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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.
IMS2014: RF Instruments Go Faceless
Blog  
6/17/2014   1 comment
At the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium, RF test instruments without screens were often in plain sight.
Honey, I Shrunk the IoT Gateway
Blog  
6/12/2014   3 comments
A new class of micro-gateways is emerging to increase performance and lower power consumption, driven by advances in FDSOI process technology.
IBM Upgrades RF Foundry Efforts
News & Analysis  
6/10/2014   21 comments
IBM is ramping up new silicon-on-insulator and silicon germanium processes in one of its fabs, amid reports the unit is up for sale.
Pepper’s 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 people’s emotions. Pepper’s 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   18 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.
Regulators May Stymie 60 GHz Use
Blog  
5/28/2014   4 comments
Emerging 60GHz communications could be a prime example of how a market can be held back by subtle differences in government regulations.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
News & Analysis  
5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
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 isn’t 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.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
Maker Faire Meets Silicon Valley
Slideshow  
5/19/2014   11 comments
Many top tech companies came to Maker Faire this year, trying to ride the growing grassroots movement about the joy of design.
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.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
WiGig Is Coming, Test Equipment Close Behind
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   13 comments
As WiGig moves into production, the major test equipment companies will test it.
Verdict Split in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   31 comments
Jurors awarded Apple $119 million, a fraction of the $2+ billion it sought, failing to hurt the Korean company or slow the Android juggernaut.
Wearable Shakeup Ahead, CTO Says
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   19 comments
Wearables will see a shakeout this year, says the CTO of Lenovo, confirming the computer giant has started a modest chip-design group.
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.
Smartphones Leave Identifiable 'Fingerprints'
News & Analysis  
4/29/2014   3 comments
Components leave identifiable markers on sensor data and radio signals without requiring any personal data.
Startups Pioneer Printed Electronics
News & Analysis  
4/29/2014   4 comments
Kalamazoo, Mich., was once known as a paper mill town, but these days it is emerging as a center for a coming wave of printed electronics.
Slideshow: Exhibits in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
4/28/2014   5 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case has generated thousands of pages of exhibits from which we pulled 17 pages that were widely cited or insightful.
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
News & Analysis  
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.
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