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posted in January 2014
Ballmer’s Last Stand: Cloud Chief Taking Over Microsoft
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1/31/2014   32 comments
Microsoft Corp. reportedly is about to name Satya Nadella, the head of its cloud and enterprise division, as Steve Ballmer's successor as CEO.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis  
1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Defensive Designing for Displays
Blog  
1/30/2014   4 comments
Aubrey Kagan wants to reduce the probability of problems and ensure the system can recover gracefully if (when) they occur.
Cloud-RAN: Emergence in Heterogeneity
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1/30/2014   Post a comment
Using programmable logic devices is the most effective way to address the fluid and continuously improving algorithmic and connectivity function requirements in Cloud-RAN.
3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era
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1/30/2014   53 comments
Connect the dots among the three big moves Google made this month to dump Motorola, snatch up Nest, and make peace with Samsung, and what do you get? I see the end of the smartphone era.
Tablet Growth Slowing, Says IDC
News & Analysis  
1/29/2014   15 comments
In spite of bullish figures in emerging markets and opportunities in low-margin products, growth in the global market for tablets is going to decline in coming years, according to research firm IDC. Saturation in mature markets is primarily to blame.
Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Blog  
1/29/2014   6 comments
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
IoT Spells Opportunity, Intel VP Says
News & Analysis  
1/29/2014   8 comments
The pace of change is accelerating and providing engineers with new challenges to surmount, Intel’s Hermann Eul said at Tuesday’s DesignCon keynote speech.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up
News & Analysis  
1/28/2014   4 comments
The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event?
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1/28/2014   19 comments
Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?
CAST Announces World's Fastest 8051-Compatible MCU Core
News & Analysis  
1/28/2014   8 comments
The exciting thing is that the 8051-compativble IP core market continues to be so vibrant.
80s Wearables: Puma & Adidas Were Ahead of the Game
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/27/2014   9 comments
The concept of the wearable fitness tracker was already tried in the 80s but met with harsh criticism. What does this mean for the wearable future?
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
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1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
M2M Test Equipment Will Be Needed & Soon
Blog  
1/24/2014   4 comments
The growth of machine-to-machine communications will force test-equipment manufacturers to develop new equipment, particularly for installation and maintenance.
Wearable Devices to Hit 10M Units
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   7 comments
The earable device market will hit 10M units and generate $3B in 2014, predicts research firm.
Power Week-in-Review: Micro Windmill, Storing 'Solar Fuel' & Next-Gen WPC Controller
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   1 comment
Highlights this week include a MEMS-based micro-windmill that can be used to recharge batteries in cell phones, a new way to convert and store solar energy, and a new wireless power controller from TI.
Feature Phones Are Back?
Blog  
1/23/2014   30 comments
The mobile market has a strange way of refreshing old products and making them new. A case in point is the so-called Bluetooth dialer.
Glasses Refocus Mobile Power Design
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1/22/2014   1 comment
Wearable computers such as glasses open up the door to new user experiences in context awareness, but they need new power architectures to drive them.
Why SoC Design Teams Still Struggle in a Connected World
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1/22/2014   5 comments
Global SoC design teams now have more ways to communicate with one another. Why, then, is it still so difficult to complete System-on-a-Chip designs?
Top 2013 Comms Stories Go Mobile
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1/21/2014   1 comment
Teardowns of smartphones were the most popular communications stories in 2013 in a year when mobile mania about Intel, Bluetooth, and LTE drove the most clicks.
USB Flash Drives Still Have (a Little) Life Left in Them
Blog  
1/21/2014   11 comments
Pervasive WiFi and cloud services mean there's less need for USB thumb drives. They will die a slow death as users hit connectivity and online storage constraints, as well as limited drive space on tablets.
Internet of Things Impacts Manufacturing, Too
Blog  
1/20/2014   7 comments
The Internet of Things will have a great impact on manufacturing, first in how products are manufactured.
Blackphone Promises to Block Snooping
Blog  
1/16/2014   6 comments
Geeksphone and Silent Circle promise their new smartphone will lock out spies. But the details, including how it works, aren't clear.
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B
News & Analysis  
1/14/2014   45 comments
Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Making Smartphones Smarter
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   2 comments
A panel of experts discussed trends in handset development at International CES and debated what will spark public interest in 2014 and beyond. Executives from Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and Ad Colony agreed that managing data and making meaningful consumer experiences will be the deciding factor in manufacturer and advertiser success.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
IBM Founds Watson Group
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   6 comments
IBM Watson Group's headquarters will be at 51 Astor Place in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” technology hub.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Wellness Products at CES Weigh In
Slideshow  
1/12/2014   16 comments
If you weren't walking miles already at this year's International CES, hundreds of vendors offered wares to keep you healthy. From fitness to improved sleep and at-home medical care, click through to read about the gadgets we liked best.
FCC's Wheeler Stresses 'Values' in CES Debut
News & Analysis  
1/10/2014   10 comments
New FCC chairman, responsible for upcoming spectrum auction, tells broadcasters to view upheaval as an opportunity to harness the digital universe while performing the same public services.
Conexant Targets Far-Field Voice Processing for TVs, PCs, Smartphones & Tablets
News & Analysis  
1/9/2014   2 comments
We are currently poised on the brink of a dramatic increase in the deployment of voice-controlled "things." Hold onto your hats, because the world is about to change!
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off'
News & Analysis  
1/9/2014   11 comments
Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan
News & Analysis  
1/9/2014   9 comments
MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
Blog  
1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
CES: 9-Axis Sensor Stars in Movea Wearable
News & Analysis  
1/8/2014   3 comments
Reference designs for wearable spots and wellness applications debuted at the CES from Movea, Xm-Squared, and Texas Instruments.
Enough With the Solar Power 'Magic,' Please!
Blog  
1/8/2014   30 comments
Free power from the sun is a great idea, except when it's not. Often such schemes make little or no sense, and are mostly attention-getting ploys that we love to read about, apparently.
10 Top IoT Stories of 2013
News & Analysis  
1/8/2014   5 comments
Internet of Things articles on security, low-cost dev boards, Intel's Quark, and reports from a handful of conferences won the most clicks in 2013.
Wireless Execs Make Waves at CES
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1/7/2014   Post a comment
Here are excerpts from a panel at CES on the status and outlook of wireless technology that included experts from Broadcom, Ericsson, and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Intel Edison Aims to Dress Wearables
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   15 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a vision for a wearable world at Monday's pre-CES keynote, the cornerstone of which centers on a SD-sized computing system.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
Slideshow  
1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
CES Hosts Low-Energy iBeacon Scavenger Hunt
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   1 comment
Proximity awareness gets a fun test at the international Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm will leverage its strong presence in the in-car cellular modem market to advance automakers’ telematics business and join the brewing in-vehicle infotainment platform battle by introducing auto-grade Snapdragon.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   5 comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Gesture Interface at CES Taps Ultrasound
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   3 comments
Gesture recognition software for Android and Windows from Elliptic Labs will be on display at CES using ultrasound speakers, standard MEMS microphones, and transducers.
60 GHz DuoTargets Small Cells
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   15 comments
InterDigital and BluWireless may design a 60 GHz board for backhaul on small cell base stations, part of a growing set of efforts around 5G nets.
FTC Hearing IoT Privacy Concerns
Blog  
1/2/2014   2 comments
Anyone concerned about privacy on the Internet of Things ought to speak out before the US Federal Trade Commission closes public comment on Jan. 10.


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