Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play? News & Analysis 12/17/2015 2 comments Apple’s recent purchase of an 8-inch R&D fab from Maxim has sent industry sources sleuthing for what the Cupertino, Calif. behemoth has up its sleeve now. Prototyping biometric sensors and/or RF switches is possible, speculated Semico Research analysts.
ST to Make LoRa IoT Chips News & Analysis 12/14/2015 Post a comment STMicroelectronics will become a second source for Semtech, making RF chips supporting the LoRa network for the Internet of Things.
The World's No. 2 RF Firm Emerges Behind NXP News & Analysis 12/10/2015 Post a comment Behind the Freescale-NXP mega-merger completed earlier this week was the emergence of Ampleon, NXP’s former RF business unit and now the world’s second largest RF power company. The China-owned company plans on IPO in 4 to 5 years.
IoT Networks Get New Rival News & Analysis 12/9/2015 Post a comment Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things with its 900 MHz Starfish network developed initially for smart utility meters.
RF Charger Taps Tiny Antenna News & Analysis 12/4/2015 9 comments The Cota wireless charging technology from Cairo-based Si-Ware Systems and Ossia Inc. can charge up to eight devices simultaneously at a distance of 30 feet using 2.4 GHz multi-path radio frequency.
3GPP Lost its Way in IoT Blog 12/3/2015 1 comment With decades of experience connecting the world and a membership that includes all major technology and service providers, 3GPP should be the default provider of IoT connectivity. But the 3GPP membership is failing the industry by forgetting the fundamentals that made it a success in the first place -- providing one universal technology.
T.J. Rodgers on Mergers, IoT, More News & Analysis 12/3/2015 Post a comment T.J. Rodgers said the chip industry’s merger mania could continue for another two years in an interview where the Cypress CEO gave an update on his deals and his drive into Bluetooth.
IoT Networks Heat Up News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment Low power wide area networks for the Internet of Things have been attracting new entrants and investors at a heady pace with unannounced offerings still in the pipeline for 2016 trying to enable new IoT apps by undercutting costs and battery life for cellular and WiFi.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
IoT Groups Merge Efforts News & Analysis 11/23/2015 1 comment The Open Interconnect Consortium and the Universal Plug and Play Forum will combine efforts to gain heft in the battle to define the Internet of Things.
11 Views of Hax Demo Day Slideshow 11/13/2015 1 comment Hax, the first of a crop of hardware startup accelerators, staged its seventh demo day, introducing a handful of new companies addressing the Internet of Things.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa News & Analysis 11/10/2015 Post a comment Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts Slideshow 11/5/2015 Post a comment A non-x86 MCU and a partnership with a small building automation company in Sweden were among a handful of insights into Intel's latest efforts to gain traction in the Internet of Things.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Qualcomm sketches road to 5G News & Analysis 11/3/2015 1 comment Qualcomm is starting to discuss its proposals for a 5G cellular air interface that includes a new protocol for the Internet of Things.
Breaking Down Power, Efficiency Trends Blog 11/2/2015 Post a comment We all know that every microwatt counts in consumer electronics, particularly in mobile devices. There is plenty of lip service paid to the need for more efficient power conversion and less power-hungry devices, but there is typically very little content devoted to digging into just what those needs mean and how we can achieve them.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson Blog 10/16/2015 10 comments The rush to analyze Apple products has led to distorted conclusions from some who fail to appreciate the nuances of semiconductor technology, says one analyst.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash Heats Up News & Analysis 10/15/2015 5 comments Startups and smart cities are calling for Wi-Fi phones as cellular carriers make their own push into home and metro Wi-Fi services.
IoT Spectrum on WRC-15 Agenda Blog 10/14/2015 Post a comment Identifying new 700 MHz spectrum bands for the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications is one of the agenda items at the upcoming WRC-15 event.
City Aims to be IoT Petri Dish News & Analysis 10/13/2015 1 comment Bristol is installing high-end public wired and wireless networks aiming to create a place where vendors can experiment to the benefit of companies and citizens.
Open Source Code May Unite IoT Blog 9/21/2015 4 comments A high profile open source project working on software-defined networks has given birth to what could become an important standard for bringing unity to the fragmented Internet of Things.
Mobile Diagnostics Fall Short Blog 9/18/2015 Post a comment If mobile carriers and OEMs aren’t equipped to troubleshoot and repair faulty devices and don’t have qualified staff to make sure that happens, they’re more than likely going to see a drop in both sales and customer loyalty, according to a recent study conducted by a mobile services company.
IoT Lacks Tools, Says EDA Vet News & Analysis 9/11/2015 3 comments The coming world of networked sensors demands a new class of design tools, Berkeley researcher and EDA veteran Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli said at a DARPA event.
Wi-Fi @ 25: A Look Back Slideshow 9/10/2015 7 comments On the 25th anniversary of the first IEEE 802.11 meeting, we take a look back with some of the pioneers of what became Wi-Fi
IoT Nets Snag Wide-Area Player News & Analysis 9/9/2015 2 comments On-Ramp Wireless has renamed itself Ingenu Networks and launched plans for a U.S. national network, the latest in a wide field of nets for the Internet of Things.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios News & Analysis 8/25/2015 7 comments Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee won’t cut it for next-generation nodes on the Internet of Things that need to run on tens of microwatts from energy harvesters, said a Hot Chips presenter.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales News & Analysis 8/25/2015 Post a comment Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC News & Analysis 8/11/2015 12 comments The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip News & Analysis 7/28/2015 7 comments Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.