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Getting Ready For The IoT


A major change is underway in the semiconductor industry, and it is being driven by the Internet of Things. Gartner defines the IoT as a “network of dedicated physical objects (things) that contain embedded technology to sense or interact with their internal state or external environment. The IoT comprises an ecosystem that includes things, communication, applications and data analysis.” ... » read more

Metrics For Measuring Performance And Power In IoT SoC Designs


The problem confronting chip designers developing IoT SoCs is the need for high compute performance and low power consumption. This is especially true for SoCs being developed for devices required to operate for years on a battery. One example is the new generation of electronic shelf label (ESL) with a requirement of five years. The ESL receives central server pricing updates along with a f... » read more

The Real Value In Customizing Instructions


One element that distinguishes devices for the emerging IoT market from the mobile devices of the mature handheld market is power. Specifically, while the latter can accept a battery recharge cycle of days, the former demands years between battery recharge/replacement. Where the two devices resemble one another is their need for high performance. While embedded CPU cores have concentrated o... » read more

Electronic Labeling Takes Off


One hit product for the Internet of Things (IoT) market is the electronic shelf label (ESL). The ESL is rapidly replacing the paper price labels on store shelves throughout Europe and Asia, as well as within retail giants such as Walmart in the United States. But why are retailers replacing nearly zero cost paper labels with an electronic widget that sells for on the order of $5 each (prici... » read more

Smarter Meters


The smart meter is one of the best examples of a commercially viable, widely deployed Internet-of-Things (IoT) device. It highlights the main requirements of this class of product: low cost, low power, and high security. It also illustrates the main components found in all IoT devices—sensors, embedded processing, and communications capability to connect to the Internet. The following acc... » read more

The Case Against 8051


With the rise of Internet of things, sensors controlled by embedded processors are being installed in homes, offices, factories, and metropolitan infrastructure, power grids, and just about everything else. Because these intelligent IoT devices are deployed in large quantities everywhere, their cost must be very low compared with the mobile devices everyone carries with them every day. Besides ... » read more