Drones Eyed for Aid Missions News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos Blog 3/23/2015 1 comment The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2 News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC Slideshow 3/17/2015 3 comments With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming Blog 3/16/2015 14 comments The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
ESC Boston is Really 5 Events in 1 Blog 3/11/2015 Post a comment ESC Boston is co-located with five other UBM Canon events: Quality Expo Showcase Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and BIOMEDevice Boston. Be sure to visit them all.
Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores News & Analysis 2/23/2015 4 comments EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015 Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges Blog 1/22/2015 Post a comment The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech News & Analysis 1/20/2015 4 comments Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module News & Analysis 1/7/2015 13 comments Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
Lutron Opens to Smart Home News & Analysis 1/6/2015 6 comments Lutron is slowly opening up its proprietary wireless building control network to partners and open standards, paving a road to tomorrow's smart homes.
Inside 8 Hardware Accelerators Slideshow 1/5/2015 4 comments We profile a handful of the top hardware accelerators, a new crop of companies cropping up everywhere, most focused on helping startups build devices for the Internet of Things.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine Blog 12/16/2014 2 comments DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT News & Analysis 12/12/2014 35 comments NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser News & Analysis 12/5/2014 11 comments Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers Blog 11/20/2014 8 comments Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand News & Analysis 11/17/2014 5 comments Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter News & Analysis 11/17/2014 6 comments The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric News & Analysis 11/14/2014 5 comments Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con Slideshow 11/14/2014 11 comments At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks News & Analysis 11/12/2014 3 comments The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon News & Analysis 11/11/2014 6 comments Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks Slideshow 10/17/2014 15 comments At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing News & Analysis 10/15/2014 1 comment The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines News & Analysis 10/13/2014 1 comment The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV News & Analysis 10/11/2014 17 comments The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost News & Analysis 10/7/2014 18 comments Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...