Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Is 5G a Rorschach Test for RF? Blog 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 Slideshow 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.
IoT Chip Supports Five Networks News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Nest Shares Thread Code News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
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.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.