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    • It's time to separate the science-project robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don't have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.

    • Lucio Lanza believes that billions of things, once connected, will eventually embody intelligence. The notion makes us feel a little uneasy.

    • Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how raw data fusion - not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules - can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.

    • Chronocam, a developer of revolutionary event-driven sensor, is emerging in a red hot ADAS/Autonomous vehicle market where big players - Intel/Mobile -- are now beginning to merge. Is the startup tilting the windmills?

    • How many autonomous driving startups are out there - waiting to be snatched up, or hoping to become the next Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project)?

    • Thread Group set its goal high in enabling not just conformance but also interoperability among Thread 1.1 products.

    • Obstacle-detection technology, enabled by sensor fusion, is at the core of autonomous cars. What are the possibilities of applying the same sensor-fusion technology to wearable devices to aid the visually impaired or blind?

    • At this year's CES, ARM brought Renault's Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy the world's first OEM open-source vehicle, ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.

    • Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it's time to examine the deal's potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies' internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.

    • Earlier this week, when the Department of Transportation laid out cybersecurity guidance for carmakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary called cybersecurity a safety issue. The latest survey, however, found that automakers still haven't made cybersecurity a priority in vehicle development.

    • Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg, and Emmanuel Macron, former French Minister of Economy, came on stage together at a two-day conference in Paris, talked to the entrepreneurs about startups, roles of the government and taking risks.

    • Silicon Labs announced Monday the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system software. The move effectively positions Silicon Labs as the only IoT chip vendor offering multiprotocol wireless MCUs complete with an embedded RTOS.

    • Over-the-Air vehicle updates and cyber-security for connected cars are two closely intertwined, red-hot issues in Detroit. Rambus is diving into the field--presumably at an opportune moment in partnership with Movimento, a leader in automotive reflash services.

    • Despite Nvidia, Mobile and NXP talking about their autonomous car platforms, do carmakers already know what their self-driving car architecture will be in 2020? They don't. At least, not yet, says Kalray's CEO.

    • With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.

    • Tell us who makes the best 10 IoT processors. Is there a table somewhere that lists the top 10 IoT processors? What makes one IoT processor more successful than others?

    • On the heels of NXP's Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles. Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won't be ready until 2018.

    • NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.

    • IoT system designers and service providers often don't realize until much too late in the design cycle that their data costs are quickly spiraling out of control, Windspring CEO observed.

    • Silicon Labs has rolled out multi-protocol SoC devices. Based on ARM Cortex-M4 core, they integrate a 2.4 GHz radio with up to 19.5 dBm output power and hardware security. How do they stack up against their competition?

    • In response to increasing competition from non-cellular players such as LoRa Alliance and Sigfox, cellular network operators will return to the Mobile World Congress next week to demonstrate a renewed commitment to Cellular IoT, recently agreed upon and designated as LTE Cat-M1 and LTE Cat-M2.

    • Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.

    • Given that taking connectivity away from drivers is nearly impossible (well, it won't happen), what is the key to reducing accidents?

    • Since the Volkswagen scandal first broke, we know a lot more about how Dieselgate started to unravel. Here's a list of five automotive issues the recent scandal has exposed.

    • The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.

    • Chinese designers know they've got to rethink wearables in a market where 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearables within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent.

    • Triggering differences in IP policies of AllSeen and Open Interconnect Consortium is an ongoing tug of war between engineers and lawyers.

    • We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.

    • V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.

    • Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?

    • Bosch grew its MEMS revenue by 20% in 2014, with sales revenues totaling $1.2 billion, according to Yole. Yole now calls Bosch a future MEMS titan, noting a widening gap between Bosch and STMicroelectronics.

    • Amazon received an experimental airworthiness certificate from the FAA, but is it a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here's why Amazon Prime Air's dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.

    • Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on communications semiconductors. On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.

    • Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that's unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? We are going to fix it for once and all.

    • The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable connected electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.

    • Marvell has open-sourced its software crown jewel, KinomaJS. Marvell, which has been using JavaScript-based Kinoma, developed by ex-Apple Team, hopes to accelerate IoT development by making it open source.

    • Along with advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, a new Freescale SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks.

    • Microchip Technology Inc., which climbed from 23rd place to first in the 8-bit microcontroller market in a span of 15 years, is set to take on the 32-bit MCU segment with designs based on MIPS Technologies Inc.'s M4K processing core. Microchip will announce the MCU family on Nov. 12, EE Times has learned.

    • Eastman Kodak Co. unveiled what it says are "next-generation color filter patterns" designed to more than double the light sensitivity of CMOS or CCD image sensors used in camera phones or digital still cameras.

    • Software radio company AeroStream Communications is demonstrating a low power, cost-effective radio solution for AM, FM and shortwave radios at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco this week.

    • Hi, MikeD658. I'm glad you feel that way. That was my thoughts too. I wonder where else we should look to find simiar "engineer's engineer" CEO.

    • For those who have been with NXP had always predicted this: the eventuality of Van Houten's return to Royal Philips. So I am not surprised. Van Houten was regarded as an heir apparent to Royal Philips for a long time. The question now is how his experience of having headed up NXP (at a difficult time) has prepared him to steer wheel at a much bigger ship today.