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Shifts Sited in Mixed-Signal Design
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Profound changes in the design of high-speed mixed-signal ICs are needed to cope with their increasing complexity and performance demands.
Wi-Fi Interference Hits Spotlight
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8/9/2016   2 comments
The levels of interference between Wi-Fi access points are all over the board according to tests presented at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash in Air War
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8/8/2016   8 comments
A test plan for LTE-U has sparked a battle between cellular and Wi-Fi companies over how to share unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum.
Wearables Try On Package Options
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7/28/2016   Post a comment
The fragmented market for wearable computers is pushing innovations in device packaging and interconnects said Qualcomm, Mediatek and others.
Smartwatches Give Mobile Uptick
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7/26/2016   Post a comment
Smartwatches will dominate wearables which are driving growth and excitement in mobile amid a slowing smartphone market, said analyst Linley Gwennap.
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Startup Greenwaves is working on a high performance SoC to make nodes on the Internet of Things capable of machine learning and high data rates.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
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7/20/2016   1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
5G Research Gets U.S. Call
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7/16/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
IoT Hears a Cellular Call
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7/7/2016   3 comments
Hugo Fiennes sees a few forks in the road to the Internet of Things and he plans to take them.
5G, Cellular IoT Step Ahead
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm followed Ericsson and others rolling out prototype 5G products as the 3GPP finished 4G standards for the Internet of Things.
Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN
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6/17/2016   12 comments
With Bluetooth 5 and mesh chips the former personal area network will extend its reach in home and building automation, challenging Zigbee.
Zigbee Mesh Gets Early Praise
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
The JupiterMesh wireless network specification from the Zigbee Alliance is getting early praise from analysts as an alternative to Wi-Sun for smart meters and cities.
Apple Expands in AI, Smart Home
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6/13/2016   9 comments
Apple announced software upgrades for the iPhone/iPad, Macintosh, Apple TV and Apple Watch, expanding its reach in machine learning and the smart home.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
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6/10/2016   9 comments
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
Cellular IoT Raises Hopes, Concerns
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6/9/2016   2 comments
Emerging cellular LTE and other low power wide area networks are creating a fragmented web of options to connect the Internet of Things.
Biometric Sensor Startup Raises $5M
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Sensifree Ltd. (Cupertino, Calif.) a developer of an RF-based low power biomedical sensor, has completed a $5 million round of Series A financing.
Is 5G a Rorschach Test for RF?
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
The sky is not falling -- it is filled with radio waves. What some call the “Golden Age of Wireless,” citing the tera- and zeta-Byte data feeds consumed Facebook and the like, may likely resemble a Rorschach test, in which RF equipment suppliers impose their own order on otherwise ambiguous picture.
17 Views from Imec Tech Forum
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5/27/2016   5 comments
The annual Imec Technology Forum provided insights on the silicon road map including the outlook for EUV and FinFETs as well as an update on the Internet of Things.
Friday Quiz: Signal Conditioning Circuits
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5/27/2016   1 comment
Most sensors need some kind of amplification, isolation, filtering, or buffering between them and an ADC.
IoT Chip Supports Five Networks
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5/24/2016   Post a comment
Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone
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5/23/2016   1 comment
After a series of successful field tests, the EEBus Initiative has released version 1.0 of its interoperability standard. Based on the idea of open systems, the specifications can be downloaded freely for everybody; a membership in the EEBus group is not required.
18 Views of an IoT World
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5/13/2016   4 comments
Established and emerging companies showed their latest ideas for the emerging Internet of Things at IoT World.
Nest Shares Thread Code
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G
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5/9/2016   1 comment
The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
IoT's Assumptions Trouble Me
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5/5/2016   22 comments
Our Silicon Valley bureau chief admits he doesn't want an Apple Watch or Fitbit and has the audacity to suggest that's not his problem, but the industry's.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors
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5/5/2016   4 comments
Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
How Intel Missed the Smartphone Call
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5/1/2016   10 comments
Its lack of expertise in SoCs, insistence on its x86 architecture and some bad luck kept Intel from enjoying the smartphone boom.
Radio Show Taps into Sensor Nets
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4/29/2016   4 comments
Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things in an EE Times Radio show.
Apple iPhone Sales Slide 16%
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4/26/2016   5 comments
Apple’s quarterly iPhone sales declined for the first time but the company said it remains bullish on the outlook for its smartphone.
IoT Sparks Clash of Carriers
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4/25/2016   2 comments
The Internet of Things is pitting cellular carriers against each other and new classes of low power wide area network providers.
Wearables Pose New Security Risks
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Design flaws can create security vulnerabilities in wearable devices, according to a new report from the IEEE based on a fictional WearFit device.
Harvest Electricity from Magnetism
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4/20/2016   10 comments
Researchers have demonstrated an "inverse" spin-Hall effect, which converts magnetic spin into electrical current in the presence of pulsed microwaves.
WiFi Finally Ready for 60 GHz
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4/20/2016   5 comments
The 60 GHz version of WiFi is finally starting to gain traction with a number of OEMs and chip set vendors for a variety of applications, according to the author of a new report on the subject.
5G Work Starts in Earnest
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4/13/2016   1 comment
This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
Intel Mobile Chief’s Hard Monday
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4/4/2016   2 comments
You think you had a hard Monday? Consider the case of Aicha Evans.
Bluetooth Gets a Boost
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3/15/2016   3 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy will get faster speeds, longer range and mesh support later this year to compete with Zigbee and 6LoWPAN.
A Slow Penetration for RF CMOS
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3/9/2016   Post a comment
After 10 years of debate, where we are with RF CMOS?
Flexible Batteries, Electronics Expand
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3/8/2016   Post a comment
The market for thin-film batteries is on the rise, according to a new report issued as the flexible electronics sector holds an annual gathering.
Broadcom Identifies $300M Cuts
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3/3/2016   13 comments
A month after Avago closed the $37 billion deal to acquire Broadcom it created as many as 24 new divisions and announced plans to discontinue $300 million non-core businesses.
Apple, FBI Talks Need Engineers
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2/25/2016   11 comments
A panel of experts need to study and report to the public on the legal and technical alternatives in security and privacy, and engineers need a seat at that table.
Facebook Friends the Telco Cloud
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2/22/2016   3 comments
Cellular base stations and other telco gear may go the way of open servers if a new group gets its way.
Mars and Other Challenges
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2/19/2016   Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Startup Dials in 5G Air Interface
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2/17/2016   Post a comment
Startup Cohere released tests of its technique for improving wireless connections on the eve of meetings to define a 5G cellular air interface.
19 Views of ISSCC
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2/5/2016   3 comments
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
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1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
Streetlight Shines on Metro IoT
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1/11/2016   4 comments
A smart streetlight developed by Philips is shining a light on the Internet of Things in smart cities.
Will Apple Drive Analog ICs?
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1/11/2016   5 comments
Analog expert Stephan Ohr turns his oscilloscope on the possible impact Apple could have with its new fab in San Jose.
Today 3PM EST/Noon PT: 5G Hurdles Gauged at DesignCon
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12/29/2015   1 comment
Speakers from Intel, Keysight, Qualcomm and Rohde & Schwarz will size up the design challenges for 5G systems in a panel at DesignCon.
What's Apple Want With an Old Maxim Fab?
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12/17/2015   12 comments
200mm R&D fab likely to be used for prototyping, building MEMS or mix-signal devices.
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