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

Implantable Chips

Implanting RFID chips into people has been a subject for debate and experimentation for nearly two decades. Back in 1998, the first implantable RFID device was injected into the hand of Professor Kevin Warwick. His hand became a transponder, and he could open doors that were designed to work with smart cards. In smart buildings, he was also able to turn on lights simply by entering into the ro... » read more

Talking Machines: NFC On The Factory Floor

The emergence of smart manufacturing facilities – what some term the fourth industrial revolution, or Industrial 4.0 – is creating a new level of automation in the factory, with intelligent object networking, independent process manufacturing, and frequent use of interactions between the real and virtual worlds. These trends are changing how manufacturers manage their production networks, a... » read more

The Next Level Of Chip Security

As we move to that magic year, 2020, which is commonly being recognized as the year when the IoT is supposed to be in full bloom, the security issues just keep coming. The rate of cyber exploits continue to ramp up daily. Yet there seems to be just as much complacency about the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] as there is about the Internet of today. It seems we are becoming desensi... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 3

Mentor's Robin Bornoff zeroes in on some of the biggest and most frustrating causes of energy loss—the ones that have nothing to do with the intended task. In electronics, it's a question of how much power is consumed pushing around electrons and photons. Cadence's Richard Goering follows a panel discussion about whether we're really making progress in low-power design, where the challeng... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Tools Mentor Graphics rolled out an extension to its PCB design platform that allows for synchronization of processes across multi-board systems. The new tool captures logic and system definitions for boards, cables, backplanes, cable assemblies, sensors and actuators. Cadence introduced a dynamic characterization solution for mixed signal blocks such as PLLs, data converters, high-speed tr... » read more

Wireless Security Issues Grow

The Internet, as we know it today, is still mostly an information highway. However, even as we speak, more and more once autonomous, physical objects are becoming intelligent. That includes the obvious ones, such as today’s smart communications devices, to the not so evident ones, such as pacemakers, vehicles, audio/video, and environmental sensors. There are microscopic cameras that are swal... » read more