Reflecting Back on 2016: Markets


Anyone can make a prediction, and sometimes the more outlandish they are the more they get noticed. But at the end of the year some people hit the mark while others may have been way off. Many people simply make projections based on the current trajectory of trends, while others look for the potential discontinuities that may lie ahead. Semiconductor Engineering examines the projections made... » read more

Smart Cities, Challenging Issues


Smart cities are coming. Not everything will be connected, and not everything will be connected at once. Still, governments around the globe are beginning to tap into a world of connected devices and sensors for reasons ranging from cheaper lighting to less traffic, lower crime, and improved air quality. Smart cities encompass all manner of usage models and equipment — parking meters, traf... » read more

USDOT Smart City Challenge: Columbus Drives Future of Automotive Semiconductor Development


The Smart City Challenge will be an accelerant of automotive semiconductor innovation. The U.S. Department of Transportation has chosen Columbus as the winner of the Smart City Challenge, entitling Ohio’s capital city to $40 million U.S. government funding, along with $10M from Paul Allen’s Vulcan investment firm, and $90M that Columbus raised from private partners, to create a fully integr... » read more

Will Little Guys Win IoT Race?


What we call the Internet of Things is actually a series of unrelated vertical markets, loosely tied together using various communications protocols to the Internet. Each has its own challenges, rate of growth and risk/reward formulas, which will be defined, redefined, and ultimately refined in ways we cannot see at this point. For the foreseeable future, though, it's unlikely that we will ... » read more

Smarter Cities


One of the benefits touted by IoE proponents is that smart cities will improve the quality of life and make cities more “livable.” The concept is appealing, and if it comes to pass as visionaries hope, the smart city of the future will be a virtual cornucopia of convenience and efficiency. Residents and vistors will never be lost with the proliferation of location technologies, which als... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 23


From the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, NXP's Birgit Ahlborn brings us a discussion with on the challenges to building trust in connected cars and intelligent transport systems, and what is needed to ensure security in a world of connected mobility. From the world's largest aircraft to terahertz wireless to the launch of a partially reusable orbital rocket, innovation is in the... » read more

Smart Grids, Smart Cities


What makes today’s power grid “intelligent” is the modernization of the technologies that both provide and support power distribution. These technologies use intelligent data analysis and communications, via a two-way, automated communications network to analyze what is going on within the grid. Information about the activities of both suppliers and consumers is collected, analyzed, an... » read more

Blog Review: April 15


How much memory do you need to look 13 billion years in the past? Rambus' Aharon Etengoff ponders the Square Kilometre Array's massive number of radio telescopes and what it means for computing. NXP's Martin Schoessler argues that for smart cities to work for their citizens, both technology companies and government entities will need a new mind-set. Reinventing the wheel is a good thing i... » read more