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Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
IoT Sprinkler Taps the Cloud
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   7 comments
Droplet launched an automated sprinkler system that uses cloud services to calibrate watering needs, shaving utility bills and saving water.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
Blog  
3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
Bluetooth Smart's Rise From Obscurity to Mainstream
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3/28/2014   8 comments
Bluetooth Smart has gone from obscurity to mainstream in mobile devices and become a standard in wearable and wellness. TechInsights' Teardown.com reveals intelligence on Bluetooth Smart from nearly 400 devices.
The Internet of Supply Chains
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3/28/2014   Post a comment
With the help of the distribution community, the wave of excitement over the Internet of Things has the potential to liberate engineers and transform designers.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Café
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3/28/2014   19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Malone’s bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
dotLEDs Are Built for Wearables
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3/27/2014   10 comments
Plessey has introduced dotLEDS, which could work in the growing wearables market until OLEDs come down in price.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
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3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
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3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
Hacking a SmartTV at EE Live!
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3/27/2014   5 comments
The zombies you watch or play in video games on your smart TV may be less scary than the abilities of hackers using the same device. Researchers from iSEC Partners will go into depth about the vulnerabilities of smart televisions at EE Live!, in a talk titled “The Outer Limits: Hacking a Smart TV.”
Intel Straps on Basis Health Band
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3/26/2014   5 comments
Intel officially a announced the purchase of San Franscisco-based smartwatch startup Basis Science. The acquisition comes as Intel attempts to push into the wearables sphere as a market leader.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
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3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Facebook Buys Oculus VR: What's Next?
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   11 comments
Virtual friends socializing in virtual reality? There's a headset for that.
EU Moves Towards Single Telecom Market
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3/26/2014   4 comments
European Union to end roaming charges, coordinate spectrum licensing for wireless broadband, guarantee an open Internet for all, and adopt other consumer protections.
Cisco's Cloud Plan for IoT
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3/26/2014   6 comments
Cisco's $1 billion cloud investment is not about competing with Amazon, Google, or Rackspace to supply general-purpose IaaS. Cisco and its partners will offer a global chain of datacenters to serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things.
Smartphones Tap Printed Antennas, Says EE Live! Speaker
Blog  
3/26/2014   2 comments
Antennas printed with conductive inks are coming to smartphones, and silicon photonics are headed for datacenters, says the CTO of TE Connectivity.
China's Parallel Universe
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3/26/2014   10 comments
When I’m in China, I often feel as though I’m in a parallel universe. As global as the electronics industry has become, certain things remain distinctly regional. China’s tablet and set-top markets are good examples.
Samsung 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM Scales Memory Wall
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3/25/2014   6 comments
TechInsights examines Samsung's 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM to find a thin die with large memory density.
Protect Low-Cost Products From ESD
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3/25/2014   2 comments
While completely enclosed cases are your best protection, they're not always practical. But there are other techniques that work.
EELive! Provides Balanced Look at IoT
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
The IoT Summit at the upcoming EE Live! conference will provide attendees with a practical and balanced look at developing for the Internet of Things.
Mentor Graphics Acquires Berkeley Design Automation
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Mentor Graphics hopes to broaden its customer base into the nanometer sphere with the purchase of Berkeley Design Automation, an analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuit verification company.
LG Smart Lamp: Lighting, Meet Smartphones
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Control lighting with your smartphone for security and energy-saving purposes.
Leveraging Open Source for Your UI at EE Live!
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
Using open source can greatly improve the quality of your UI at considerably cheaper cost. Come to EELive! to learn how.
IoT Cloud Blooms, Says EE Live! Speaker
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3/24/2014   9 comments
The range of IoT markets and protocols are challenges for those linking smart systems to the Net, says a cloud IoT executive speaking at EE Live!
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   1 comment
M2M and mobile devices are driving the Internet of Things trends, and by all accounts, it's going to be big.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
Battle Over Spreadtrum/RDA Merger
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The pending merger of two Shanghai-based fabless companies, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, through two separate acquisitions pulled off by Tsinghua Unigroup is "not a done deal," according to several industry sources.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
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3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
A Snappy Approach to Low-Cost Wearable Displays
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   3 comments
A company in the UK is putting its own unique stamp on wearables with an early look at a wristband display that takes the idea of the smartwatch to a different level. However, the device might need NFC technology to make a difference.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis  
3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Google Launches Android Wear Developer Preview
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   7 comments
Android developers can now adapt their apps to send information to upcoming Android smartwatches.
Imagination Offers Ray Tracing
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   8 comments
The Multicore IP block design from Imagination Technologies combines ray tracing and tile rendering for mobile graphics and games.
Ray Tracing: Is Holy Grail Found?
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3/18/2014   2 comments
Has Imagination's ray tracing achieved the Holy Grail in computer graphics?
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   20 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
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3/17/2014   10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
Platform Wars Get Scorecard
Blog  
3/17/2014   5 comments
The big competitors in digital technology are racing to create rival content ecosystems that attract high-value users, says a Parks Associates analyst.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Wireless Charging Revenue to Rise 40-Fold in 4 Years
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   14 comments
New products and industry partnerships are paving the way for mass increases in global market revenue for wireless charging solutions. According to IHS, the market for wireless charging hardware used in mobile devices will rise nearly forty fold during the next four years.
Live Chat Friday, Mar 14: Lethal Software Defects
Blog  
3/13/2014   8 comments
Don't miss the live online chat Friday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. This is your chance to ask questions about a variety of embedded software applications that have proven to be dangerous -- even lethal.
IoT, Embedded Tech Increases Internet Pervasiveness: Pew
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   6 comments
The Internet of Things is set to change the world. That's probably a good thing, but it's going to take some work.
Yoshida in China: Why 'WeChat'
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3/13/2014   13 comments
The technology companies here seem to believe their highest priority is to get China’s dynamic Internet players -- chiefly, Alibaba and Tencent -- on their side, talking them into pairing new services with their new technologies.
Sony SmartEyeglass, Others Featured at Wearables DevCon
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3/12/2014   1 comment
Wearable designs, devices, and prototypes were on display at Wearables DevCon March 5-7 in Burlingame, Calif.
2D Material Promises Next Generation of Optoelectronics Devices
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A recent paper from MIT researchers is showing how a novel material called tungsten diselenide can help create a new generation of LEDs and other optoelectronic devices.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
News & Analysis  
3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
Programmable RF Arena Welcomes 2 New Products
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   5 comments
Now engineers have a real choice with regard to bringing exciting new wireless products to market.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
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