Editor at large

I am Editor at large for EE Times even though I maintain a fairly trim physique ;-) because I run around a lot covering everything from computers and communications to medical, the Internet of Things, intellectual property and--every great once in a while--analog. Note: I am an English major.


's contributions
    • Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.

    • Moore's law may last longer than originally thought, although semiconductor revenues remain stuck in mid-single-digit growth, said speakers at ISS.

    • A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.

    • Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.

    • The Open Connectivity Foundation and AllSeen Alliance will blend their open-source environments into a consumer alternative to Apple's Homekit and Google's Weave.

    • The Flash Memory Summit showed shifts NAND flash and other persistent memories including 3D XPoint are making.

    • Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.

    • Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things.

    • Government, industry and tech experts were among those commenting on the Apple-FBI case and the future of cryptography at the RSA Conference.

    • The rise of the Internet of Things with more devices and data means many more security breaches are ahead but so are more secure SoCs, said an expert at DesignCon.

    • It's been a long, busy year and my crystal ball is flashing me warnings that its battery is almost spent, so take these few blurry visions for what they're worth.

    • Low power wide area networks for the Internet of Things have been attracting new entrants and investors at a heady pace with unannounced offerings still in the pipeline for 2016 trying to enable new IoT apps by undercutting costs and battery life for cellular and WiFi.

    • RTOS and MCU makers debated the expanding reach and partnerships for Mbed, ARM's free operating system for the Internet of Things.

    • Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.

    • Self driving cars are steering toward a 2022 market, fueling an emerging class of visual processors, said an analyst on the eve of an annual conference.

    • The Flash Memory Summit provided a look back at the start of the solid-state drive as well as the future for SSDs, flash and memory chips beyond.

    • The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.

    • With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.

    • Plans for thousands of high end WiFi kiosks and low data rate Sigfox base stations were highlights of the Internet of Things World event here.

    • A new class of Ethernet chips and software will emerge next year, opening the networking technology up to use in time-sensitive applications in cars, factory robots and more.

    • ARM disclosed new details of its A72, including three functional units it shares with a yet-to-be announced high-end core, and defended its big.little approach to multiprocessing.

    • Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from IoT to policy.

    • Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore's Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.

    • The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.

    • Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.

    • The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.

    • Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.

    • With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.

    • Wind River Systems is rolling out at the Embedded Systems Conference its Network Acceleration Platform for telecom system designers, the first of a family of integrated software development packages that bundles multiple operating systems and tools and the first of a set of algorithms Wind River is developing for higher-level features.

    • Marvell is making its first foray into home broadband terminals, launching a new family of chips for passive optical networks as the number two player in the PON market, startup Teknovus Inc., is expected to be acquired by Broadcom Corp. or Cavium Networks.

    • The Ethernet Alliance will demonstrate versions of Ethernet with faster speeds, lower power and new features at the annual Interop show in Las Vegas this week, and they have kicked off talks aiming to rally support for a 40G serial Ethernet standard.

    • Developers got their first look at an upgrade to the Android environment as the Open Handset Alliance made available for download what it called an early version of a software developer's kit for Android 1.5 sporting a host of small but significant upgrades.

    • Cisco Systems took its first big steps as a corporation into consumer digital media markets at the Consumer Electronics Show, claiming it would help ease the pain in managing home networks and Web services.

    • Elements of Google's most secretive product--its unique PC server design sporting 12V-only power supplies--is beginning to ripple out to the rest of the industry from companies including Rackable Systems.

    • LSI Corp. has announced a single-chip processor that can handle deep packet inspection at rates of up to 10 Gbits/second, seeking an edge in the strategic communications area of responding to the needs of applications as they run over high speed networks.

    • IBM Corp. announced more than 30 new storage products and services including a variety of new tape and hard disk systems as well as storage software, many of the offerings based on products from a handful of acquisitions in the past two years.

    • Entropic Communications, Inc. is collaborating with EchoStar Technologies LLC on the development of chips for satellite TV services, continuing its plan to diversify beyond its core business in silicon for Multimedia over Coax home networking.

    • Tomorrow's embedded systems will be access points for a growing array of network services, according to executives at Microsoft Corp., which rolled out software last week to help enable the shift.

    • AMI Semiconductor will turn up the volume on high quality hearing aids with Ezairo, a 24-bit DSP with an integrated audio accelerator block that aims to increase signal quality and provide muscle to run next-generation software for the hard of hearing.

    • The latest handsets for cost-sensitive markets in China and India have a bill of materials close to $25, an all time low according to teardowns by technology analyst Portelligent Inc.

    • In an attempt to get ahead of its satellite radio rival, Sirius Satellite Radio demonstrated a video service it is developing for 2006 at the Consumer Electronics Show here and disclosed it has chosen the Windows Media 9 codec to deliver it.

    • At a press conference, I saw a senior engineer when not needed to address a question hammering away at Facebook chat, I assume staying in touch with colleagues (not his teenage kids), but I wondered if that was really a secure way to communicate.