WiFi Finally Ready for 60 GHz Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Broadcom Identifies $300M Cuts News & Analysis 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 Blog 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.
Mars and Other Challenges Slideshow 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.
19 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play? News & Analysis 12/17/2015 2 comments Apple’s recent purchase of an 8-inch R&D fab from Maxim has sent industry sources sleuthing for what the Cupertino, Calif. behemoth has up its sleeve now. Prototyping biometric sensors and/or RF switches is possible, speculated Semico Research analysts.
ST to Make LoRa IoT Chips News & Analysis 12/14/2015 Post a comment STMicroelectronics will become a second source for Semtech, making RF chips supporting the LoRa network for the Internet of Things.
The World's No. 2 RF Firm Emerges Behind NXP News & Analysis 12/10/2015 Post a comment Behind the Freescale-NXP mega-merger completed earlier this week was the emergence of Ampleon, NXP’s former RF business unit and now the world’s second largest RF power company. The China-owned company plans on IPO in 4 to 5 years.
IoT Networks Get New Rival News & Analysis 12/9/2015 Post a comment Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things with its 900 MHz Starfish network developed initially for smart utility meters.
RF Charger Taps Tiny Antenna News & Analysis 12/4/2015 9 comments The Cota wireless charging technology from Cairo-based Si-Ware Systems and Ossia Inc. can charge up to eight devices simultaneously at a distance of 30 feet using 2.4 GHz multi-path radio frequency.
3GPP Lost its Way in IoT Blog 12/3/2015 1 comment With decades of experience connecting the world and a membership that includes all major technology and service providers, 3GPP should be the default provider of IoT connectivity. But the 3GPP membership is failing the industry by forgetting the fundamentals that made it a success in the first place -- providing one universal technology.
T.J. Rodgers on Mergers, IoT, More News & Analysis 12/3/2015 Post a comment T.J. Rodgers said the chip industry’s merger mania could continue for another two years in an interview where the Cypress CEO gave an update on his deals and his drive into Bluetooth.
IoT Networks Heat Up News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment Low power wide area networks for the Internet of Things have been attracting new entrants and investors at a heady pace with unannounced offerings still in the pipeline for 2016 trying to enable new IoT apps by undercutting costs and battery life for cellular and WiFi.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
IoT Groups Merge Efforts News & Analysis 11/23/2015 1 comment The Open Interconnect Consortium and the Universal Plug and Play Forum will combine efforts to gain heft in the battle to define the Internet of Things.
11 Views of Hax Demo Day Slideshow 11/13/2015 1 comment Hax, the first of a crop of hardware startup accelerators, staged its seventh demo day, introducing a handful of new companies addressing the Internet of Things.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa News & Analysis 11/10/2015 Post a comment Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts Slideshow 11/5/2015 Post a comment A non-x86 MCU and a partnership with a small building automation company in Sweden were among a handful of insights into Intel's latest efforts to gain traction in the Internet of Things.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Qualcomm sketches road to 5G News & Analysis 11/3/2015 1 comment Qualcomm is starting to discuss its proposals for a 5G cellular air interface that includes a new protocol for the Internet of Things.
Breaking Down Power, Efficiency Trends Blog 11/2/2015 Post a comment We all know that every microwatt counts in consumer electronics, particularly in mobile devices. There is plenty of lip service paid to the need for more efficient power conversion and less power-hungry devices, but there is typically very little content devoted to digging into just what those needs mean and how we can achieve them.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson Blog 10/16/2015 10 comments The rush to analyze Apple products has led to distorted conclusions from some who fail to appreciate the nuances of semiconductor technology, says one analyst.
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.