19 Views of ISSCC Rick Merritt 2/9/2016 Post a comment Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC Rick Merritt 1/27/2016 Post a comment The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
8 Predictions for 2016 Rick Merritt 1/4/2016 (1) comment 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.
VR Ride Pumped Me Up Rick Merritt 12/18/2015 Post a comment A drive, ride and fly through virtual reality courtesy of a new peripheral from startup Virzoom reaffirms that VR world will someday be vast.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles Rick Merritt 12/2/2015 Post a comment More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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