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Comment: Techno-politics - rick merritt - 1/30/2015
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
News & Analysis  
1/29/2015   1 comment
Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Comment: Lobster truck! - rick merritt - 1/29/2015
Backplanes Hit a Wall at 56G
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1/29/2015   10 comments
Backplane-based systems are hitting a wall at 56 Gbit/second speeds, driving a debate over a need for new materials, signaling and equalization, said a Rambus engineer at DesignCon.
Comment: Thanks Samsung - rick merritt - 1/28/2015
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
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1/28/2015   5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Fried Cable Sparked EE Profession
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1/27/2015   6 comments
The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford professor.
Comment: AR vs. VR - rick merritt - 1/27/2015
10 Eye-Opening IC Insights
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1/25/2015   1 comment
The semiconductor industry will step ahead at a decent 7% growth pace in 2015, with foundries and fabless growing in double digits – but look out for 2018.
Comment: Re: - - rick merritt - 1/23/2015
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
News & Analysis  
1/23/2015   5 comments
2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
Comment: Loving Windows? - rick merritt - 1/21/2015
Comment: Re: Fax Machines - rick merritt - 1/21/2015
Apple Seen from Above, Inside
Blog  
1/21/2015   3 comments
Drone videographers are providing images of Apple's new headquarters under construction and an analyst released a report on the future of the A-series SoCs in its iPhones and iPads.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech
News & Analysis  
1/20/2015   4 comments
Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015
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1/16/2015   2 comments
Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic
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1/15/2015   27 comments
The Internet of Things could be smaller or come more slowly than anyone expects, said a McKinsey analyst, who warns of other surprising shifts from smartphones to China.
China to Write $10B Check for Chips
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1/14/2015   3 comments
China is expected to invest about $10 billion on its semiconductor industry this year, according to a foundry exec who hopes to get a big chunk of the money.
IBM Renews Mainframe With z13
News & Analysis  
1/13/2015   4 comments
IBM’s latest mainframe, the z13, is its first to use dual, threading, and vector processing as well as embedded 1U x86 servers for systems management.
Patents Strategy Shift Predicted
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1/13/2015   7 comments
Companies are expected to shift slowly from patent strategies based quality, not quality given a handful of new factors, an intellectual property expert says.
Google, Apple Rise in Patent Ranks
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1/12/2015   4 comments
Google entered the list of top 10 winners of US patents in 2014, trailing Qualcomm but ahead of Apple, according to a report issued by IFI Claims Patent Services.
Engineers Put Showers on Wheels
News & Analysis  
1/9/2015   7 comments
Startup Lava Mae aims to help San Francisco's homeless get a decent shower by converting city buses into bathrooms on wheels.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50
News & Analysis  
1/8/2015   2 comments
China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
Lutron Opens to Smart Home
News & Analysis  
1/6/2015   6 comments
Lutron is slowly opening up its proprietary wireless building control network to partners and open standards, paving a road to tomorrow's smart homes.
Comment: Re: Vegas - rick merritt - 1/6/2015
Comment: Startup stories - rick merritt - 1/5/2015
Inside 8 Hardware Accelerators
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1/5/2015   4 comments
We profile a handful of the top hardware accelerators, a new crop of companies cropping up everywhere, most focused on helping startups build devices for the Internet of Things.
Comment: Re: Amen - rick merritt - 12/30/2014
Startup Raises Ante in Comms
News & Analysis  
12/30/2014   9 comments
Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
News & Analysis  
12/30/2014   12 comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
Comment: Proposals? - rick merritt - 12/29/2014
WiFi Preps for 5G, IoT Roles
News & Analysis  
12/29/2014   3 comments
WiFi is getting an upgrade at 60 GHz for cellular backhaul, at 2.4 and 5 GHz for more cellular-like services, and at 900 MHz for use with the Internet of Things.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth
News & Analysis  
12/23/2014   20 comments
China deployed huge numbers of TD-LTE base stations last year and India led the world in growth in cellular packet microwave systems, according to analysts at Dell'Oro Group.
Comment: Killer apps? - rick merritt - 12/23/2014
Comment: Thread, OIF, etc - rick merritt - 12/22/2014
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
News & Analysis  
12/22/2014   20 comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
Comment: Two more - rick merritt - 12/18/2014
Comment: Re: Other insights - rick merritt - 12/18/2014
Industrial IoT Framework Near
News & Analysis  
12/18/2014   5 comments
The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
Comment: Other insights - rick merritt - 12/17/2014
11 Views of IEDM
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12/17/2014   4 comments
This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
Comment: Costs of finfets - rick merritt - 12/17/2014
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Blog  
12/16/2014   2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
News & Analysis  
12/15/2014   2 comments
Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Comment: Re: ISM Band? - rick merritt - 12/12/2014
Comment: Re: IoT on LTE - rick merritt - 12/12/2014
Comment: Wi-Fi on 900 MHz - rick merritt - 12/12/2014
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
News & Analysis  
12/12/2014   23 comments
Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Obama Net Effort Under Fire
News & Analysis  
12/10/2014   5 comments
More than 60 high tech companies sent a letter to Congress opposing a move by the White House to reclassify Internet service as a basic utility, saying new regulations could slash investments and jobs.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator
News & Analysis  
12/9/2014   10 comments
Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.


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Well, I have to admit that I have a great big Cheshire Cat-type grin plastered on my face at the moment, because the prototype for my Vetinari Clock project is now well underway.

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Open Office: Your Fart is My Problem
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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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