Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 10 comments
The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Kid-Friendly Science Museums We Love
Slideshow 7/30/2014 52 comments
In summer, parents find themselves groping for the perfect spot to take the kids -- some science or tech museum where they might learn something. We asked our editors to recommend favorites in their neighborhoods.
Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps
Blog 7/30/2014 1 comment
Google has set up three basecamps to help long-term Explorers, those new to the program, and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
News & Analysis 7/29/2014 1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes
News & Analysis 7/28/2014 14 comments
The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
7 Insurance Issues With Your Self-Driving Car
Blog 7/28/2014 49 comments
People talk about the significant reduction in automotive insurance rates (if you drive a self-driving car, that is) and how it will add momentum to autonomy. Is the assumption correct? I popped the question to the insurance industry.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
Blog 7/25/2014 Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
News & Analysis 7/23/2014 30 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
Blog 7/18/2014 3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
News & Analysis 7/17/2014 7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 5 comments
With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 2 comments
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 28 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 8 comments
Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
EE Times Silicon 60: Hot Startups to Watch
Slideshow 7/15/2014 4 comments
Thirty-eight new companies join version 15.1 of our list of 60 emerging startups. Newcomers range from IP cores and materials to power semiconductors, MEMS, sensors, and Internet of Things developers.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 5 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IBM Migrates to the Cloud
News & Analysis 7/14/2014 3 comments
IBM says it can offer its cloud customers 90 percent savings with its hardware, software, and storage capability for cloud-based and hybrid users.
Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill
Blog 7/13/2014 88 comments
When I think about IoT devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my intervention, and talking about my habits to a total stranger behind my back, the very idea just creeps me out.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
News & Analysis 7/11/2014 8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
News & Analysis 7/10/2014 8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
News & Analysis 7/10/2014 Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
News & Analysis 7/10/2014 1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
World Cup Tech Firsts & Flops
Slideshow 7/9/2014 8 comments
Athletes and fans have spilled blood, sweat, and tears over World Cup games. After a month of intense matches and the final game scheduled for July 13, EE Times looks at World Cup technology successes and flops.