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Space Vet Calls for Lunar Industries
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1/12/2018   2 comments
Veteran space system developer Dennis Wingo rolled out a vision for lunar industries including metal making, 3D printing—even semiconductor fabs.
5G Rolls Up its Sleeves in 2018
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1/10/2018   Post a comment
I expect 2018 will be a productive year when wired and wireless network operators really start sorting out what’s possible from the hype with 5G cellular.
LoRa Taps New Chips, Smart Homes
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1/8/2018   1 comment
Semtech announced new LoRa chips while an analyst predicted that it will match Narrowband-IoT and surpass Sigfox in low-power, wide-area networks for the IoT.
NXP Does Robocars -- Without Qualcomm
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1/5/2018   1 comment
With Qualcomm’s acquisition still pending, NXP Semiconductors’ automotive business unit kept a relatively low profile in 2017. That hiatus, however, will end with a modest bang come next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Outlook for Robocar Sensors in 2018
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1/2/2018   Post a comment
For highly automated vehicles to track their surroundings, they must rely on a range of sensors, including cameras, radar, ultrasound, GPS antennas and lidars. EE Times lists sensor companies we think might impact the robocar development in 2018.
5G Baseband Dialed in at 3GPP
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12/21/2017   1 comment
The 3GPP announced it completed its standard for a 5G cellular radio, launching a race for baseband chips expected before July.
Snapdragon 845, ARM PCs Debut
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12/7/2017   1 comment
Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 845 mobile SoC while Asus and HP showed notebook PCs using the existing 835 chip.
Startup Takes NB-IoT to New Lows
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12/5/2017   Post a comment
Startup Riot Micro announced a chip optimized to take NB-IoT and Cat M1 to new lows for LTE-based cellular IoT networks.
6 Short Stories from the IoT
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12/1/2017   Post a comment
Exhibitors at a recent IoT Expo provided glimpses into how the Internet of Things is evolving across consumer and industrial markets.
Inside 5 AR/VR Headsets
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11/22/2017   2 comments
Augmented and virtual reality headsets will see use in companies faster than in our living rooms, but that’s not stopping developers from pushing the limits to woo consumers.
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.
Facebook Likes $1K Base Stations
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11/9/2017   3 comments
Facebook showed its design open source cellular base station that could cost less than $1,000 at a summit of carriers working on software-defined networks.
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.
5 Ways To Navigate Fog IoT
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10/23/2017   8 comments
As fog computing moves toward broad deployment, I offer some tips to those designing, connecting to and using fog-based systems.
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.
Future Auto Radar Goes Back to Analog
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
Metawave, spun out of PARC, thinks that it can alter what the automotive industry perceives as the “limitations” of conventional radars, by using metamaterial-based analog beam-forming and AI engine built into a complete radar package.
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.
Dialog Semi to Buy Silego for up to $306 Million
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10/5/2017   Post a comment
U.K.-based chip maker acquires Silicon Valley based developer of configurable mixed-signal ICs in what is described as a "highly complementary" buy.
12 Views of Drone World Expo
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10/5/2017   2 comments
Commercial drones are ready to take off at Airbus, GE, Facebook, Google and elsewhere but air traffic control systems to manage them are still at least a year away.
TI Riding mmWave Sensors
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10/2/2017   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which entered the radar sensor market only four months ago, is late to a party that includes heavyweights NXP Semiconductors, Infineon Technologies and STMicroelectronics, but nonetheless exudes confidence in its ability to gain market share.
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 Chips Come into View
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus sports an A11 processor 30% smaller than in the A10 in the iPhone 7, according to a TechInsights teardown of it and other chips.
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.
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.
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 Startup Aims to Beat Intel, Q’comm
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Startup Movandi aims to leapfrog Intel and Qualcomm with an efficient RF front-end module for 5G cellular at 28 and 39 GHz.
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.
IoT Rolls Up its Sleeves
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8/15/2017   6 comments
Hype for the Internet of Things is over and the hard work designing products, deployments and tacking issues like security has just begun.
11 Crazy & Creative Gadgets Getting Traction on Kickstarter
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8/9/2017   Post a comment
A quick exploration of the Kickstarter crowdsourcing platform uncovers ideas that range from sublime to ridiculous—and demonstrates that people are lining up to take some of them from the drawing board to reality.
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.
Trump’s LCD Win—the Big Picture
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7/27/2017   14 comments
Foxconn is apparently considering smartphone manufacturing in the U.S., raising questions about what deals the Trump Administration is offering.
IoT Growth Slower Than Expected
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7/25/2017   7 comments
Analysts said that the Internet of Things will crack a billion units a year in 2019, slower than expected, as Andes rolled out four new IoT processor cores.
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.
IoT Needs To Get More Flexible
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
Flexible hybrid electronics can deliver much of what is promised for the future world of the Internet of Things.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
15 Kickstarter Robots Engineers Will Love
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Everybody likes robots, and soon they'll be doing all sorts of things with them, if these wildly successful Kickstarter projects are any indication.
20 Coolest Kickstarter Wearables This Summer
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
As everyone turns to their favorite summer activities, the interest wearable electronic innovations is on the rise. We're looking at some of the most popular wearable wins on Kickstarter.
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.
‘Europe First’ Emerges as Theme of Tech Reboot
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6/29/2017   5 comments
The joint collaboration agreement announced by Europe’s two large research institutes this week has amplified an upbeat “pro-Europe” sentiment. “For Europe, it’s no longer about CMOS,” said CEA-Leti CEO.
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.
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