way!
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7/15/2015   2 comments
Free Silego GPAK4 mixed-signal FPGA development kits will soon be winging their wat to the folks who tempted Max with the tastiest application ideas.
15% Discount for ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Max has wangled a top-secret-squirrel code for the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley 2015; this little scamp grants 15% off All-Access, Conference, and Hardware Startup passes.
IoT Network Horse Race
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7/15/2015   1 comment
What horse are you betting on winning the race to dominate future metro or national IoT networks?
Mobile World Congress To Stay in Barcelona
News & Analysis  
7/15/2015   2 comments
Despite city politics, GSMA's Mobile World Congress is staying in Barcelona until 2023.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
News & Analysis  
7/15/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Will Scriba be the Computer Stylus for the 21st Century?
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7/14/2015   4 comments
By combining a traditional touch-screen interface approach with a Bluetooth Low-Energy capability, Scriba can enhance the user experience.
Help! I'm Trapped in an Oscilloscope
7/14/2015   3 comments
See how EE Times editor Martin Rowe took on Max Headroom characteristics by being embedded in an oscilloscope screen. Will he ever get out?
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
Unique Challenges For Long-Life Batteries
7/14/2015   1 comment
The choice of the right long-life battery, even at very low discharge levels, involves much more than the basic current-and-time versus battery-capacity analysis.
You Won’t Believe These Videos!
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
Watching a man in a wingsuit flying through a very small hole in a cliff at 155 MPH will send shivers down your spine.
Learn How to Implement Embedded Speech at ESC Silicon Valley
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
This is one session Max is definitely going to attend because he wants to add voice control capabilities to all of his projects.
Big Bucks in Technical Challenge Contests
7/13/2015   2 comments
There are many contests that will allow electronics engineers and designers with a cool idea and a passion for a cause to make some money and do some good.
IoT’s Wireless Horse Race
7/13/2015   6 comments
In a radio show this week and a live event next week, EE Times hosts contenders for a low cost, wide area network for the Internet of Things.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss
News & Analysis  
7/13/2015   1 comment
TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
Defect Proofing Cars with Big Data Analytics
7/13/2015   5 comments
An alarming trend of electrical/electronic recalls in the automotive field rapidly surged over the last 10 years tells us that we need more powerful tools for defect detection in manufacturing in order to prevent field failures.
New Documentary about Dean Kamen Playing in Select Cinemas
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
One of the major problems facing the world in years to come will be lack of water. Dean Kamen's solution could mean the difference between life and death for countless people.
Counterfeiters Will Become 'Virtual Criminal Underground:' Europol
7/10/2015   Post a comment
In the near future, counterfeiters may go virtual, posing unprecedented risks to transport and logistics systems.
Deadline Extended to July 16 for ESC's Embedded Education Program (EEP) Call For Papers
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
In addition to presenting his/her paper in the Fantastical Theatre at ESC Silicon Valley, the 1st-place winner gets $500, an R&S HMO1002 Digital Oscilloscope.
My Smartphone, My Cognitive Companion
7/10/2015   Post a comment
How my smartphone, in near future, will turn into a cognitive companion, making my life better, safer, and more efficient.
Apple Watch Transformed Me
7/10/2015   9 comments
The Apple Watch has changed my life for the better, solving all the problems I had with the iPhone (such as missing calls while I tried to find it) as well as solving other problems I didn't even now I had until I got it.
Friday Quiz: Measurement in Fiber-Optics
7/10/2015   3 comments
Try your hand at answering five questions about measurements in fiber-optic communications networks. If you correctly answer all questions, go ahead and take the rest of the day off. We won’t tell.
Cavemen with Cameras
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7/9/2015   9 comments
Max's new scheme for his caveman diorama involves embedding some tiny video cameras around the cave -- Caveman Cam, if you will.
Very Cool Low-Power $5 FPGA Module
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7/9/2015   24 comments
The DIPSY is a tiny (10mm x 10mm) FPGA module that's based on an ice40UL1K FPGA from Lattice Semiconductor and that's priced at only $5 USD.
Selecting a WiFi Module for Embedded Design
7/9/2015   Post a comment
The quickest way to add WiFi to a design may be to use a module, but that doesn't mean it's a foolproof way. Here are some tips to selecting the right module for your needs.
Programmable Logic In MCUs Can Provide Big Performance Boost
7/8/2015   3 comments
To make the best decision as to what will work best for your project, you need to understand how different MCU vendors implement internal programmable logic.
Woman with Naked Ambition, Men with False Modesty
7/8/2015   23 comments
Why Intel president's resignation to find her inner CEO is a much more genuine "I quit" reason than some tendered by more narcissistic counterparts in tech world.
Four Drool-Worthy Kickstarter Projects
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7/8/2015   8 comments
From holodecks to light sabers to CRT-based clocks, these Kickstarter projects make one's inner geek squeal in delight!
5G Moves Out of the Lab
News & Analysis  
7/8/2015   7 comments
5G cellular networks will move out of the lab and into formal standards work and field trials starting over the next several months.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
UL Planning to Tackle Cyber Security Certification
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Currently in discussion with the White House, UL aims to certify IoT device security.
Wireless Audio, Voice Control & Other Audio Gizmos
7/7/2015   Post a comment
CEVA's Eran Belaish looks at the fast growing wireless audio market, and the range of technologies that are being deployed there today.
Farewell Gary Smith
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7/7/2015   2 comments
Many people in the industry will forever think of “Gary Smith” and “EDA” as being synonymous. He was one of a kind!
Makers, Cars Driving IoT
7/7/2015   Post a comment
Car makers and hobbyists are getting out ahead of embedded systems engineers in driving the Internet of Things.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT
7/7/2015   4 comments
With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
Sneak Peak! Not Your Grandmother's Embedded Systems @ ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
When it comes to the embedded systems we'll see in 10, 20, 50, and 100 years' time, the one thing we know for sure is that they won't be our grandmothers embedded systems.
IceStorm: Reverse-Engineering the Lattice iCE40 Bitstream
7/6/2015   5 comments
It will be interesting to see how IceStorm plays out, and what the imagination and creativity of the open-source world will give us.
Is the End of IPv4 at Hand? Not Anytime Soon...
7/6/2015   2 comments
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has sent out an alert saying its share of the dwindling IPv4 addresses is near rock bottom, so it is going to a stricter procedure for approving requests for those that are left.
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In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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