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Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play?
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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.
Z-Wave, ZigBee Upgrade IoT Efforts
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12/16/2015   Post a comment
ZigBee and Z-Wave are both getting upgrades amid a rising tide of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 6LoWPAN devices for the Internet of Things.
ST to Make LoRa IoT Chips
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Meets 40,000 Streetlights
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11/24/2015   3 comments
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
IoT Groups Merge Efforts
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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.
5G Challenges Call for Startups
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11/18/2015   Post a comment
A pioneer of MIMO antenna technology gave his opinions on the challenges developing a 5G cellular standard and called for startups to attack them.
11 Views of Hax Demo Day
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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
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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.
Printed Electronics Make a Mark
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11/9/2015   2 comments
A handful of companies will show new kinds of products using printed electronics at an annual Silicon Valley event on the sector.
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
IoT Startup Revises 802.15.4 Nets
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Startup Helium debuts its first product, an end-to-end platform for the Internet of Things using a variant of 802.15.4 networks.
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
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10/23/2015   1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
On Semi Acquires Swiss RF Chip Firm
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10/19/2015   Post a comment
On Semiconductor has acquired Axsem AG (Duebendorf, Switzerland), a vendor of sub-gigahertz radio chips, for an undisclosed sum.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson
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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.
Privacy Debate Flares in Smart City
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10/16/2015   6 comments
Mia Nyegaard wants her privacy. It’s both a reasonable request and a tall order in this digital age of information.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash Heats Up
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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
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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
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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.
Medtech Event Debuts New Projects
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
The annual Body Computing Conference will discuss work on injectable sensors, virtual clinics and crowd-sourced health research, said Leslie Saxon
Report: Cypress Preps Bid to Snatch Atmel from Dialog
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is preparing an offer in an attempt to outbid Dialog Semiconductor plc for Atmel Corp., according to a Reuters report that referenced unnamed sources.
Open Source Code May Unite IoT
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
DecaWave Preps For Expansion, Next Location Chip
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9/8/2015   Post a comment
Even though ultrawideband fabless chip company DecaWave Ltd. has only recently raised funding of $4.5 million the company is planning for another substantial round as it looks to develop future lower power chips.
Qualcomm Sketches Out Kyro Core
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9/8/2015   2 comments
Qualcomm sketched out details of Kyro, the custom ARM core in its next-generation Snapdragon SoC which got rave reviews from one veteran analyst.
Qorvo Takes Strategic Stake in MEMS Vendor Cavendish
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8/28/2015   Post a comment
RF MEMS switch vendor Cavendish Kinetics Ltd. has raised $36 million in a Series-F round of financing that includes a $25 million stake taken by RF component company Qorvo Inc. through its subsidiary TriQuint Inc.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios
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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
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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.
Broadband Protocol Evolves for IoT
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8/17/2015   Post a comment
A ten-year-old protocol for broadband home devices is evolving to handle the rising tide of IoT devices and cloud services.
Qualcomm Tips Comeback Chip
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8/12/2015   Post a comment
The specs on Qualcomm’s comeback chip look good to a veteran analyst who is particularly impressed by its graphics and imaging improvements.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
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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
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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
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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.
5 Biggest IoT Security Blunders
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
A Bluetooth expert debunks myths and untangles messy methodologies that have resulted in security snafus in the Internet of Things
IoT Net Gets New Leader
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
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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.
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