When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo?
Blog 5/28/2015 2 comments
Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
Xray Sensor Startup Raises Funds
News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment
MultiX SA has developed a sensor the ME100 based on CdTe and CdZnTe crystal material. This together with a signal conditioning ASIC and high-speed front-end electronics is capable of measuring the energy of each incident x-ray photon.
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation
News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment
Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Force Sensors Make Medical Devices Smarter
News & Analysis 5/25/2015 Post a comment
The practice of medicine has always been an art as well as a science. But, in the age of value-based care, the balance between those two is shifting in favor of the latter. Sensor-enabled medical devices are playing an important role in the trend.
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
News & Analysis 5/21/2015 2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Maker Movement Turns 10
Slideshow 5/18/2015 11 comments
Maker Faire and Arduino both celebrate tenth anniversaries this year with youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact at an annual gathering.
Robotic Vacuum Keeps it Simple
Blog 5/15/2015 1 comment
The man who oversaw electronics design on Dyson’s first robotic vacuum cleaner came to Silicon Valley this week to deliver a blunt message: keep it simple and test relentlessly.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
News & Analysis 5/15/2015 1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
IoT Security Calls for Action
Blog 5/4/2015 1 comment
To enable the full potential of the Internet of Things, engineers need to address the security challenge through a combination of interoperability, education and good design.
Dell Targets Network Function Virtualization
News & Analysis 5/4/2015 Post a comment
Researchers at Dell Labs in Santa Clara, Calif. want to make networked devices easier to use, seamless in mobility, and simpler for developers. Dell’s year-old research division is hard at work on machine learning software and tools for network function virtualization = to drive the server, telco, and Internet of Things industries.
Vest Uses Haptics for Speech by Feel
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 Post a comment
The Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) under development at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine represents a new form of wearable haptics, one that could find many applications beyond its initial goal of enabling the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech through their body.
UWB Radar Modules Sense Respiration in Next Room
News & Analysis 4/28/2015 Post a comment
Novelda AS, a developer of CMOS impulse radar transceivers, has announced two modules based on its X2 transceivers intended for use in home automation. The company has also raised $12 million in a Series A financing round.
Bluetooth Does IoT 5+ Ways
Slideshow 4/15/2015 5 comments
At Bluetooth World, Google, CSR and Nordic Semi proposed separate ways to link a rising tide of Bluetooth devices into the Internet of Things.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
News & Analysis 4/9/2015 Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 1 comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
News & Analysis 4/2/2015 Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
18 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
14 Views of Fujitsu’s Forum
Slideshow 2/12/2015 Post a comment
In its annual Silicon Valley forum, tech giant Fujitsu showed mainly software innovations ranging from realistic models of the heart to augmented reality wearable devices.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
News & Analysis 2/12/2015 Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Google Glass Needed Better Vision
Blog 2/6/2015 6 comments
The failure of Google Glass taught lessons about connecting smart glasses to real applications where they can make a difference, says the head of the MEMS Industry Group.
IoT Data Model Fills a Gap
Blog 2/4/2015 1 comment
The IPSO Alliance is making freely available a data model for creating interoperable smart objects geared for systems and software that are part of the Internet of Things.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
News & Analysis 2/2/2015 Post a comment
The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
IoT Landscape Needs Mapping
Blog 1/27/2015 8 comments
In the first of a series of blogs on the Internet of Things, Larry Mittag outlines the landscape of concerns around constrained resources, network alternatives and security.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
News & Analysis 1/27/2015 3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.