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Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
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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.
Friday Quiz: Temperature Measurement
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7/18/2014   13 comments
Try your hand at these questions about using temperature sensors and how they work.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
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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
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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
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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.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   Post a comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
Efficient Buildings to Be 100% Sensed
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7/10/2014   3 comments
Sensing and control technology in the built environment will make for an energy-efficient future, says DOE researcher.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion
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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
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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?'
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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.
Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
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6/25/2014   12 comments
mCube hopes to expand into low-end smartphones and wearables with new round of series C funding.
Bosch 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for Always-On Future
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6/25/2014   3 comments
Bosch's Sensortec aims its integrated low-power sensor platform for always-on applications in mobile and the Internet of Things.
Smarter Sensor Hub Tops Off Android
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6/25/2014   7 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. supports all 4.4 KitKat sensor functions for latest Android operating system.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
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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
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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.
Amazonís Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
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6/19/2014   36 comments
Amazonís Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazonís 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
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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.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
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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.
Wearable Data Acquisition on the Golf Course
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6/16/2014   6 comments
A wearable data acquisition system that analyzes your golf swing.
SiGe Chips Reduce Cost in 245GHz Gas Spectroscopy
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6/14/2014   Post a comment
Scientists have developed a compact, cost-effective sensor system for gas spectroscopy in 245GHz frequency range.
Honey, I Shrunk the IoT Gateway
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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.
ON Semi's Aptina Acquisition Aims at Automotive
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6/11/2014   2 comments
ON Semiconductor's $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging makes ON Semi the world's repository of CMOS image sensor experts.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
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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
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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.
DNA Chip Will Plug Into Handsets
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6/9/2014   7 comments
Illumina discussed its early research on a chip that could plug into a smartphone, delivering genomic diagnostics to consumers in clinics.
Pepperís Mission After Astro Boy, ASIMO & Aibo
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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
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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.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Haute Couture Meets High Tech
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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
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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.
Slideshow: Beyond Google Glass
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5/29/2014   14 comments
A half dozen headset makers demoed devices that aim to leapfrog Google's Project Glass into an emerging 3D augmented-reality market.
IoT on Display at SolidCon
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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.
Connectivity & Sensors: NFC, Humidity, Barometric
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5/22/2014   1 comment
As the followup to a blog on essential smartphone sensors, Teardown.com talks about what Near Field Communications hardware and barometric and humidity sensors are found in today's smart devices.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT
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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
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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.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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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
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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
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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.
Qualcomm Preps IoT, IBM Upgrades Watson
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5/16/2014   6 comments
Qualcomm is working on "a portfolio of products" for the Internet of Things, said its new CEO at an event where IBM discussed the future of Watson.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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.
Smart Tires: Software Measures Tread Depth
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5/9/2014   7 comments
A technique that detects if a tire has insufficient tread depth uses software to deduce the actual tread depth from the gradual changes in the tire's rolling behavior over time.
US Event Flexes IoT Muscle
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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.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
Teledyne Dalsa's CEO Retires
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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.
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