Mouser Offers Arduino 101 from Intel

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now shipping the highly anticipated Arduino 101 from Intel and Arduino. The Arduino 101 is the first widely available learning and development board based on the Intel® Curie™ module, delivering Intel performance with the simplicity of Arduino for entry-level makers and education environments. Additionally, with native Bluetooth® and sensor capabilities, the Arduino 101 is suited for prototyping wearable, Internet of…

Smartphones Spur Sensor Hub Growth

The market for sensor hubs – dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks – is forecast to surpass 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, driven by the smartphone market, reported IHS Inc. The “booming” market is being spurred by “always-on” sensor processing and battery limitations, according to…

Top 10 IP&E Articles in 2015

In 2015, EPS readers were most interested in pricing and lead-time information when it comes to the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) device market. Two of the biggest issues for IP&E buyers have always been availability and pricing, particularly for commodity products.  According to an EPS purchasing survey, purchasers spend almost 5 ½ hours per…

Chinese Wearable Device Vendors Challenge Market Leaders

A new IDC report reveals that Chinese manufacturers are making significant inroads as leading wearable device vendors with volume shipments continuing to ramp significantly. Global shipment volume for wearables in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15) totaled 21 million units, up 197.6 percent from 7.1 million units shipped in 3Q14, according to the International Data…

TI Claims Smallest, Lowest Power Battery Management for IoT

Dallas, Tex.  – Texas Instruments (TI) launched a highly integrated battery management solution that features a linear charger, configurable LDO, load switch, buck converter, pushbutton control and battery voltage monitor in one solution. The bq25120 claims the industry’s lowest quiescent current (Iq) at 700 nA with the buck converter, operating at 1.8 V.  The configurable…

Fujitsu Designs Bluetooth Smart Module for IoT

San Jose, Calif. – Aimed at Internet of Things (IoT) applications, Fujitsu Component America, Inc. introduced an ultra-small Bluetooth smart module – the MBH7BLZ07 – that is approximately 50 percent smaller than its predecessor, the MBH7BLZ02. The small size and low-power consumption of the new module reduces the cost and time to develop smaller and lighter…

Enterprise Wearables Market to Reach $6.3B by 2020

Enterprise and industrial organizations in a wide range of sectors are increasingly turning to wearable devices as an extension of their technology toolkits.  Pioneering companies across a number of industries have found that wearables including smart watches, fitness trackers, and smart glasses can provide meaningful advantages in terms of productivity, efficiency, and cost savings. According…

U.S. Consumer Wearables Market to Reach $9.7B by 2019

San Antonio, Tex. – Compass Intelligence (www.compassintelligence.com), a market analytics and consulting firm specializing in metrics-driven intelligence and insights, has released a series of wearable technology studies highlighting various aspects of the consumer wearables market within its “Emerging Technologies” research track. The reports combine market size forecasts with consumer insight driven data that discusses adoption and usage…