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IoT Is Changing M2M Economics
News & Analysis  
2/28/2014   2 comments
The emergence of the Internet of Things is changing the way mobile network operators are making money from M2M. The next step is moving up the value chain to offer more end-to-end solutions.
Internet of Things: 50 Billion Is Only the Beginning
News & Analysis  
2/28/2014   7 comments
At MWC, Google’s Nest acquisition got executives talking about what the next phase of IoT means. The issues range from security, to power efficiency, to who controls the ecosystem.
Validity of New Feature Phone Market
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   23 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Live Chat: What Mattered at MWC – Selfies, $25 Phones & More
Blog  
2/27/2014   2 comments
Join EE Times editors on Friday, Feb. 28 at 1 PM ET for a live chat wrapup on Mobile World Congress. They'll dish out the dirt about what they liked and didn't like -- but would rather hear your take on the mobile madness.
IoT Plus Google Analytics: What a Combo
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   1 comment
Usable and targeted data is much needed in the burgeoning industrial IoT arena, where data abounds, but the ability to customize and analyze is slower to catch up.
MWC: Getting Beyond Wearables v.1.0
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona features a great deal of conversation and excitement about the next wave of wearable technology.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
Power Week-in-Review: Dell Signs On to Wireless Power
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   2 comments
This week: Dell becomes the first major PC maker to support a wireless charging standard, nanoparticles improve a self-charging battery, and we see the first automated battery life measurement system for mobile devices.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert
News & Analysis  
2/26/2014   8 comments
US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
IEEE & MEMS Industry Group Team Up on Standards
News & Analysis  
2/26/2014   2 comments
IEEE, MEMS Industry Group team on standards The IEEE Standards Association and MEMS Industry Group trade association have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a working group to develop standards for e-health and the Internet of things (IoT).
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers
Blog  
2/25/2014   22 comments
The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
Samsung Drops Android From Wearable OS
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   15 comments
Samsung’s move to drop Android OS for its latest generation of wearables could have a major effect on the future smartwatch and fit band market, according to analysts.
Freescale's Tiny Kinetis KL03 MCU Targets Internet of Things
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   12 comments
Smaller than a dimple on a golf ball, Freescale's new Kinetis KL03 MCU is currently the world's smallest 32-bit MCU based on ARM technology.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Leads Wearables Charge
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2/24/2014   Post a comment
As Mobile World Congress opens, Samsung debuts two new smartwatches and its rivals weigh in with a slew of new phones and wearables.
Imagination Unveils MIPS Series 5 Warrior M-Class MCU IP Cores
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   1 comment
The MIPS M5100 and M5150 MCUs both boast a hardware virtualization MMU (memory management unit).
Nokia’s Android X Series Targets 'Next Billion'
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   15 comments
Under the tagline, "connecting the next billion to the Internet," Nokia unveiled its first Android-based mobile handsets, the Nokia X series, at the Mobile World Congress.
Wearable Patent Battles Ahead
Blog  
2/24/2014   3 comments
The rapid rise of wearable computing products will likely spawn another round of patent battles, many of them fought at the International Trade Commission
The Future of Wearables: Accessory or Appliance?
Blog  
2/24/2014   14 comments
Is a pacemaker a wearable? What about a digital watch?
Who Has the Best Android Phone in China?
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   3 comments
Which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? The Mobile Experience Alliance has launched a new rating system called Certimo that both consumers and OEMs can use.
$25 Smartphones on Firefox OS to Rock MWC
News & Analysis  
2/23/2014   34 comments
Spreadtrum and Mozilla, Firefox's OS designer, have teamed up to storm emerging markets with a $25 smartphone -- its startling low cost enabled by web technologies.
Sochi Olympics: 6 Technologies That Caught Our Eye
Slideshow  
2/21/2014   4 comments
The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't still marvel at the technology under the collective hood of the competition out there on the slopes and the ice.
Broadcom Chip Locates Wearables
News & Analysis  
2/21/2014   4 comments
Broadcom announced a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and sensor hub integrated SoC. The 40nm chip is designed for low-power, mass-market wearable devices and aims to fix issues associated with high cost, often inaccurate GPS systems.
Altair Rolls LTE-Advanced Chip
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2/20/2014   2 comments
Altair announced an LTE-Advanced baseband processor it will ship in the second half of the year, its third-generation LTE design.
Apple & Tesla: The Perfect Couple?
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2/20/2014   13 comments
Recent reports on a potential liaison between Apple and electric carmaker Tesla elicited a strong echo in the media.
FPGA Engineering Boot Camp at EE Live! 2014
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This is the training course to attend if you want to know whether or not FPGAs should feature in your future embedded systems and products.
Go From Prototype to Production With Orbotix
News & Analysis  
2/20/2014   1 comment
Orbotix co-founder Ian Bernstein shares his hard-won experience in taking a startup from prototype to production.
Power Week-in-Review: Injectable Microbattery, Android Audio Tunneling & 'Pomegranate' Electrode
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This week, an injectable microbattery offering twice the energy of similar devices, a "pomegranate-inspired" electrode that could spur development of silicon-based Li-ion batteries, and audio DSP cores that cut Android audio processing power and save battery life.
Slideshow: The Joy of Rotring
Slideshow  
2/20/2014   14 comments
Anyone who was involved in PCB or circuit diagram (schematic) drawing in the pre-computer era is very likely to know the Rotring name.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz
Blog  
2/20/2014   4 comments
5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Industrial Ethernet’s Role in the Factory of the Future
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2014   3 comments
This third industrial revolution requires a greener, faster, and smarter way to produce products. The challenge lies in the limited resources available to serve more people using more products, particularly as demand increases in developing countries.
Live Chat March 5: Modify or "Hack" Test Equipment
Blog  
2/20/2014   4 comments
Join EE Times for a live chat on March 5 when we discuss modifying test equipment. When is it worth the risk of voiding warranties or calibration?
5 Game-Changers at MWC 2014
Blog  
2/19/2014   17 comments
Beyond Nokia's first Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and Sony's renewed mobile push, I see five big trends destined to change the nature of the Mobile World Congress and the electronics industry at large.
First Time Ever at ACM/SIGDA Conference: FPGAs for Mobile Apps
News & Analysis  
2/19/2014   4 comments
Historically, the ACM/SIGDA conference has tended to focus on the "big and hairy" FPGA technologies; this year, for the first time, there will be a topic on FPGAs for mobile applications.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
5 Hot Papers from ISSCC
Slideshow  
2/14/2014   9 comments
More than two dozen scientific papers are on display at this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. These five technologies showcase the latest innovations from research institutions, startups, and big market players.
End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap
Slideshow  
2/14/2014   34 comments
The startup era is ending, chief executives and investors said, so the semiconductor industry has to find innovation from another source.
Devices on Net to Top 6 Billion in 2014
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   13 comments
A new IHS report shows that Internet-connected devices will surpass the 6 billion make in 2014, and devices with more versatility are replacing more traditional form factors.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder?
Blog  
2/13/2014   23 comments
Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
Silego Unveils Tiny GPAK3 Mixed-Signal FPGAs
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   9 comments
New GPAK3 devices allow designers to integrate up to 30 discrete and passive components into a single device in a tiny package (2mm x 3mm).
IoT Street-Wise CTO at EE Live!
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   4 comments
Startup IoT pioneers, including the CTO of Streetline, will share their experiences in the IoT summit at EE Live! 2014.
Power Week-in-Review: Fusion Breakthrough, Flexible Piezo Fabric & NASA Boosts EVs
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   1 comment
This week, scientists move one step closer to achieving fusion "ignition," a flexible energy harvesting fabric that delivers twice the power of other such textiles, NASA commits to power source development for EVs, and a MIPI-BIF-compliant fuel gauge IC.
The STMicroelectronics M24SR Discovery Kit Jumpstarts NFC IoT Designs
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2/13/2014   Post a comment
In the forthcoming IoT world, devices will communicate by simply touching each other of being brought into close proximity.
FPGA Sandwich Secures Boot Up on Embedded Systems
News & Analysis  
2/11/2014   9 comments
Security, or the lack thereof, with our embedded systems is a "perfect storm" that's just biding its time waiting to happen.
ARM Expands Cores for Midrange
News & Analysis  
2/11/2014   15 comments
ARM announces the Cortex A17 and a display controller acquired from Cadence as its latest cores targeting 2015 midrange smartphones.
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog  
2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Google Cloud Needs Lower Latency
News & Analysis  
2/10/2014   8 comments
A Google fellow asked engineers at ISSCC to come up with new techniques to reduce latencies to handle a rising tide of sensor data from wearables.
Top 10 Sensor Trends to Watch
Slideshow  
2/10/2014   22 comments
Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians
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2/10/2014   Post a comment
Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
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