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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Other Tesla David Blaza5 comments I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...