Performance Increasingly Tied To I/O


Speeding up input and output is becoming a cornerstone for improving performance and lowering power in SoCs and ASICs, particularly as scaling processors and adding more cores produce diminishing returns. While processors of all types continue to improve, the rate of improvement is slowing at each new node. Obtaining the expected 30% to 50% boost in performance and lower power no longer can ... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Products Qualcomm reported before the official opening of CES 2017 that it has shipped more than 1 billion Internet of Things chips to date, for such applications as automotive electronics, Internet-connected televisions, sensors, and wearable gadgets (including smartwatches). The company didn’t include chips for smartphones and tablet computers in that total. “We have scale,” said Raj T... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Tools Google this week updated its Internet of Things platform, releasing a Developer Preview for Android Things, enabling application developers to create IoT devices running on the mobile Android operating system. “We incorporated the feedback from Project Brillo to include familiar tools such as Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google C... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Deals The $47 billion merger of Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors will not only affect the automotive chip market; it should also have a significant impact in the Internet of Things business. The companies note they are together strong in microcontrollers, secure identification, mobile transactions, payment cards, transit, application processors, and connectivity systems. Meanwhile, NXP reported... » read more

Keeping NFCs Secure


Short-range communications, including near-field and semi-near-field communications such as Bluetooth, AirDrop, and Zigbee, have become as much a part of our daily lives as our mobile devices. Through some incredible engineering and standards efforts, they have achieved low-power communication over short distances with remarkable accuracy and consistency. But as even more devices begin tapping ... » read more

IoT Design Challenges


Low-cost IoT designs that interface with the real world incorporate multiple design domains that individually are challenging for today’s engineers, so it’s no surprise that putting them all together creates extreme pressure on IoT design teams. The typical IoT device contains a sensor and an actuator that interface to the Internet. The sensor creates a signal based on some real-world ac... » read more

Inside Mesh Networks


Ad-hoc wireless mesh networks will be the great enabler for the IoE. Part one discusses the technology behind them. Mesh networks have a huge upside when it comes to the Internet of Everything, but there are also some big issues that have to be resolved. “One of the real challenges with mesh networks is there is not a lot of control of the devices that are joining and leaving the networ... » read more

Will People Pay More?


Smart devices can do many things. Some of them are useful, some are questionable, and some are just plain ridiculous. But the real issue for semiconductor and system companies isn't whether people will use them. It's whether they will work long enough and well enough to warrant the extra cost. The reality is that very few people use all of the features in any device, or even within a single ... » read more

Securing IoE Gateways


When we talk about the [getkc id="260" comment="Internet of Everything"], (IoE) we have come to realize that it will really be made up of a lot of different “things. It will envelope everything from home automation to intelligent vehicles, to wearables, to industrial applications, military, infrastructure. The list is almost endless. And there is a lot of discussion about securing these “th... » read more

Let’s Talk Open Source


Of late I have been hearing some rumblings about open source for the IoE. The sad part is that there is still talk about anything else. Even though the IoE remains a dream to many, the shrewd marketers already are scheming on how to make their product the one that leads that pack, and many see proprietary source code as a way to differentiate themselves. I can see that in any number of appli... » read more

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