Complete Control Through Software

As Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications proliferate in critical infrastructure, such as the power grid and water supply, the importance of the underlying software and the availability of an open-source platform for app development is coming to the forefront. This marks a significant shift, particularly in the industrial and commercial world, where software historically has playe... » read more

Challenges For The IIoT

Unlike the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"], which is largely still a collection of connected devices that don't always play well together, the Industrial Internet of Things ([getkc id="78" kc_name="IIoT"]) already is in heavy use and growing across a number of markets well outside of the usual markets associated with semiconductors. A Morgan Stanley "blue paper" report issued la... » read more

Dark Data

Last month the National Resources Defense Council updated its study on data centers. The numbers themselves are rather mind boggling, and the NRDC has done an exceptional job over the years in ferreting out the biggest, baddest culprits of wasted energy. Witness the 2011 report on set-top boxes, which is finally beginning to yield changes in set-top box designs. The data center report is eq... » read more

Full Steam Ahead For IoT

Criticism is rampant about the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] being partially baked, ill-defined, or just a rehash of old ideas that never got off the drawing board. While there is some basis for that criticism, it really doesn't seem to matter. The semiconductor industry is in full pursuit of what many perceive to be the largest opportunity since the invention of the PC, the pub... » read more

New Market Expectations For 2015

This year more than 26 people provided predictions for 2015. Most of these came from the EDA industry, so the results may be rather biased. However, ecosystems are coming closer together in many parts of the semiconductor food chain, meaning that the EDA companies often can see what is happening in dependent industries and in the system design houses. Thus their predictions may have already res... » read more

The Other IoT

What happens in the home, in the car, or in the tiny electronic devices people carry around with them or wear on their wrists or implant in their bodies is the focus of marketing by thousands of companies all over the globe. After all, the Internet of Things, in some shape or form, is widely expected to the "next big thing," or at least provide the foundation for many next big things. Far le... » read more

Trouble Spots And Optimism For 2015

Most top executives in the semiconductor industry are bullish about 2015 and even beyond, particularly as the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] begins to drive new markets and market mash-ups, and as more semiconductors find their way into markets such as automotive, health-care and manufacturing. But it's not an entirely rosy picture, and top executives point to potential trouble sp... » read more

IoT Sees Real Adoption In Industry, Driving Development Of Ecosystem

The smart watch may get the press, but smart connected sensors in the factory are quietly saving companies millions a year. Companies from Intel to Rio Tinto are reporting real bottom line results from industrial applications of the Internet of Things. That solid ROI is driving development of the infrastructure needed to ease further adoption in what will likely be the biggest market for the I... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 8

Mentor's Robin Bornoff examines the thickness of leg hair and just how much of a drag it causes for bicyclists. More hair equals more drag, and thicker hair is worse. Ansys' Justin Nescott routes out the top five engineering articles of the week. Of particular note: The world's most precise clock, which loses one second every 13.8 billion years. Cadence's Richard Goering puts some conte... » read more