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IoT Meets 40,000 Streetlights
Rick Merritt  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
5G Challenges Call for Startups
Rick Merritt  
11/18/2015   Post a comment
A pioneer of MIMO antenna technology gave his opinions on the challenges developing a 5G cellular standard and called for startups to attack them.
Printed Electronics Make a Mark
Rick Merritt  
11/9/2015   Post a comment
A handful of companies will show new kinds of products using printed electronics at an annual Silicon Valley event on the sector.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm
Rick Merritt  
11/5/2015   Post a comment
Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
HP Inc. CTO: To the PC and Beyond
Rick Merritt  
11/4/2015   Post a comment
The CTO of the new HP Inc. shares his vision for the future of PCs and new computing markets in the Internet of Things, 3-D printing and wearables.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map
Rick Merritt  
11/2/2015   Post a comment
Cellular vendors will cancel plans for LTE Category 0 chips, focusing instead on Category M in their race against rivals to provide low cost and low power links for the Internet of Things.
Medtech Event Debuts New Projects
Rick Merritt  
10/12/2015   Post a comment
The annual Body Computing Conference will discuss work on injectable sensors, virtual clinics and crowd-sourced health research, said Leslie Saxon.
Samsung Opens Silicon Valley Home
Rick Merritt  
9/28/2015   Post a comment
Samsung’s new San Jose office towers over its sprawling Silicon Valley neighbors.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
Rick Merritt  
9/22/2015   Post a comment
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Intel’s Krzanich: CEO Q&A at IDF
Rick Merritt  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
Intel’s chief executive shares his thoughts on topics ranging from Moore’s Law, EUV, China, 3D XPoint and his effects to expand beyond the PC.
Wearables a Strange Fit, Says CEA
Rick Merritt  
8/13/2015   Post a comment
Wearables represent a fast growing but highly diverse and fragmented market where winners and losers are hard to call, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
IoT Net Gets New Leader
Rick Merritt  
7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
Rick Merritt  
7/16/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
Rick Merritt  
6/25/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet
Rick Merritt  
6/23/2015   Post a comment
A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
IoT Gets Sane Forecast at Event
Rick Merritt  
6/4/2015   (1) comment
At his first ever IoT event, Linley Gwennap will roll out a grounded forecast for the Internet of Things and thoughts on the chip technology behind it.
Intel/Qualcomm: The Last Big Move
Rick Merritt  
6/2/2015   Post a comment
In the chip game, two big dominoes are waiting to fall.
IoT Security Groundswell Gathers
Rick Merritt  
5/28/2015   Post a comment
After plenty of talk, a wave of real action aimed at solving the Internet of Things's security problems is on the rise.
Apple Watch Lacks Pulse, Says Startup
Rick Merritt  
5/21/2015   (1) comment
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
Rick Merritt  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Rick Merritt  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
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.
Moore’s Law @50 in the News
Rick Merritt  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
Here’s a sampler of some of the best of the reports that marked the official anniversary of Moore’s Law on Sunday, April 19.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
Rick Merritt  
4/19/2015   Post a comment
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 Smell the Coffee
Rick Merritt  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
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
Rick Merritt  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
Rick Merritt  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
Rick Merritt  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Rick Merritt  
3/5/2015   (1) comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
Rick Merritt  
3/3/2015   (1) comment
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting
Rick Merritt  
2/27/2015   Post a comment
The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
IoT Invades the Kitchen
Rick Merritt  
2/3/2015   Post a comment
A session on “Cooking with IoT” at the Embedded Systems Conference in Santa Clara in July will bring together a handful of IoT startups invading the kitchen.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Rick Merritt  
1/26/2015   Post a comment
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Apple Seen from Above, Inside
Rick Merritt  
1/22/2015   Post a comment
Drone videographers are providing images of Apple's new headquarters under construction and an analyst released a report on the future of the A-series SoCs in its iPhones and iPads.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic
Rick Merritt  
1/19/2015   Post a comment
The Internet of Things could be smaller or come more slowly than anyone expects, said a McKinsey analyst, who warns of other surprising shifts from smartphones to China.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
Rick Merritt  
12/31/2014   (2) comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee's future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
Rick Merritt  
12/29/2014   (7) comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white good makers about to roll out smart appliances using WiFi, Linux, and AllJoyn to connect with the cloud and each other.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Rick Merritt  
12/24/2014   (2) comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
Rick Merritt  
12/18/2014   (1) comment
Broadcom's co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore's Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars, and shifts in the engineering profession.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
Rick Merritt  
12/17/2014   (3) comments
The startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
Rick Merritt  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
Rick Merritt  
11/10/2014   Post a comment
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
Robots Confront Safety Standards
Rick Merritt  
10/2/2014   (11) comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
Rick Merritt  
9/24/2014   (13) comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
Rick Merritt  
9/16/2014   Post a comment
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell
Rick Merritt  
8/12/2014   (1) comment
This week, Intel offered new details on its 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a look at its Broadwell processor, the first CPU that is being built on that process.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering
Rick Merritt  
8/7/2014   (5) comments
The Apple co-founder and overall tech guru offered up his thoughts on the current state of smartwatches, IoT, and engineering, at this week’s Flash Memory Summit.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
Rick Merritt  
8/1/2014   (9) comments
The annual Flash Memory Summit, which kicks off August 5, is expected to give new insight into the NAND flash memory industry and what the trends are for the next 12 months. Here’s a quick preview.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
Rick Merritt  
7/30/2014   (22) comments
The IPSO Alliance is planning to publish a specification for building an IoT software stack using Internet Protocol. The announcement is part of a movement to bring standards to the Internet of Things.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
Rick Merritt  
7/25/2014   (9) comments
With the company leaving its cellular baseband business, Broadcom executives announced the layoffs this week, which represent about 20% of its workforce.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Rick Merritt  
7/18/2014   (6) comments
Now that Babak Parviz is leaving Google for Amazon, EE Times’s Rick Merritt contemplates what this means for Google Glass, as well as the future of wearables.
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