Haute Couture Meets High Tech Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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.
IoT on Display at SolidCon Slideshow 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.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t 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.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 Blog 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? News & Analysis 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.
US Event Flexes IoT Muscle News & Analysis 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.
Teledyne Dalsa's CEO Retires News & Analysis 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.
Microchip Buoyed by SMSC to Record Results News & Analysis 5/7/2014 1 comment Microchip Technology Inc. reported record net sales of $1.931 billion for the three months and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014. The 22% year-over-year increase points to a winning business strategy based on elbowing-out competitors.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT? News & Analysis 5/5/2014 25 comments Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip Slideshow 4/30/2014 4 comments An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups News & Analysis 4/30/2014 2 comments Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Google Car's Next Move News & Analysis 4/30/2014 11 comments Most impressive about the video clip posted by Google is how neatly Google Car’s computer vision organizes what it sees on streets into separate, independent boxes, according to IHS analyst.
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name? Blog 4/29/2014 26 comments Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
Sensors Beyond Megapixels Slideshow 4/25/2014 24 comments Cameras installed everywhere aren't there simply for watching you. They exist to help people, systems, and machines make decisions and take action. For machine vision, more megapixels aren't necessarily the answer.
ASIC Improves Motion Control Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/24/2014 Post a comment In order to control speed and positioning, drive controllers require high-resolution magnetic or optical position sensors.
Sensors Combat Corrosion Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/24/2014 Post a comment The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre and Deakin University of Australia are working on an innovative sensor able to monitor corrosion-related pipeline damage.
Startup Makes First MEMS Bio-Tag Sales News & Analysis 4/22/2014 Post a comment Bluechiip, an Australian startup, has started selling its own passive ID and temperature-sensing devices using MEMS technology. The company is targeting the healthcare and research markets.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars News & Analysis 4/22/2014 7 comments Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables? News & Analysis 4/21/2014 7 comments Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line? Blog 4/18/2014 44 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 4/17/2014 2 comments 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.