iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip Slideshow 4/30/2014 4 comments An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
AMD Unleashes Puma in Mobile News & Analysis 4/30/2014 9 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced two new mobile accelerated processing units – a low-power chip codenamed Mullins and a mainstream chip, Beema - as its next generation of cores. The Puma generation hinges on integrated security, improved power consumption, and increased processing capabilities.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups News & Analysis 4/30/2014 2 comments Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name? Blog 4/29/2014 27 comments Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell? Break Points 4/24/2014 6 comments Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars News & Analysis 4/22/2014 7 comments Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line? Blog 4/18/2014 44 comments Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250 News & Analysis 4/16/2014 5 comments IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 6 comments Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’ News & Analysis 4/10/2014 10 comments Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM News & Analysis 4/8/2014 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses News & Analysis 4/7/2014 4 comments During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box News & Analysis 4/3/2014 1 comment This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks News & Analysis 4/1/2014 20 comments A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.