Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN
News & Analysis 6/17/2016 12 comments
With Bluetooth 5 and mesh chips the former personal area network will extend its reach in home and building automation, challenging Zigbee.
Zigbee Mesh Gets Early Praise
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment
The JupiterMesh wireless network specification from the Zigbee Alliance is getting early praise from analysts as an alternative to Wi-Sun for smart meters and cities.
Apple Expands in AI, Smart Home
News & Analysis 6/13/2016 9 comments
Apple announced software upgrades for the iPhone/iPad, Macintosh, Apple TV and Apple Watch, expanding its reach in machine learning and the smart home.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
News & Analysis 6/10/2016 9 comments
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
Is 5G a Rorschach Test for RF?
Blog 6/6/2016 Post a comment
The sky is not falling -- it is filled with radio waves. What some call the “Golden Age of Wireless,” citing the tera- and zeta-Byte data feeds consumed Facebook and the like, may likely resemble a Rorschach test, in which RF equipment suppliers impose their own order on otherwise ambiguous picture.
17 Views from Imec Tech Forum
Slideshow 5/27/2016 5 comments
The annual Imec Technology Forum provided insights on the silicon road map including the outlook for EUV and FinFETs as well as an update on the Internet of Things.
IoT Chip Supports Five Networks
News & Analysis 5/24/2016 Post a comment
Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone
News & Analysis 5/23/2016 1 comment
After a series of successful field tests, the EEBus Initiative has released version 1.0 of its interoperability standard. Based on the idea of open systems, the specifications can be downloaded freely for everybody; a membership in the EEBus group is not required.
Nest Shares Thread Code
News & Analysis 5/11/2016 Post a comment
Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G
News & Analysis 5/9/2016 1 comment
The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
IoT's Assumptions Trouble Me
Blog 5/5/2016 22 comments
Our Silicon Valley bureau chief admits he doesn't want an Apple Watch or Fitbit and has the audacity to suggest that's not his problem, but the industry's.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors
News & Analysis 5/5/2016 4 comments
Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Radio Show Taps into Sensor Nets
News & Analysis 4/29/2016 4 comments
Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things in an EE Times Radio show.
Apple iPhone Sales Slide 16%
News & Analysis 4/26/2016 5 comments
Apple’s quarterly iPhone sales declined for the first time but the company said it remains bullish on the outlook for its smartphone.
IoT Sparks Clash of Carriers
News & Analysis 4/25/2016 2 comments
The Internet of Things is pitting cellular carriers against each other and new classes of low power wide area network providers.
WiFi Finally Ready for 60 GHz
Blog 4/20/2016 5 comments
The 60 GHz version of WiFi is finally starting to gain traction with a number of OEMs and chip set vendors for a variety of applications, according to the author of a new report on the subject.
5G Work Starts in Earnest
News & Analysis 4/13/2016 1 comment
This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
Bluetooth Gets a Boost
News & Analysis 3/15/2016 3 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy will get faster speeds, longer range and mesh support later this year to compete with Zigbee and 6LoWPAN.
Broadcom Identifies $300M Cuts
News & Analysis 3/3/2016 12 comments
A month after Avago closed the $37 billion deal to acquire Broadcom it created as many as 24 new divisions and announced plans to discontinue $300 million non-core businesses.
Apple, FBI Talks Need Engineers
Blog 2/25/2016 11 comments
A panel of experts need to study and report to the public on the legal and technical alternatives in security and privacy, and engineers need a seat at that table.
Mars and Other Challenges
Slideshow 2/19/2016 Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
19 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/5/2016 3 comments
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
News & Analysis 1/21/2016 9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture
News & Analysis 1/14/2016 Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
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.