IoT's Assumptions Trouble Me Blog 5/5/2016 1 comment Our Silicon Valley bureau chief admits he doesn't want an Apple Watch or Fitbit and has the audacity to suggest that's not his problem, but the industry's.
AMS Wins $77 Million from Intersil News & Analysis 5/5/2016 Post a comment A Texas Judge has ordered power management and analog iC company Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) to pay Austria's AMS $77 million in damages, including $10 million in exemplary damages.
Printed Pressure & Temp Sensors Added to Tires News & Analysis 4/5/2016 1 comment Silent Sensors has moved to CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre in the UK to scale up the London-based company's patented tire sensor technology, which has been developed to measure tire pressure and temperature.
Imaging Revolution: Forget Frames News & Analysis 2/15/2016 7 comments Chronocam has developed an image sensor to capture images not based on frames, but driven by events within view. As imaging shifts to sensing, “Chronocam lies at the forefront of this new wave of innovation,” says an analyst.
19 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/5/2016 3 comments Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving? News & Analysis 2/4/2016 16 comments Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors? News & Analysis 1/28/2016 2 comments Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
High-Temperature Electronics Operate at 300°C News & Analysis 1/25/2016 2 comments Sensors and actuators in industrial applications are increasingly deployed in environments with high temperatures. In the joint R&D project HOT 300, five Fraunhofer institutes have developed a number of basic technology components for high-temperature microsystems.
TDK Grasps at Micronas News & Analysis 12/17/2015 Post a comment Magnet sensors apparently are about to assume a key role for industrial and automotive electronics applications: Electronics components manufacturer TDK has submitted a takeover bid for Swiss semiconductor Micronas who possesses significant expertise in this technology.
Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play? News & Analysis 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.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles News & Analysis 12/2/2015 Post a comment More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
10 Early Stage Technology Innovations Point to Future Slideshow 11/23/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies, including printed electronics, wearable technology, 3D printing, sensors, energy harvesting, electric vehicles and new advanced materials,are set to change the electronics market. Here's a look at 10 innovative embryonic technologies.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
11 Views of Hax Demo Day Slideshow 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.
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts Slideshow 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.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
PNI Out Googled Android Blog 11/4/2015 1 comment PNI Sensor Corp. is selling sensor hubs--like every other MEMS maker--but with a twist, compatibility with Google growing list of mandates, plus the ability to create custom sensor-fusion recognition algorithms to differentiate products and still pass Google's rigorous compatibility test suite (CTS).
How Camera Phones Changed the World News & Analysis 11/3/2015 9 comments In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT News & Analysis 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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.