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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.