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Bluetooth 4.2 Unveiled: No Mesh Yet, But Big on IoT
News & Analysis  
12/3/2014   14 comments
With new Bluetooth 4.2 specs published Dec. 3, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group promises to deliver several incremental but solid performance increases. Conspicuously absent is mesh technology.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Blog  
12/3/2014   25 comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
News & Analysis  
12/1/2014   11 comments
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Quo Vadis, Indoor Location?
Blog  
12/1/2014   9 comments
Today, the majority of 911 (emergency) calls are made from cellphones, making it necessary to pinpoint indoor location, including floor level, with reasonable accuracy.
Chip Market for Wireless Sensor Networks on 23% CAGR
News & Analysis  
11/28/2014   6 comments
Wireless sensor networks market will grow to $12 billion industry by 2020, says San-Francisco based market analyst firm.
9 Top Tech From Electronica 2014
Slideshow  
11/28/2014   3 comments
After 50 years, Europe's bellwether conference Electronica shows the state of the art is small powerful boards, automotive vehicle to infrastructure, and Internet of Things.
Potential Pot of Gold in Mobile Marketing
Blog  
11/28/2014   5 comments
Fasten your seat belts. Marketing via mobile devices will be $15 billion industry in 2019.
Micron Expands IoT & Auto Memory Products
News & Analysis  
11/27/2014   4 comments
Micron expanded its offerings for embedded applications and the connected automobile with new products launched at Eletronica.
Moore's Law Competitor Wins $150K Elevator Pitch Prize
News & Analysis  
11/27/2014   10 comments
Quilt packaging wins $150,000 prize for best elevator pitch explaining a new MEMS-based device or technology.
Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Phablet Deathmatch
Blog  
11/27/2014   1 comment
There's never been a better time to buy a big-screen phone. Here's how the Google Nexus 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus stack up.
Europe vs. Google
Blog  
11/26/2014   28 comments
Google may not give much thanks for the gift Europe is about to hand it on Thanksgiving this year.
Sony’s 3-Year Plan: Treading Water or Just Sinking?
News & Analysis  
11/26/2014   28 comments
Sony’s three-year outlook for its mobile business "isn’t aiming for size or market share," said Sony's new mobile chief.
NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
News & Analysis  
11/25/2014   8 comments
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
News & Analysis  
11/25/2014   4 comments
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Curiosity Killed the Cat (Just Call Me Mr. Curiosity)
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/25/2014   30 comments
Max desperately needs a cat deterrent, but how should this work? A 50,000V electric shock? Vaporization by high-powered lasers? Teleportation to another dimension?
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
News & Analysis  
11/25/2014   2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
MediaTek Plans $49 Million Investment in China's Chip Fund
News & Analysis  
11/25/2014   1 comment
Taiwan’s largest chip designer has announced it will invest $48.9 million in a Chinese government fund as the company aims to sharpen its competitive edge in the world’s largest cellphone market.
Scaling Up Text Rendering on Scaled-Down Devices
Blog  
11/24/2014   1 comment
The need to support a widening range of languages and font sizes is pushing the bitmap approach up against the tight resource constraints in low-end devices.
What Is Design-to-Cost & Why Does It Matter?
Blog  
11/24/2014   3 comments
Design-to-Cost should be part of your design process. With a committed team and the right tools, you can reduce product costs and improve your competitive position.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
News & Analysis  
11/24/2014   11 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
The 10 Commandments of Electronics
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/24/2014   59 comments
Although these "commandments" are presented in a jocular manner, they also embody some useful advice.
Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: The Base PCB
Blog  
11/21/2014   20 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, including designing the base PCB on which the cube will be mounted.
Experts Call for Secure Sensors
News & Analysis  
11/21/2014   9 comments
Sensor nodes are the most vulnerable point of attack in an Internet of Things ecosystem, so securing the trillions of sensors industry experts expect is of the utmost concern.
Test Your Way to a Better IoT
Blog  
11/21/2014   Post a comment
Better design and test procedures will lead to much lower maintenance costs than for systems where those precautions have not been taken.
How to Help STEM the Tide of Unfilled Tech Jobs
Blog  
11/21/2014   18 comments
How do we inspire the next generation to be creators, not just consumers, of technology?
12 Startups I Saw at Demo
Slideshow  
11/21/2014   9 comments
The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
News & Analysis  
11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Intel Expects 2015 Mobile Speedup
News & Analysis  
11/21/2014   12 comments
Intel is back on track with mobile, company officials said at an annual investor meeting.
Want to Present a Paper at ESC Boston 2015?
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/20/2014   9 comments
If you are interested in presenting a paper on the technical stage or at the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation, here's how to submit an abstract.
What Are You Wearing?
Blog  
11/20/2014   6 comments
The wearables market is at $6 billion this year and is expected to rise to $33 billion by 2019. What are you wearing? What will you be wearing soon?
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life
News & Analysis  
11/19/2014   13 comments
Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
IoT Territorial Disputes
News & Analysis  
11/19/2014   1 comment
With plenty of room for the IoT nebula to share data, the Internet of Things network infrastructure game gears up.
Secure Software Needs a Process
Blog  
11/19/2014   5 comments
Processes exist but have yet to be broadly applied for developing reliable and secure software, says Dave Hughes, founder of HCC Embedded.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
Blog  
11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
7 Controllers for Internet of Things
Slideshow  
11/18/2014   16 comments
Here are 7 up-and-coming controllers for Internet of Things as seen at 2014 Electronica show last week.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   3 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Ericsson Forecasts 9.5B Smartphone Subs by 2020
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   3 comments
Although the smartphone market is near saturated in certain regions, officials at Ericsson believe there is much more space for connection. In its annual mobility report, the company forecast increasing mobile subscriptions and connections through 2020.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
News & Analysis  
11/18/2014   12 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
News & Analysis  
11/17/2014   5 comments
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
The Role of QA
Break Points  
11/17/2014   Post a comment
Delivering high quality doesn't mean leaning on QA to find your errors. Quality assurance is not supposed to find bugs.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
News & Analysis  
11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
News & Analysis  
11/14/2014   10 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
Why Samsung Dragged Nvidia’s Customer in GPU Fight
Blog  
11/13/2014   12 comments
The Korean electronics giant countersued Nvidia in graphics IP fight, and dragged Nvidia customer Velocity Micro into the fight.
Not-Spots Now... Really?
Blog  
11/13/2014   3 comments
The Battle of Britain: Political attempts to stamp out the not-spot run afoul of the Home Office.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
News & Analysis  
11/13/2014   14 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   2 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   14 comments
Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   2 comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
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