IoT Has Always Been With Us

By most accounts, Kevin Ashton of the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology coined the term “the Internet of Things” in 1999, referring to a system of ubiquitous sensors connecting the Internet with the physical world. We were well into the 21st century before the Internet of Things, as a marketing term or a short description of a certain technology, came to be wide... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 23

Connecting implanted devices University of Washington researchers developed a new method for communication between devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, credit cards and smaller wearable electronics with other devices such as smartphones and watches. Using only reflections, an interscatter system requires no specialized equipment, relying solely on mobile devices to generate Wi-... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT

Deals Samsung said Tuesday that it will invest about $1.2 billion in Internet of Things startups in the U.S. over the next four years. Investments will be made through the Samsung Global Innovation Center in Silicon Valley and through other Samsung units. Samsung is partnering with Intel to establish the National IoT Strategy Initiative, which will take in academic and industry members and wil... » read more

Bluetooth Smart: Doing (A Lot) More With Less

By Charles Dittmer and Prithi Ramakrishnan I was really struck by Ann Steffora Mutschler's piece last month (Running Out Of Energy?). She notes that by 2040, the energy required for computing is expected to surpass the estimated world's energy production. That's a problem. One factor could be the rise of IoT applications. Billions of devices will be deployed in the next decade, and we ... » read more

IoT Design Challenges

Low-cost IoT designs that interface with the real world incorporate multiple design domains that individually are challenging for today’s engineers, so it’s no surprise that putting them all together creates extreme pressure on IoT design teams. The typical IoT device contains a sensor and an actuator that interface to the Internet. The sensor creates a signal based on some real-world ac... » read more

Inside Mesh Networks

Ad-hoc wireless mesh networks will be the great enabler for the IoE. Part one discusses the technology behind them. Mesh networks have a huge upside when it comes to the Internet of Everything, but there are also some big issues that have to be resolved. “One of the real challenges with mesh networks is there is not a lot of control of the devices that are joining and leaving the networ... » read more

Will People Pay More?

Smart devices can do many things. Some of them are useful, some are questionable, and some are just plain ridiculous. But the real issue for semiconductor and system companies isn't whether people will use them. It's whether they will work long enough and well enough to warrant the extra cost. The reality is that very few people use all of the features in any device, or even within a single ... » read more

Blog Review: July 22

It's been a hot summer for high-level synthesis, says Cadence's Dave Pursley in a collection of the season's HLS highlights spanning DAC to SystemC Japan. Mentor's Harry Foster continues his survey of functional verification with a look at the adoption trends of various verification technologies, and the reasons one-third of projects use emulation or FPGA prototyping. Synopsys' Navraj Nan... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Acquisitions Synopsys acquired all low power wireless IP assets of Silicon Vision. The Egyptian company, which provided Bluetooth Smart, ISM Radio, Zigbee Radio, and Z-wave IP, is now working exclusively with Synopsys. The acquisition expands Synopsys' portfolio of IP for the Internet of Things, which includes security IP recently obtained through the acquisition of Elliptic Technologies. ... » read more

Securing IoE Gateways

When we talk about the [getkc id="260" comment="Internet of Everything"], (IoE) we have come to realize that it will really be made up of a lot of different “things. It will envelope everything from home automation to intelligent vehicles, to wearables, to industrial applications, military, infrastructure. The list is almost endless. And there is a lot of discussion about securing these “th... » read more

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