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Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
News & Analysis  
5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
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.
Slideshow: Beyond Google Glass
5/29/2014   14 comments
A half dozen headset makers demoed devices that aim to leapfrog Google's Project Glass into an emerging 3D augmented-reality market.
Achieving the Compute Performance of the Human Brain
5/29/2014   9 comments
Exascale processing using millions of connected computers might equal or exceed the human brain's processing capacity by the end of the decade.
Smart Way to Drive ECU Consolidation
5/29/2014   Post a comment
Many cars incorporate more than 125 ECUs. Consolidation is an obvious answer. We explore how to integrate more functionality on fewer ECUs without complicating the testing effort.
AMD's 'Bald Eagle' R-Series APUs Soar
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5/28/2014   Post a comment
If the computational and graphics performance of R-Series APUs live up to AMD's claims, then these devices could be game changers.
Google’s New Car to Change Self-Driving Debate
5/28/2014   59 comments
Google has unveiled its design for autonomous cars. Big surprises include the absence of both steering wheel and pedals and a two-seat design that resembles a theme park ride.
Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire TV: Cost Comparison
5/27/2014   8 comments
Can the two-year-old Apple TV product still compete with the 2014 Amazon Fire TV? prices it out.
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.
Google is Making a 3D Imaging Tablet
News & Analysis  
5/27/2014   9 comments
As part of Project Tango, Google may now be building a first-generation 3D tablet.
Goal-Line Tech Stars in World Cup
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.
Is $300 Snapdragon 801 Smartphone With CyanogenMod a Good Idea?
5/24/2014   7 comments
The OnePlus One phone offers a special CyanogenMod 11S Android KitKat version that, among other things, has better privacy features and SMS encryption between CyanogenMod devices. But does that put OnePlus One into a higher-end market?
HP's $99 Android Tablet
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
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.
Connectivity & Sensors: NFC, Humidity, Barometric
5/22/2014   1 comment
As the followup to a blog on essential smartphone sensors, talks about what Near Field Communications hardware and barometric and humidity sensors are found in today's smart devices.
Google Recalls Nest Smoke Detector
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   25 comments
Algorithm-detection flaw may misread any nearby motion as a command to silence an alarm.
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
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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.
Eliminating DRAM From Graphical Interfaces
5/20/2014   4 comments
A new webinar from Renesas shows how to create high-resolution graphical interfaces quickly while eliminating external memory.
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.
Live Chat Friday, May 23: Augmented Reality
5/20/2014   16 comments
Don't miss our live online chat on Friday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. This is your chance to meet the EE Times editors and discuss the future of augmented reality.
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.
What Happens if the Data Stops Flowing?
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/19/2014   27 comments
What will we all do if there's a disaster like a mega-computer virus that brings down all our systems?
Radial Grids in PCB design? Who’d Have Thought...
5/19/2014   11 comments
Traditional rectilinear grids become an issue when you have to design a round PCB, including placing components and routing tracks in circles!
Tech Insight: Free Tools for Offensive Security
5/19/2014   Post a comment
A professional penetration tester offers a look at the latest free and open-source tools available for pen testing and offensive tactics.
World Cup: Ref's Watch Vibrates When a Goal Is Scored
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5/19/2014   12 comments
The Goal Line Technology designed for the Brazil World Cup transmits a message to the referee if all of the ball has crossed the goal-line.
Solid Conference: Software & Hardware Everywhere
5/19/2014   Post a comment
The stellar list of speakers and session abstracts appears to be straight out of the singularity.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Over-the-Top TV Rises at the Expense of Broadcast/Cable TV
5/19/2014   16 comments
The over-the-top (OTT) media battle is about acquiring and maintaining subscribers by offering increasing amounts of third-party and original content while providing the hardware to play it.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
Maker Faire Meets Silicon Valley
5/19/2014   11 comments
Many top tech companies came to Maker Faire this year, trying to ride the growing grassroots movement about the joy of design.
Qualcomm Preps IoT, IBM Upgrades Watson
News & Analysis  
5/16/2014   6 comments
Qualcomm is working on "a portfolio of products" for the Internet of Things, said its new CEO at an event where IBM discussed the future of Watson.
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.
Smart Grid Needs Uncle Sam... a Bit
5/15/2014   5 comments
The US government has a vital but limited role in fostering the transition to the smart grid, according to the head of the Zigbee Alliance.
How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality? Part 2
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/15/2014   17 comments
Will augmented reality be a triumph of information delivery, or a metaphorical millstone around our necks?
The Arduino Zero Is Unveiled
5/15/2014   19 comments
The first prototypes of the Arduino Zero will be on display at the Maker Faire May 17-18 the San Mateo Event Center.
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.
Home App to Control Competitors' Appliances
5/15/2014   1 comment
Bosch’s Home Connect app will control appliances, not only from Bosch and Siemens but from other brands as well.
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.
How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality? Part 1
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/14/2014   34 comments
What sorts of augmented reality information could be presented to us, and how will it be presented?
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
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.
Implementing a Custom Serial Bus
5/13/2014   3 comments
Sometimes the best solution is to implement your own communications protocol from the ground up.
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?
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
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.
Apple Takes Aim at Beats Electronics for Streaming & Wearables
News & Analysis  
5/12/2014   4 comments
The story in the press that Apple is close to acquiring the headphone and online music business Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion has generated a lot of negative and positive buzz.
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