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Tire Sensor for Industrial Trucks Solves a Burning Problem
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   2 comments
A research project of the Hannover University is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of the tires on industrial trucks.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
News & Analysis  
9/25/2014   9 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
Slideshow  
9/19/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
Blog  
9/15/2014   2 comments
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
5G Rise Slowed by Cost, Regulation
News & Analysis  
9/15/2014   1 comment
Much needs to be done to secure the infrastructure necessary for fifth-generation wireless communications and the use of millimeter wave technology. As researchers at NYU Polytechnic’s wireless research center make strides in mapping and measuring frequencies between 10 and 300 GHz, Moore's Law and governmental regulations are slowing the process.
5G Research Rides MM Waves
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9/11/2014   Post a comment
Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
FCC Chairman Takes On Wireless Industry
Blog  
9/9/2014   2 comments
FCC Chairmon Tom Wheeler came out swinging against the wireless carriers at CTIA's Super Mobility Week conference.
Small Cells Tipped by Big 3
News & Analysis  
9/9/2014   7 comments
Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their small cell base stations, highlighting migration to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks.
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
Teardown  
9/8/2014   16 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
Tuning in Spectrum's White Space
Blog  
9/8/2014   3 comments
Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies have evolved significantly in and out of the lab in the past decade, but more work remains to bring the approach to mainstream use.
B’com Upgrades WiFi, BT Combo
News & Analysis  
9/5/2014   2 comments
roadcom announced a next-generation WiFi 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output combo chip for mobile devices. The BCM4358 chipset aims to improve user experience on various connected devices by partitioning Bluetooth and WiFi communications.
3G/4G Rising for M2M
Blog  
9/3/2014   2 comments
3G and 4G cellular networking is on a rapid rise in machine-to-machine applications, according to an analyst with market watcher Berg Insights.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train
Blog  
9/2/2014   3 comments
The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
The People Who Created Our Jobs
Blog  
8/27/2014   11 comments
Without the likes of Ohm, Faraday, Henry, and many others, we would not have the electrical engineering jobs we have today.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
News & Analysis  
8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF
News & Analysis  
8/4/2014   13 comments
As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
Keysight Technologies Opens Its Doors
News & Analysis  
8/1/2014   19 comments
The former Electronic Measurement Group of Agilent Technologies has officially opened as Keysight Technologies.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
News & Analysis  
7/29/2014   1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Friday Quiz: Decibels and S Parameters
Blog  
7/25/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of that ratio of two powers and the ins and outs of S parameters.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
News & Analysis  
7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
News & Analysis  
7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
Blog  
7/18/2014   3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog  
7/17/2014   4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
News & Analysis  
7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
News & Analysis  
7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Broadcom Raises Small-Cell Bid
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7/16/2014   Post a comment
Broadcom is sampling an updated line of its small cell chipsets for residential and enterprise markets. The BCM617XX family of SoCs supports 3G, 4G, and LTE for what Broadcom considers to be a growing market.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis  
7/15/2014   5 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
Slideshow: Inside Google's Modular Phone
Slideshow  
7/9/2014   5 comments
A top Google tech exec gave a deep dive into the challenges -- and promises -- behind the company's Ara modular phone initiative.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
News & Analysis  
7/8/2014   4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
Spectrum Sharing Omens Bode Well
Blog  
7/1/2014   1 comment
Dynamic spectrum sharing is gaining momentum in five ways, says the leader of a consortium pushing for the policy changes.
Amazon’s Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
Blog  
6/19/2014   37 comments
Amazon’s Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazon’s strategy -- pushing its own hardware, not the app, so closely tied to its own store -- raises some serious questions.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
News & Analysis  
6/17/2014   6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Wearables Get a New Interface
Blog  
6/17/2014   1 comment
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
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.
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