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Energy Harvesting Needs New Tools
Blog  
4/25/2014   11 comments
IoT systems need to employ new algorithms and logic circuits to squeeze what power they can from energy harvesting.
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.
Motorola People, Products Remembered
Blog  
4/16/2014   29 comments
As some of the remaining elements of Motorola are being absorbed into companies such as Lenovo and Zebra, I thought it was a good time to talk about people and products we remember.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Sensors & Actuators Market Forecast on 11% CAGR to 2018
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   Post a comment
After a two-year slump, sales of acceleration, yaw, and magnetic sensors are expected to explode this year and for the next three years.
IoT Blooms in San Francisco
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   7 comments
A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
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.
Slideshow: 10 Things I Saw at Bluetooth World
News & Analysis  
4/9/2014   4 comments
Bluetooth is moving into the Internet of Things in a big way with mesh technology on the horizon and plenty of traction in wearables.
Startup Unveils CPUs for Wearables
Blog  
4/8/2014   5 comments
SoC startup Ineda targets wearables with a new SoC and backing from others, including Imagination, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
Apple Launches iTrial 2
Blog  
4/1/2014   3 comments
Apple's second major patent infringement trial against Samsung is starting off much like the first one 18 months ago when it won a $1B decision.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
IoT Sprinkler Taps the Cloud
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   7 comments
Droplet launched an automated sprinkler system that uses cloud services to calibrate watering needs, shaving utility bills and saving water.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
Blog  
3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Smartphones Tap Printed Antennas, Says EE Live! Speaker
Blog  
3/26/2014   2 comments
Antennas printed with conductive inks are coming to smartphones, and silicon photonics are headed for datacenters, says the CTO of TE Connectivity.
Hittite Expands Power Amplifier Line With Keragis Deal
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3/25/2014   Post a comment
By acquiring most of Keragis in an undisclosed deal, Hittite plans to expand its power amplifier line and its market for military and commercial applications.
IoT Cloud Blooms, Says EE Live! Speaker
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   9 comments
The range of IoT markets and protocols are challenges for those linking smart systems to the Net, says a cloud IoT executive speaking at EE Live!
Battle Over Spreadtrum/RDA Merger
Blog  
3/21/2014   7 comments
The pending merger of two Shanghai-based fabless companies, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, through two separate acquisitions pulled off by Tsinghua Unigroup is "not a done deal," according to several industry sources.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
NC State Research Points the Way to More Energy-Efficient Devices
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   1 comment
In a paper, researchers from North Carolina State University describe how they were able to reduce the coercivity of NFO films. Eventually, this could lead to more energy-efficient sensors, antennas, and other devices.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
Blog  
3/17/2014   10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Embedded V2X Systems Hinge on US Regulations
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   6 comments
The global market for Vehicle to X embedded systems could reach nearly 19 million units by 2020, but that depends on the rules the US Department of Transportation implements.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
News & Analysis  
3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
Low-Power Wireless Modules Market Will Hit $1.4 Billion
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   Post a comment
A growing need for quick, turnkey technology is helping to drive the worldwide market for low-power wireless modules, according to new research. By the end of 2014, the market is expected to hit $1.4 billion.
IoT Pulse Checked at EE Live!
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   1 comment
A market researcher will report at EE Live! whether engineers are increasing or dialing back their expectations for the Internet of Things.
MWC: Surveying the Good, the Bad & the Absent
Blog  
3/3/2014   2 comments
Android, 64-bit chips and low-cost handsets were big at MWC, but Nokia's Android hybrid, Samsung's Tizen, and Google's absence raised questions.
FCC Ponders Wireless 10GE Plan
News & Analysis  
3/3/2014   10 comments
The contract research firm Battelle has petitioned the FCC to open up the 102-109.5 GHz range for wireless 10 Gbit/s Ethernet services for a range of uses.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert
News & Analysis  
2/26/2014   8 comments
US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
RF Micro & TriQuint to Merge in $1.6B Stock Deal
News & Analysis  
2/26/2014   4 comments
A proposed $1.6 billion all-stock merger between TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. is expected to create a wireless component powerhouse capable of providing all of the critical RF building blocks required to simplify handset and equipment design.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC
Blog  
2/24/2014   10 comments
Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Wearable Patent Battles Ahead
Blog  
2/24/2014   3 comments
The rapid rise of wearable computing products will likely spawn another round of patent battles, many of them fought at the International Trade Commission
Startup Stacks Chips Wirelessly
News & Analysis  
2/21/2014   28 comments
ThruChip of Japan wants to license an inductive coupling method for linking 3D chip stacks wirelessly, saving costs and hassles of wired links.
Antcor Drives WiFi at 900 MHz
News & Analysis  
2/20/2014   6 comments
A new DSP block from Antcor supports the pending 802.11ah standard for 900 MHz WiFi, geared for the Internet of Things.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz
Blog  
2/20/2014   4 comments
5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
Blog  
2/19/2014   2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
How to Use a Digital Oscilloscope
Blog  
2/19/2014   Post a comment
Everything you ever wanted (or needed) to know about digital oscilloscopes.
Startup Claims Cellular Breakthrough
News & Analysis  
2/19/2014   22 comments
Artemis, the latest startup of serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman, claims it can virtualize cellular base stations, creating capacity for users and carriers.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap
Slideshow  
2/14/2014   34 comments
The startup era is ending, chief executives and investors said, so the semiconductor industry has to find innovation from another source.
IoT Street-Wise CTO at EE Live!
News & Analysis  
2/13/2014   4 comments
Startup IoT pioneers, including the CTO of Streetline, will share their experiences in the IoT summit at EE Live! 2014.
Big Data 4x Faster
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/13/2014   Post a comment
Scientists at IBM set a new speed record for Big Data that they say will improve Internet speeds to 200 – 400 Gb/s and do it at low power.
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog  
2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Spansion, Post Merger, to Launch Auto SoC Mid-2014
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   19 comments
Spansion plans to home in on the automotive market by launching new SoC products, the first fruits of the acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU and analog businesses, in the middle of this year.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   23 comments
In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
Slideshow  
1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
M2M Test Equipment Will Be Needed & Soon
Blog  
1/24/2014   4 comments
The growth of machine-to-machine communications will force test-equipment manufacturers to develop new equipment, particularly for installation and maintenance.
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