Teardowns of smartphones were the most popular communications stories in 2013 in a year when mobile mania about Intel, Bluetooth, and LTE drove the most clicks.
An article on how GPS tracking systems worked rose to second place on one list and fifth on the other. It reaffirms how much mobile is on readers' minds these days.
I would have thought most engineers had a handle on GPS by now, given it's fairly standard in smartphones. I am left to speculate that many engineers are seeking to put GPS into new kinds of embedded systems.
Clearly, it was a big year for Bluetooth Smart. A tutorial on the 4.0 version of the short-range wireless link landed sixth on one list and eighth on the other.
A story on Intel not having integrated apps processors with LTE until sometime this year hit 10 on one list. Again, I suspect many readers are trying to get a reading on when Intel will become a bigger player in mobile. I also note many LTE-related stories in the top 20 spots of both lists, which makes sense given last year was a big one for ramping up 4G networks and systems.
Not all your favorite stories of 2013 were about mobile networking. A slideshow on the move to 400 Gbit Ethernet landed at seventh place on one list. Indeed, this was the year it became clear Terabit Ethernet is still a long way off.
A report on a startup with a new modulation technology it claimed is significantly better than OFDM ranked eighth on one list. I suspect the increasing pace of work on 5G technologies may have sparked this interest, but startup Magnacom claims its technology has application in any medium.
— Rick Merritt, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Times