6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Here's a heads-up on six things to expect at next week's Flash Memory Summit in Silicon Valley. The annual event has been growing in parallel with the rise of NAND flash chips that are plugging into an increasing variety of sockets in consumer and business systems. 1. Expect more details on…

IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A trade group plans to publish a specification for building an Internet of Things software stack using the Internet Protocol. The effort is part of a growing trend toward implementing IP in embedded systems. The IP for Smart Objects Alliance (IPSO Alliance) will publish at least one reference architecture this year…

Mobile Benchmarks Need Work

It's ironic that the issues that deserve the most industry cooperation tend to be the most contentious ones. Few issues have been more contentious than performance benchmarking. Slowly, we're moving in the right direction, but more work is needed. Benchmarks are widely used for evaluating anything electronic. To get the best scores, silicon and system…

Skin-Like Stretchable Electronics Start With Molecules

A solar panel that could ball-up to the size of a grapefruit and expand to the size of a room, created from super-compliant fracture-proof electronics — that's Darren Lipomi's dream. The professor in the department of nanoengineering at University of California at San Diego (UCSD) envisions a world filled with self-repairing sensor “skins,” each made…

Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Even before its $3.2 billion acquisition by Google, Nest Labs was quietly building into all its products a low-power mesh networking protocol. Now it hopes to make it an industry standard, called Thread, for home automation devices. A handful of chip and system makers, including ARM, Freescale, Silicon Labs, and Samsung,…

IoT Household Wares: Who’s Talking to Whom?

MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there’s certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea. Aside from big-number projections (e.g., Cisco predicts 50 billion…

IoT: Creativity Unleashed

The Internet of Things opens Pandora's box. The result will be a creativity explosion. Everyone believes that the advent of IoT is unstoppable, and they are right. The Internet of Things is the next “big thing” in electronics. This is an explosion of new ideas that will add sensing and controls to literally billions of…

IoT & the Age of SCM 2.0 Enhances Supply Chain

When you hear the phrase “Internet of Things” (IoT), people tend to think of electronics or wearables — the types of technologies that are driving adoption of a personalized, “smart” consumer lifestyle. Yet, there's more to the IoT story, specifically as it relates to the supply chain. Supply chain management 2.0 In Gartner's recent press…

Wearable Data Acquisition on the Golf Course

It isn't often that one attends a financial conference to discover a technology and a sport that one is familiar with. Well, this happened to me recently, and I saw two of my passions combined: data acquisition and golf. Amongst several company presentations was a company, Zepp, which was unknown to me previously. Its product…