Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
News & Analysis 7/22/2014 3 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis 7/21/2014 3 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
Blog 7/18/2014 3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog 7/17/2014 4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
News & Analysis 7/17/2014 7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Broadcom Raises Small-Cell Bid
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 Post a comment
Broadcom is sampling an updated line of its small cell chipsets for residential and enterprise markets. The BCM617XX family of SoCs supports 3G, 4G, and LTE for what Broadcom considers to be a growing market.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
News & Analysis 6/19/2014 2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Wearables Get a New Interface
Blog 6/17/2014 1 comment
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
Brazilian Telecoms Go LTE-A, Rural
News & Analysis 6/17/2014 4 comments
With the World Cup well underway, soccer fans and telecom companies are testing 4G infrastructure mandated by the Brazilian government to handle massive user increases. Officials are optimistic about the strength of wireless networks and, despite delays, are moving forward with LTE rollout.
Pepperís Mission After Astro Boy, ASIMO & Aibo
Blog 6/6/2014 4 comments
Next February Japanese cellular operator SoftBank will launch a humanoid named Pepper, which can read peopleís emotions. Pepperís mission is to entertain us. I see a lot of upside for SoftBank, but little for consumers.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
News & Analysis 6/6/2014 17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
IoT on Display at SolidCon
Slideshow 5/23/2014 10 comments
In the growing Internet of Things, devices that were once strictly mechanical are now blends of hardware and software -- packages of microcontrollers, sensors, and networked software. The result is a connected world full of possibilities for medical, industrial, and commercial verticals.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT
News & Analysis 5/21/2014 3 comments
Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isnít enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Brazil Drives to 4G for World Cup
News & Analysis 5/14/2014 5 comments
The eyes of soccer fans around the globe will be on Brazil June 12 when at least 3.7 million people descend for the World Cup. A race is on to deploy new networks to ensure the influx of fans will be able to get on the mobile web, but the outcome is still uncertain.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
News & Analysis 5/12/2014 1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
US Event Flexes IoT Muscle
News & Analysis 5/9/2014 2 comments
Next month's Smart America Summit in Washington, DC, will demo 24 IoT projects supported by more than 100 companies, colleges, and hospitals.
UPnP+ Bridges IoT to Cloud
News & Analysis 5/8/2014 4 comments
A new set of specs and code from the Universal Plug and Play Forum aims to bridge non-IP devices and cloud services into its WiFi world.
Spectrum Should Be Shared
Blog 4/30/2014 11 comments
Regulators need to adopt new approaches to allocating spectrum in shared, dynamic ways, given the rising tsunami of mobile data.
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 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 Ė wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Will ĎMakersí Help Chip Guysí 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.