U.S. Fab Investments Rise


Thin Film Electronics is opening a chip fabrication facility in San Jose, Calif., that will produce devices on rolls of flexible materials, using technology similar to inkjet printing, rather than the standard semiconductor production equipment geared toward silicon wafers. At the same time, Samsung Electronics and GlobalFoundries are expanding their wafer fabrication plants in Austin, Texas... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance SENSORO reports receiving $18 million in Series B funding from Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Sumitomo, and Tsing Capital. Nokia Growth Partners provided $10 million in first-round financing two years ago. SENSORO, which provides Internet of Things sensor devices and network technology, was established in 2013 as part of the Microsoft Accelerator program. Daylight Investors of Los An... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance August Home (formerly known as Kease), a San Francisco-based supplier of smart door locks and doorbell cameras, reports raising about $17.7 million from venture capitalists, with plans to lock down just shy of $25 million in private funding. The information was disclosed in a Form D filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Protocols Comcast has joined the LoRa Alliance a... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Mergers & Acquisitions Qualcomm reported that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 expired on Monday, April 3, clearing the chip design company’s proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, at least in the eyes of U.S. antitrust regulators. Qualcomm expects to close the transaction, which will create an Internet of Things powerhouse, b... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Products NXP Semiconductors this week brought out several Internet of Things devices and other products for using near-field communications in advanced product authentication, integrity assurance, and enhanced user engagement in consumer manufactured goods, health care, retail, and other industries. The company has introduced the NTAG 413 DNA and NTAG 213 Tag Tamper devices to combat fake prod... » read more

Chaos, Progress In Mobile Payment Security


Semiconductor suppliers and their embedded software partners, internally and externally, have made tremendous strides in recent years supporting secure mobile payment processing. It hasn't been easy. Or simple. And it's still evolving. The result of those efforts, which is now set to play an increasingly important and widespread commercial role in 2017, are trusted execution environment t... » read more

Battle Looms Over Mobile Payments


The lines are drawn. The sides are sizing each other up. Apple is on one side with secure element, and Google and Microsoft are on the other side with host card emulation. Both are mobile payment systems for smartphones that rely on near-field communication technology. Apple fired the first shot with SE, and Google soon replied with HCE. And now both sides are ramping up after months of dela... » read more

The Promise Of NFC For Industry 4.0


There have been several points, in the history of manufacturing, when technology has truly revolutionized the way products are made. In the early part of the 20th century, the steam engine and electrification led to mass production, and in the 1970s, when robotics, computers, and other types of automation came on the scene, productivity got another big boost. Since then, though, technology has ... » read more

More Than Just Plastic


The magnetic strip credit card era is coming to an end. The technology is antiquated, prone to security vulnerabilities, and has no self-destruct capability if lost or stolen. In its place are near-field technologies coupled with smart devices—think Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, digital wallets, MasterCard's PayPass—and now near-field communication (NFC) chips inside of cards. But... » read more

What NFC Means For Smart Factories, Intelligent Supply Chains And Industry 4.0


There is a growing trend, in today's factories, to use innovations like smart objects, autonomous production, and access to the cloud to support customization on a large scale and manufacture products in close to real time. This trend, which is seen to be part of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is accelerated by the use of wireless technologies, including Near Field Communica... » read more

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