The Week in Review: IoT


Regulation The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting public comments on “potential safety issues and hazards associated with Internet-connected consumer products.” The agency is concerned about “unexpected operating conditions” with Internet of Things devices, along with hacking that could start fires through a stovetop or grill, and the potential compromising of home safety ... » read more

Mixing Interface Protocols


Continuous and pervasive connectivity requires devices to support multiple interface protocols, but that is creating problems at multiple levels because each protocol is based on a different set of assumptions. This is becoming significantly harder as systems become more heterogeneous and as more functions are crammed into those devices. There are more protocols that need to be supported to ... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Conferences Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and 5G wireless communications were the talk of this week’s Mobile World Congress Americas event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Interesting topics, to be sure, yet they were eclipsed by a panel discussion on Wednesday afternoon about a matter of life or death. At a program put together by 151 Advisors, one of the panel ses... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Deals Deere & Co. has agreed to acquire Blue River Technology of Sunnyvale, Calif., for $305 million. The transaction is expected to close this month. Blue River develops computer vision and machine learning technology for use in precision agriculture. Monsanto Growth Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, Innovation Endeavors, Khosla Ventures, and Pontifax AgTech were among the investors... » read more

Multi-Board System Design


The last decade has seen extraordinary advances in printed circuit board design and fabrication. There has been substantial advances across design, from schematic entry to simulation to layout and routing to team collaboration and even to the way that manufacturing data is transferred to the fabricator. But there is one place where advancement has seemingly been stalled: the overarching system-... » read more

One-on-One: Steven Woo


Semiconductor Engineering sat down with Steven Woo, vice president and distinguished inventor at [getentity id="22671" e_name="Rambus"], to talk about the IoT and where the real problems are showing up. SE: What are the big challenges as we move toward an [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"]-connected world? Woo: The challenges we see, moving forward aren’t particularly related... » read more

Executive Insight: Gideon Wertheizer


SE: From your standpoint, what’s the next big thing? Wertheizer: The industry was driven in the past few years by the structure the smartphone created. It looks like this area is about to grow. What’s changing is the integration of the smartphone with other applications. The smartphone is now a hub of entertainment and productivity with many devices connecting directly or indirectly to i... » read more

Internet of Things Design Considerations For Embedded Connected Devices


Embedded connectivity has been around since the early days of M2M. But what is new are the many complexities and emerging standards embedded system developers need to know if they are to design the latest IoT device. This paper delves into many of the key considerations developers need to know and discusses the critical areas of IoT security and connectivity along with the importance of a prove... » read more

New Standards For Connectivity


By Pallab Chatterjee The last couple of months have been busy for data transfer standards. Consider the following moves: Power Line Communication (PLC) has become a new standard by the IEEE and has two groups promoting it: HD-PLC and Home Plug Alliance. Bluetooth also has made progress with the draft of the new Bluetooth Low Energy Technology as part of the July version 4 specificatio... » read more