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Intel Updates 5G, LTE Roadmaps
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Intel disclosed a few details of its plans for advanced LTE and 5G baseband chips, aiming to close the gap with market leader Qualcomm.
IoT Collar Fights Illegal Poaching
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11/15/2017   1 comment
Designers of an electronic collar to prevent poaching of big game in Africa share the story of their still-evolving efforts.
Broadcom, Qualcomm Groked
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11/4/2017   4 comments
What would Hock Tan do with Qualcomm — and maybe even NXP — if the acquisition-prone CEO could gobble them both. Here are some thoughts.
Apple iPhone X Packs Intel, Q’comm
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11/3/2017   4 comments
Teardowns of Apple’s iPhone X show two boards stacked in a microvia sandwich with separate models using Intel and Qualcomm cellular modems.
Q’comm Profits Dive Amid Patent Disputes
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11/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm reported 57-89 percent declines in annual and quarterly profits, largely due to lost royalties from Apple and an unnamed customer.
Drone Challenge Rides Soft Radio
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
DARPA will host a hackfest and drone flight challenge at Moffett Field later this month to seek new uses for software-defined radio.
IoT May Need Sub-50-Cent SoCs
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10/27/2017   9 comments
The Internet of Things will demand radically cheaper, lower power SoCs by 2027, but the road to get there is unclear, said technologists from ARM.
Samsung Finds its Online Voice
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10/19/2017   Post a comment
Samsung made Bixby the heart of its developer event, but it faces stiff challenges competing with machine-learning and voice services from Web rivals.
Samsung Secures IoT Node-to-Cloud
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10/18/2017   3 comments
Samsung announced security spanning end nodes, gateways, and cloud services for its ambitious Artik platform for the Internet of Things.
Hearables Cue Knowles Audio SoC
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10/17/2017   5 comments
Seeing a rising tide of consumer systems with voice interfaces, MEMS microphone vendor Knowles is expanding into audio SoCs.
Teardowns Explore Bluetooth, Cellular IoT
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10/13/2017   2 comments
TechInsights explored some of the Bluetooth and cellular IoT devices that it expects will dominate the Internet of Things for some time.
WD Gives Hard Drives New Spin
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10/12/2017   1 comment
Western Digital said it will start shipping in 2019 a new recording head technology that will enable 40 TByte hard disk drives by 2025.
Apple Watch Packs Q’comm LTE
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10/5/2017   3 comments
The Apple Watch 3 uses a Qualcomm LTE modem, PMIC and RF transceiver, according to a teardown from TechInsights.
5G Sprint Led by Marathon Man
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm engineer and 3GPP chair Wanshi Chen is on the hook to deliver by the end of the year a draft of requirements for a 5G cellular transceiver.
iPhone 8 Still Packs Q’Comm, NXP
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9/22/2017   6 comments
A teardown of the iPhone 8 by iFixit shows good news for Qualcomm, NXP, Broadcom, and Skyworks, who maintain or expand sockets in Apple’s latest handset.
7 Views of Globalfoundries in 2017
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9/21/2017   17 comments
Globalfoundries announced 12-nm FinFET and RF-SOI processes as part of an annual update on its road map where 7-nm EUV and FD-SOI are top highlights.
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
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9/20/2017   4 comments
Rambus has working chips in the lab for DDR5, the next-generation DRAM bus, while the industry debates the road ahead for memory in servers.
Cellular Puts IoT on Speed Dial
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9/18/2017   2 comments
Carriers laid out their plans for cellular IoT variants LTE-M and NB-IoT at last week’s Mobile World Congress Americas.
17 Views of Mobile World Congress
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9/15/2017   Post a comment
Carriers and their suppliers showed efforts in Gbit 5G and Kbit IoT networks and the handsets, smartwatches and nodes that ride them at Mobile World Congress Americas.
Cellular Calls Home Appliances
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Sears will ship home appliances with Cat-M LTE modules in about a year, said an exec from the company at a gathering of cellular IoT customers and carriers.
MCUs Get Expanded Benchmark
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
EEMBC expanded its benchmark suite for microcontrollers to include peripheral tests.
3GPP Burns Midnight Oil for 5G
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
In the race to get 5G cellular to market, engineers are working late and streamlining features to meet an end-of-the-year deadline.
5G Spans Last Mile to Handset
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
5G will start off as fixed-wireless access and slowly move into the handset, said an Ericsson engineer who ran the numbers at Hot Interconnects.
Google Calls for Network Drain-O
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
A Google engineer described new techniques for managing network traffic in data centers, and Mellanox claims it ships it in one Ethernet adapter.
Startup Runs MCU on 5 MicroW
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8/18/2017   Post a comment
Startup Eta Compute will demo at Hot Chips a Cortex-M3 running at 5 microW, targeting SoCs run on energy harvesters for the Internet of Things.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
Startup Stacks IoT Chips Cheaply
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8/2/2017   4 comments
Startup zGlue designed a low cost 2.5-D substrate for integrating more than a dozen chips, providing an alternative to SoCs for the Internet of Things.
5G Proposals Jam 3GPP Channels
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8/1/2017   2 comments
Sometimes spurious proposals have been clogging channels at the 3GPP standards group as it expands cellular and accelerates 5G.
Synaptics Calls for Voice Standards
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7/31/2017   9 comments
Synaptics’ CEO called for standards amid a rapidly emerging market for voice services and talked about his deals to buy Conexant and a Marvell unit.
IoT Needs Unlicensed LPWA Standard
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things needs an open standard for unlicensed band connectivity.
Kumu Preps Full Duplex Chip
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7/21/2017   Post a comment
Kumu Networks discussed its chip aimed at full duplex networking for Wi-Fi and LTE amid standards efforts from CableLabs and the 3GPP.
5G Won’t Boost Cellular Until 2021
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
The market for cellular base stations is in the midst of a $10 billion decline waiting for a 5G boost that won’t return the sector to growth until 2021.
China Makes Two IoT Calls
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7/6/2017   5 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
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7/5/2017   12 comments
DARPA will host events this month to outline a $200+ million program to find ways of scaling electronics beyond Moore’s law.
13 Views of Sensors Expo 2017
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6/30/2017   2 comments
Sensors Expo showed the broadening range of motion, environmental, biological and other sensors flooding the emerging Internet of Things and wearables markets.
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
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6/21/2017   8 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular, and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
Comcast Shares IoT, LoRa Insights
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6/19/2017   Post a comment
The manager of Comcast’s emerging MachineQ service for the Internet of Things shares his views of IoT and the LoRa network he chose.
B'com Overhauls Network Switches
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom announced its Trident 3, an overhaul of its mainstream Ethernet networking switch that now effectively embeds a packet processor.
Intel Sued Over Handset SoCs
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6/13/2017   Post a comment
Qbex, a system assembler in Brazil, charged Intel knowingly sold it faulty smartphone SoCs in a complaint filed in a San Jose court.
PCI Express Preps Shift to 32G
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6/7/2017   8 comments
The PCI Express bus will get a doubling to 32 GTransfers/s with a Gen 5 planned in 2019 following the rollout of the first Gen 4 systems this year.
IoT Nets Snag Fishing Industry
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6/5/2017   Post a comment
Low power wide area networks are providing connectivity that saves lives and protects fishing zones, lowering costs and safeguarding economies of developing countries.
18 Views of an AR World
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6/2/2017   8 comments
Lenovo, Intel, Microsoft, Sony, and Epson, along with basement startups, were among hundreds of exhibitors showing products for augmented reality.
Apple, Intel Attack Rivals
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Apple hired a top Qualcomm engineering manager and Intel rolled out a new high-end CPU line in signs of the intense competition in processors.
Wanna Cry Exposed Heathcare's Ills
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5/30/2017   2 comments
The crippling software attack on the British National Healthcare Service could put information sharing standards back by ten years.
LinkedIn Group Preps Server Specs
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
LinkedIn has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, GE Digital, and others to form Open19, a group working on server specs for data centers.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
HPE Builds Big Data Server
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5/16/2017   4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Optical Industry Needs Automation
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5/15/2017   1 comment
For many years, the optical communications industry has been getting by with artisan techniques, but we are approaching a time when vendors must automate.
Smart Cities Need Smart Partners
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5/9/2017   1 comment
The time is now to make every city a smart city.
DSL Pioneer Describes Terabit Future
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5/9/2017   16 comments
DSL pioneer John Cioffi described at a Paris summit concepts for driving terabit/second data rates over future twisted pair connections.
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