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.
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
Blog 10/23/2015 1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
City Aims to be IoT Petri Dish
News & Analysis 10/13/2015 1 comment
Bristol is installing high-end public wired and wireless networks aiming to create a place where vendors can experiment to the benefit of companies and citizens.
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm
News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments
The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
IoT Lacks Tools, Says EDA Vet
News & Analysis 9/11/2015 3 comments
The coming world of networked sensors demands a new class of design tools, Berkeley researcher and EDA veteran Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli said at a DARPA event.
IoT Nets Snag Wide-Area Player
News & Analysis 9/9/2015 2 comments
On-Ramp Wireless has renamed itself Ingenu Networks and launched plans for a U.S. national network, the latest in a wide field of nets for the Internet of Things.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee won’t cut it for next-generation nodes on the Internet of Things that need to run on tens of microwatts from energy harvesters, said a Hot Chips presenter.
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
News & Analysis 8/11/2015 12 comments
The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip
News & Analysis 7/28/2015 7 comments
Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment
After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
Wearables Fail Check Up
News & Analysis 7/21/2015 2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT
Blog 7/7/2015 4 comments
With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level
News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs
News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment
Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Google Defines an IoT Layer
Blog 6/16/2015 11 comments
TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.