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MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
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1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display
News & Analysis  
1/27/2014   8 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
Slideshow  
1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
Glasses Refocus Mobile Power Design
Blog  
1/22/2014   1 comment
Wearable computers such as glasses open up the door to new user experiences in context awareness, but they need new power architectures to drive them.
The Inaccuracy of Measuring Accuracy
Blog  
1/16/2014   2 comments
When applied to pressure sensors, the word "accuracy" is a qualitative rather than quantitative measure.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B
News & Analysis  
1/14/2014   45 comments
Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off'
News & Analysis  
1/9/2014   11 comments
Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan
News & Analysis  
1/9/2014   9 comments
MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
Blog  
1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
10 Top IoT Stories of 2013
News & Analysis  
1/8/2014   5 comments
Internet of Things articles on security, low-cost dev boards, Intel's Quark, and reports from a handful of conferences won the most clicks in 2013.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
Slideshow  
1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
CES Hosts Low-Energy iBeacon Scavenger Hunt
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   1 comment
Proximity awareness gets a fun test at the international Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
News & Analysis  
1/6/2014   5 comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
Industry Analyst Predicts Hotspots at CES
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   3 comments
At CES 2014, focus shifts from larger, more traditional CES staples such as television and PCs to smaller, personalized devices.
Gesture Interface at CES Taps Ultrasound
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   3 comments
Gesture recognition software for Android and Windows from Elliptic Labs will be on display at CES using ultrasound speakers, standard MEMS microphones, and transducers.
FTC Hearing IoT Privacy Concerns
Blog  
1/2/2014   2 comments
Anyone concerned about privacy on the Internet of Things ought to speak out before the US Federal Trade Commission closes public comment on Jan. 10.
3M Ramps Touch Sensor Film Capabilities
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/2/2014   1 comment
3M plans to aggressively ramp up its touch sensor film manufacturing capacity worldwide to more than 600,000 square meters per month this year. To feed the production capacity, it just announced a rollout of three film products.
10 Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Slideshow  
1/2/2014   12 comments
Design News's latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles, and some that emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
IR Sensor Startup Preps Smartphone Bid
News & Analysis  
1/1/2014   2 comments
A developer of infrared sensors has raised 4 million to help it pitch for design wins in smartphones and tablet computers.


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