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.
- VR APIs in the works
A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.
- ARM's TechCon message: Think big
ARM's annual event was all about building and securing the Internet of Things with help from Softbank.
- LTE gains traction in the IoT
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.
- Competing IoT frameworks to merge
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.
- Flash experts talk futures
The Flash Memory Summit showed shifts NAND flash and other persistent memories including 3D XPoint are making.
- Forum highlights silicon roadmap
The Imec Technology Forum provided insights on the silicon road map as well as an update on the Internet of Things.
- IoT SoC supports multiple LPWA networks
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.
- Sensor net experts offer advice
Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things.
- Security experts talk Apple v FBI
Government, industry and tech experts were among those commenting on the Apple-FBI case and the future of cryptography at the RSA Conference.
Ingenu, LoRa and Sigfox announced new partners at the Mobile World Congress as the low-power wide area networks vie with cellular to connect the Internet of Things.
A new working group will shepherd the OpenAMP framework for supporting multiple operating systems and processors within a system.
- Bleak security outlook
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.
- Crystal ball blurry for 2016
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.
- Vendors race for IoT network coverage
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.
- ARM shows Mbed muscle
RTOS and MCU makers debated the expanding reach and partnerships for Mbed, ARM's free operating system for the Internet of Things.
- More Intel inside IoT
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.
- Vision processors take the wheel
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.
- Flash summit speakers offer roadmap
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.
- IoT network concerns
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.
- ARM shares IoT wish list
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.
Imagination Technologies announced OmniShield, a framework for hardware-backed security covering any virtualized hardware blocks.
- A diversity of views of the IoT world
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.
- New chips, stack slashes Ethernet latency
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 reveals core road map
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.
- RSA speakers offer IoT security warnings
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.
At Bluetooth World, Google, CSR and Nordic Semi proposed separate ways to link a rising tide of Bluetooth devices into the Internet of Things.
- A half century of Moore's Law
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore's Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
- Smart homes gain nose for healthy air
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
- Robots assemble in Silicon Valley
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
- ZigBee over Thread targets IP networking
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native-IP Thread networks.
Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
- 3D NAND gains traction
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.
- HSA releases version 1.0 spec
The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
- Smart glasses go to work
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
- Vulkan updates OpenGL graphics API
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
- Software exam gets low grade in first test
Only 12 people took the first exam given in the U.S. to license software engineers for work on safety-critical systems, and only six passed it.
- Slideshow: Intel rising in embedded systems
Intel is on the rise in embedded systems while DSPs are on their way out. Graphics and ARM chips are just getting started.
You can learn to hack into someone’s car or smartphone, build an underwater vehicle, or tele-presence robot among the interesting DIY projects at Design West 2013.
A hornet's nest of issues -- crosstalk, loss, and noise -- are challenges on the road to 40G and beyond.
- DesignCon's 5 toughest tech questions
FPGA or ASIC? What are the issues for 3-D interconnects? Inquiring tech minds want to know.
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 debuts passive optical network chips
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.
- Interop does Ethernet many ways
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.
- Designers get sneak peek of Android upgrade
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 unveils media products at CES
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.
- Server makers get Goooogled
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 processor inspects packets at 10 Gbits/s
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 rolls suite of new storage products
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 expands with Echostar deal
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.
Leaders in mainstream computing are intensifying efforts to find a parallel-programming model to feed the multicore processors already on chip makers' drawing boards.
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.
- 24-bit DSP cranks up hearing aid quality
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.
- Low-end cellphone cost dips to $25
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.
- Sirius taps WM9 for satellite video
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.
- Social networking for engineers
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.