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Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
Blog  
10/13/2014   3 comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Priceless Nuggets of Knowledge Re Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/10/2014   31 comments
Here is some extremely useful information for anyone interested in using analog meters -- both for hobby projects and for commercial systems.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
Slideshow  
10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   24 comments
The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Encrypting Telecoms
Blog  
10/9/2014   6 comments
The introduction of an IP core optimized for OTN systems lets equipment manufacturers differentiate their products with cost-effective, low-latency security features.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   13 comments
This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
News & Analysis  
10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Apple HealthKit Has Good Prognosis
Blog  
10/9/2014   2 comments
Apple's new mobile health platform looks like too good an opportunity for developers to pass up, but it is not without its open questions and competitors.
Nobel Physics Fracas
Blog  
10/8/2014   1 comment
As reported, three Japanese-born researchers are to share the $1.1 million prize for their work inventing the blue LED. But questions have been asked as to why Professor Nick Holonyak, the "Father of the LED," was overlooked.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   11 comments
One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
What? You Missed ESC Brazil 2014? Check Out This Video!
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/8/2014   18 comments
Finally, Max's mother will be able to see a video of him 'strutting his stuff' on the conference stage.
Beyond Li-ion: Design Challenges of New Battery Chemistries for Mobile Devices
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10/8/2014   Post a comment
Higher-energy-density batteries will soon become a necessity for handset manufacturers, but adopting them at the component level will not be a straightforward process.
Why Do Big Companies Make Their Own Sensors?
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   2 comments
The reasons big companies make their own sensors vary from the need for a guaranteed supply to the addition of a product they can sell to others to just another aspect of verticalization as a company policy.
Mega-Cool Transistor-Level Classic Chip Kits
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/7/2014   40 comments
In addition to being great to play with oneself, these kits provide an absolutely brilliant tool for teaching basic principles to newcomers to electronics.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
Kickstarter Gives Tips for Startups
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   3 comments
Design and tech projects make up 25% of the projects on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and account for 30% of funds raised. The trend is gaining steam, with many ARM-based devices, officials from Kickstarter and ARM said at ARM TechCon.
Smart Cities Merge IoT, Cloud
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10/7/2014   Post a comment
A research collaboration in Europe and Japan is trying to create smarter cities by using tools that merge cloud computing with the Internet of Things.
Is There a Doctor Duino in the House?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/6/2014   26 comments
While creating a set of animatronic robot eyes, Max realized he was out of 10KΩ potentiometers. If only there had been a Dr. Duino in the house.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow  
10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
Blog  
10/3/2014   14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
Analog Meter Faceplate Solution for Vetinari Clock
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/3/2014   11 comments
Everything is starting to come together -- the materials for the box used to house the Vetinari Clock, the graphics for the new meter faceplates, and the process by which these faceplates will be created.
Myo: More Muscle For Wearables?
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10/3/2014   Post a comment
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Lack of Manual Labor
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/2/2014   2 comments
The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.
Internet of Tomorrow Tour Hits Road Today
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow Tour launched today at ARM TechCon. Here's a slideshow giving you a quick look.
7 Tricks for Estimating Battery Life Accurately
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Here are seven tricks that -- if followed -- can help guarantee an accurate estimation of battery life.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Great ideas for new wearables or connected electronic devices can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
News & Analysis  
10/1/2014   16 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
Tabula's DesignInsight Offers 100% Observability Into 3PLDs
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
It's not going too far to say that Tabula's DesignInsight technology has the potential to provide a step-function improvement in development time and cost.
MediaTek May Narrow Qualcomm’s Lead in China’s 4G Market
News & Analysis  
10/1/2014   2 comments
MediaTek has a chance to narrow Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octo-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Connected Car Takes Center Stage at CTIA
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Reporting from Super Mobility Week, Steve Bell gives us insights into the market realities of connected cars.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
News & Analysis  
9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
New Common Parts Library Supports Connected Device Design
Blog  
9/30/2014   9 comments
Online sourcing site Octopart inaugurates a Common Parts Library (CPL) for OEMs.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
News & Analysis  
9/30/2014   8 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
Sensors Build Case Against Cold
News & Analysis  
9/29/2014   7 comments
As some predict that New York’s easy summer may turn into a hellish winter, a local startup aims to fix the freeze. Heat Seek, grand prize winner of this year’s NYC BigApps competition in the live and connected device categories, wants to keep tenants warm with inexpensive temperature sensors.
Let's Talk About Open-Source Hardware
Blog  
9/29/2014   14 comments
Although the meaning of open-source in software is quite old, the use of the open source-term relating to hardware is more recent.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
Blog  
9/29/2014   13 comments
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
iPhone 6: Comparing InvenSense & Bosch Accelerometers
Blog  
9/26/2014   5 comments
Why two accelerometers in iPhone 6? Chipworks attempts to get to the bottom of it.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   4 comments
SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Friday Quiz: Data Acquisition
Blog  
9/26/2014   9 comments
Test your knowledge of data converters, filters, and cable connections.
Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   7 comments
Tire Sensor for Industrial Trucks Solves a Burning Problem
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   2 comments
A research project of the Hannover University is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of the tires on industrial trucks.
XMOS Adds ARM Core to Its Multi-Processor xCORE-XA Chip
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   3 comments
The xCORE-XA (eXtended Architecture) family augments a standard multi-processor xCORE device with an ultra-low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   8 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
ScratchDuino Magnetic Robotics Kickstarter Project
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/25/2014   4 comments
The combination of easy-to-attach magnetic sensors with a graphical programming interface makes the ScratchDuino ideal for teaching younger kids about computers, robots, and programming.
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