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.
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.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol Rick Merritt 7/16/2014 (32) comments Nest, the Internet of Things pioneer now owned by Google, is looking to turn its low-power mesh network protocol, called Thread, into an industry standard.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec Rick Merritt 7/10/2014 (5) comments A number of the world's largest technology companies, including Dell and Broadcom, are coming together to set industry standards for the Internet of Things.
Panasonic to Make 14nm SoCs at Intel Rick Merritt 7/8/2014 (2) comments Panasonic is joining several other companies that are taking advantage of Intel’s fabs to manufacture chips. It’s part of a broader initiative within Intel to help the business grow.
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