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Wearables Are Distributed Computing’s New Frontier


If you want to see the latest wearables, head to your local electronics or sporting goods store. But if you want to see the latest wearables that are leveraging machine learning at the edge, say hello to Monisha Perkash, Andrew Chang and their colleagues. Perkash and Chang co-founded Lumo Bodytech, a six-year-old, 30-person Internet of Things (IoT) startup that is not only shaking up the we... » read more

Distributed Intelligence Gets Real


I write for a living, which means a lot of typing. But it can also mean a lot of talking, thanks to technology. For six years now, I’ve happily used voice-to-text apps on my smart phone. These cloud-based services have made me immensely more productive, whether it’s dictating an email or a story idea. I once dictated an entire blog post into my phone while I was driving (don’t tell an... » read more

Drone Heads Into Thin Air


The drone copter was being held prisoner. While ARM engineer Matt Du Puy and his fellow climbers were rotating between camps on Kanchenjunga preparing to ascend the world’s third-highest peak, a key new addition to his ARM-powered electronics kit was being held back by Nepalese customs officials. The drone copter was shipped to Kathmandu several weeks ago for Matt and team to pick up be... » read more

How To Scale IoT For “Time To Money,” Security


When it comes to design, IoT can be boiled down to “time to money.” It’s more complex than that, of course, but the unique, dynamic nature of the segment is changing the way we design systems and how we think about security. “IoT is not a device. It’s delivering service across the cloud to connected devices,” said Nandan Nayampally, vice president of marketing with ARM. “In the... » read more

How Do We Get To Full Throttle In Mobile?


By Govind Wathan and Brian Fuller With each new generation of mobile device, we look forward to running the latest apps—especially games. (It's amazing how immersive mobile games have become in just a few years). We’re consumers but we’re also engineers, and here we’re faced with a huge challenge. It’s not just the games that get more powerful. A whole new generation of virtual ... » read more

New Twist On Scalable Electronics?


Snug in their tents at Everest base camp a few years ago, Matt Du Puy and his colleagues marveled at the howling snowstorm outside, until they peeked out and saw snow drifts piling up quickly. They made a quick decision to tug on their boots and seek safer ground. As they did, clutches of other campers emerged and fell in line, bleary-eyed refugees trudging through the darkness. “We got of... » read more

What The Next Era Of Automotive Design Will Require


ARM, automotive, automotive electronics, lower-power processors, ADAS, automated driver assist, smart cars, autonomous vehicles, TECHnalysis, Your father’s automotive market, with its long design cycles and reluctance for change, is in the rear-view mirror— a spec on the horizon in fact. The industry’s enthusiastic embrace of electronics — and the astonishing cost, functional, safety... » read more

Solving ‘Simulator Sickness’ With Smart Software, SoC Design


The growth in virtual and augmented reality headsets is expected to explode in the coming years. The U.K.-based research firm KZero estimates headset unit volume will jump from nearly 4 million this year to 38.4 million in 2018. But that growth rate might be stunted if users continue to struggle with “simulator sickness,” that queasy feeling that something is just not right as they navi... » read more

Think In Blocks


It always seems to come back to LEGOs, doesn’t it? Earlier this year I wrote about Google Project Ara, the so-called “LEGO” smart phone architecture unveiled in April. Project Ara uses the MIPI Alliance UniPro and M-PHY protocols as the backbone for a modular electronics architecture inside a smart phone “endoskeleton.” Using electro-permanent magnets (they don’t need a perma... » read more

Thermal And Power Considerations In Designing For The Developing World


Engineers designing for emerging markets confront fascinating challenges. Take data centers for developing societies. Most of these systems are in remote locations, exposed to the elements, with limited power, save for the sun. How do you deal with rain, rust, durability? How do you prevent members of the animal kingdom sauntering by and chewing on your system? These are some of the intri... » read more

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