Intel, You Can Drive My Car
News & Analysis 5/30/2014 32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
Who Owns the Space Above Your Garden?
News & Analysis 5/27/2014 23 comments
Following the European Commission's recent announcement that it would harmonize legislation regarding unmanned drones, EE Times Europe caught up with Yannick Levy, Parrot's Vice President of Corporate Business Development with a close eye on both professional and hobbyist drones.
Goal-Line Tech Stars in World Cup
Slideshow 5/24/2014 12 comments
Why this year's World Cup is not to be missed: innovative goal-line technology will help match officials rule for the first time at the football World Cup that kicks off 12th June in Brazil.
HP's $99 Android Tablet
Blog 5/23/2014 3 comments
Tablet bargain seekers have another option in HP's new $99 Android tablet, but the device's specs and battery life disappoint.
IoT on Display at SolidCon
Slideshow 5/23/2014 10 comments
In the growing Internet of Things, devices that were once strictly mechanical are now blends of hardware and software -- packages of microcontrollers, sensors, and networked software. The result is a connected world full of possibilities for medical, industrial, and commercial verticals.
Smartphones Take Large LCDs out of the Game
News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments
The effects of the penetration of portable smart devices has brought LCD monitor shipments to an historical 10-year low in the 1Q14, reports NPD DisplaySearch in its "Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report."
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT
News & Analysis 5/21/2014 3 comments
Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
News & Analysis 5/20/2014 1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 5 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 15 comments
Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Electric Imp Sees Life Beyond WiFi
News & Analysis 5/14/2014 4 comments
A local Internet of Things startup founded by Apple, Google, and Facebook engineers is looking to connect everything through a SoC with Wi-Fi node and cloud-based software. Electric Imp launched three years ago with a memory card-sized plug-and-play device, but recently decided on a new direction.
Modular Tablet Plugs Into Partners
News & Analysis 5/14/2014 2 comments
Texas-based Entegra Technologies today debuted a modular tablet built for military and enterprise, based on an open source platform. The Crossfire Pro allows users to choose operating systems, processor ecosystems, I/O ports, wireless connectivity, and accessories.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Fiber Supercapacitor Aims to Power Wearable Devices
News & Analysis 5/13/2014 1 comment
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, and Case Western Reserve University in the USA claim to have developed a fiber supercapacitor that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors and communications.
Should Reference Designs Be Free?
Blog 5/12/2014 26 comments
If using a reference design involves your purchasing that vendor's components, should there be a cost involved with the reference design? Is it more appropriate for the design to be provided for free?
Microsoft Surface: Why More Is More
News & Analysis 5/12/2014 2 comments
Microsoft may debut an expanded lineup of Surface tablets on May 20 -- including a bigger model. This could be just what Microsoft's tablets need to finally succeed.
Teardown Compares Combo Sensors
Blog 5/12/2014 3 comments
The latest nine-axis combo sensors from Bosch, InvenSense, and STMicro have similar costs despite different designs, according to a System Plus Consulting chip teardown.