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.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
Blog 7/16/2014 10 comments
Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 2 comments
Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 6 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.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments
Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
ARM Jumps on Open-Source Sensors
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 Post a comment
ARM Semiconductors jumps into the open-source sensor hubs game by teaming with sensor algorithm company Sensor Platforms to produce open-source software for sensor hub applications.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
Blog 6/27/2014 32 comments
The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 Post a comment
Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
Slideshow 6/16/2014 11 comments
Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
Blog 6/10/2014 1 comment
eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment
News & Analysis 6/9/2014 3 comments
Collaboration between Ziptronix and EVG has led to submicron post-bond alignment accuracy on customer-provided wafers. The process supports stacking and can be applied to memory and image sensors.
Pepperís 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 peopleís emotions. Pepperís 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 17 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.
Haute Couture Meets High Tech
Slideshow 6/4/2014 8 comments
According to Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht, fashion lacks microcontrollers. Using microcontrollers, sensors, and 3D printing, Wipprecht believes that the future of fashion is in technology.
Leap Motion Gives Gesture Update
News & Analysis 6/2/2014 1 comment
Motion sensing company Leap Motion is testing advanced software that will identify complex movements. Founder and CTO David Holz spoke with EE Times about his vision for changing the way humans interact with technology.
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 isnít 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.
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.
Teardown Compares Combo Sensors
Blog 5/12/2014 3 comments
The latest nine-axis combo sensors from Bosch, InvenSense, and STMicro have similar costs despite different designs, according to a System Plus Consulting chip teardown.
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.
Teledyne Dalsa's CEO Retires
News & Analysis 5/7/2014 1 comment
Teledyne Dalsa, a pure-play foundry for the manufacture of MEMS, high voltage CMOS, and advanced CCDs, announces retirement of CEO Brian Doody after 29 years with the company.