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Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
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9/19/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Could AMS' Expansion Be Bad News for Europe?
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9/12/2014   Post a comment
An Austrian chip manufacturer getting hold of another wafer fab has to be good news for Europe, right? Yes, unless….
Apple Watch: 4 Things to Like, 3 Not So Much
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9/10/2014   34 comments
Remember, Apple Watch won’t hit the market until 2015. But as far as I know now, here are a few Apple hits and possible misses.
Edison Leads Intel into Wearables
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9/9/2014   9 comments
Intel released its Edison PC on a module, giving away development boards free to attendees at its annual developer forum here in hopes os staking out a position for its x86 in the emerging Internet of Things.
Smart Shirts Take the Court at US Open
News & Analysis  
9/8/2014   2 comments
Tennis fans attending the US Open this year in New York may have a reason to give the ball boys a second look. Several of them will be sporting the latest in wearable technology -- Polo Tech smart shirts designed by Ralph Lauren.
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
Teardown  
9/8/2014   14 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
Austria's AMS Shopping for Wafer Fab
News & Analysis  
9/8/2014   6 comments
AMS, which manufactures analog circuits, MEMS and sensors in Austria on 200mm-diameter wafers, wants to buy another wafer fab.
Trillion Sensors Not Likely
Break Points  
9/2/2014   14 comments
The trillion-sensor world is not going to happen anytime soon. Just do the math.
The Internet of Things Versus Slumlords
Blog  
8/30/2014   8 comments
Smart thermostats are not only for the well-to-do. One group is developing them to help keep tenement dwellers warm.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
News & Analysis  
8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam's Plan
News & Analysis  
8/22/2014   17 comments
Now that more new cars are equipped with ADAS, the NHTSA plan, unveiled this week, to require V2V communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.
Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
China Moves to Buy Omnivision
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8/19/2014   1 comment
CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
News & Analysis  
8/11/2014   14 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Video: Test Apparatus Uncovers the Flaws of Football Helmets
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8/7/2014   Post a comment
Using sensors and a specialized test stand, engineers are discovering that the root causes of head trauma may lie in a complex pattern of forces that today’s helmets aren’t equipped to handle.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
What Next? Robot Cemeteries?
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8/6/2014   15 comments
Japan daily discovers more unintended consequences associated with the aging population of pet robots. It's hard enough to see your parents age. It's equally hard to see your pet robot grow old.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
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7/29/2014   1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Sony Invests in Stacked Image Sensor Manufacturing Capacity
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7/25/2014   7 comments
Sony Corp. has said it plans to invest 35 billion yen (about $340 million) to increase its production of stacked CMOS image sensors in support of demand for them in smartphones and tablet computers.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
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.
Friday Quiz: Temperature Measurement
Blog  
7/18/2014   18 comments
Try your hand at these questions about using temperature sensors and how they work.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
Blog  
7/16/2014   12 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
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.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
News & Analysis  
7/14/2014   1 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
Blog  
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
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
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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?'
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.
Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
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
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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.
Amazon’s Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
Blog  
6/19/2014   36 comments
Amazon’s Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazon’s 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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
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.
DNA Chip Will Plug Into Handsets
News & Analysis  
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.
Pepper’s 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 people’s emotions. Pepper’s 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   18 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
News & Analysis  
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."
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