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Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
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4/18/2014   19 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
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4/17/2014   1 comment
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
IMEC Adds Image Sensors to Commercial Development Service
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
The Belgian company has published a brochure that boasts of the facility adding image sensors and visions systems to its commercial development and foundry services.
Why iBeacon Is Important for You
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
It’s true that iBeacon may help you find a restaurant or store, but that’s not all it can do.
Sensors Combat Corrosion
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
The energy Piplines Cooperative Research Centre and Deakin University (Australia) are working on an innovative sensor able to monitor corrosion-related pipeline damage.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   4 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
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4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
AllJoyn: A Common Language for Internet of Things
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4/16/2014   1 comment
Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
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4/15/2014   1 comment
The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV is packed with so many high-tech systems it can barely manage to be a car.
Google Has Plans for Titan Drones
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Titan Aerospace's drones are expected to help deliver Internet connectivity to remote regions.
Sensors & Actuators Market Forecast on 11% CAGR to 2018
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4/15/2014   Post a comment
After a two-year slump, sales of acceleration, yaw, and magnetic sensors are expected to explode this year and for the next three years.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
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4/15/2014   1 comment
With Apple looking to enter the automobile market with CarPlay, carmakers eventually will have to make some hard choices, since the company is known to take over ecosystems with software and hardware offerings.
Connectivity & Sensors: Smartphone Essentials
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4/14/2014   Post a comment
What brands of accelerometers, e-compasses, and gyroscopes are in today's smart devices? Teardown.com keeps score.
Amazon’s Smartphone: A Tracking Tool in Disguise?
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4/14/2014   3 comments
An Amazon-branded phone could change the way we think about how sensors can affect any number of businesses, not just retail.
French Team Developing Geo-Location Without GPS
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4/14/2014   2 comments
A group of researchers based in France is looking to spend more than $8.5 million to develop new technology that will allow people to geo-locate when a GPS satellite is unavailable.
IoT Blooms in San Francisco
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4/14/2014   5 comments
A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
Google Glass for Parkinson's: 10 Findings
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4/11/2014   2 comments
Google Glass offers more health benefits than awkwardness, Parkinson's patients in UK study find. Sensors have a major role to play.
Optical Diode Reverses Time, Making Photo-Based IC Possible
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4/11/2014   4 comments
According to new research coming from Washington University, parity-time symmetry leads to optical diodes that will fit on microchip.
Biomedical Sensors Analyze Vascular Deposits
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4/10/2014   2 comments
A new European program, called ESSENCE, looks to combine electrical engineering and healthcare expertise to create sensors for a range of medical applications.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
Sony Curves Images Sensors & TSMC Stacks Them
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
At an upcoming conference, Sony and TSMC will present papers that detail new developments in sensor manufacturing and development technologies.
Startup Unveils CPUs for Wearables
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4/8/2014   5 comments
SoC startup Ineda targets wearables with a new SoC and backing from others, including Imagination, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
ARM Endorses Open-Source Sensor Platform
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4/7/2014   Post a comment
Billed as first open-source software to streamline designing sensor hubs, Sensor Platforms Inc. launches Open Sensor Platform with powerful ally in ARM.
Gesture Flaw Makes Google's Nest Halt Sale of Smoke Alarms
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4/7/2014   12 comments
Nest Labs is halting sales of its Nest Protect product after finding flaws with a gesture recognition feature. Google recently bought the company for $3.2 billion.
Stringent Requirements Needed for the Industrial Internet of Things
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4/3/2014   3 comments
One of the big misconceptions about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is that it's the same as the consumer IoT, but located on a factory floor somewhere. It's not that simple.
Speeding Innovation in the Smart Tech World
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4/3/2014   3 comments
Erik Volkerink, CTO of Flextronics, believes that as smart technologies grow, the gap between the ideas and how the electronics industry actually executes on these concepts is growing. He's urging his colleagues to think differently.
Nokia Phones Ride Snapdragon
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4/2/2014   Post a comment
Nokia debuted three new smartphones at Microsoft Build Wednesday, each building off the successful Lumia brand. Two of the phones are aimed at eastern markets, with price points below $200 and dual SIM capability.
'Thingularity' Triggers Security Warnings
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4/2/2014   7 comments
The Internet of Things is creating 50 billion Internet-connected devices. Who is going to keep them updated and secure?
Startup Launches Record Resolution 150Mpixel Sensor
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4/2/2014   3 comments
The Chinese startup Gpixel has created what it calls the world's highest-resolution CMOS image sensor using the TS18IS process at the Tower Semiconductor foundry. The technology has uses in the medical, industrial, and scientific markets.
NASA Solicits Concepts for Asteroid-Capture Mission
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4/1/2014   1 comment
The asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
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3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
dotLEDs Are Built for Wearables
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3/27/2014   10 comments
Plessey has introduced dotLEDS, which could work in the growing wearables market until OLEDs come down in price.
Interoperability in Healthcare Tech Could Save $30 Billion
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3/27/2014   7 comments
A new research paper is urging the healthcare industry to work more closely together in order to foster more interoperability, especially when it comes to promoting new technologies within the field.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
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3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Measuring Motor & Spindle Runout Is Easier
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3/27/2014   Post a comment
If you’re looking for a high-resolution capacitive position sensor for such high dynamic measurements as motor and spindle runout, look no further.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
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3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Facebook Buys Oculus VR: What's Next?
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3/26/2014   11 comments
Virtual friends socializing in virtual reality? There's a headset for that.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
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3/26/2014   6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Continental Cranks Up Radar Sensor Production
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3/26/2014   1 comment
In a move to put pressure on Bosch, Continental is stepping up its production of short-range radar sensors for the US automotive market.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
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3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns
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3/25/2014   14 comments
Florida Hospital Celebration Health improves nurse scheduling, productivity with sensors that track workflows and patterns.
Medical Device Recalls Growing at Slower Pace Than Industry
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3/25/2014   3 comments
Recalls of medical devices always make for good headlines. However, recent reports show that the number of these recalls is actually on the decline.
IoT Cloud Blooms, Says EE Live! Speaker
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3/24/2014   9 comments
The range of IoT markets and protocols are challenges for those linking smart systems to the Net, says a cloud IoT executive speaking at EE Live!
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
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