Thread’s Killer App?

Every time the electronics industry rolls out new technologies, the inevitable question is: “What’s the killer app?” The killer app question is what many vendors, especially in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, have struggled to answer. This is largely because on the home front alone, IoT covers such a broad spectrum — ranging from…

Marconi Back on the Airwaves

Marconi, a name synonymous with radio and wireless communications, has been silent for too long. Now it is set to be reborn, on a brand of digital radios, courtesy of a small but fast-growing UK company, the Bullitt Group. For those who followed the tragic demise of the UK’s electronics industry in the late 1990s,…

Why Japan Hasn’t Led IoT

YOKOHAMA, Japan — During his keynote speech at the Embedded/IoT Technology conference here Wednesday, Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown open real-time operating system, blasted Japanese embedded systems designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage. Ken Sakamura (Image: EE Times) Sakamura, professor at the University of Tokyo,…

iPhone 7: Will It Have Intel Inside?

Apple already relies on Intel to provide the processors for its Mac computers, and may ask the chipmaker to supply a key component for the next-generation iPhone, the so-called iPhone 7. Intel has as many as one thousand engineers working to integrate its 7360 LTE modem with Apple's application processor. The deal would be a…

Marvell Jumps Gun on Gigabit Ethernet for Cars

MADISON, Wis.—Marvell has won the race to a Gigabit automotive Ethernet PHY transceiver chip that can be shown off to car OEMs and Tier Ones. Called 88Q2112, it is compliant with the draft IEEE 802.3bp 1000BASE-T1 standard. The automotive industry has only begun to embrace the automotive Ethernet standard. The technology called “BroadR-Reach,” defined by…

prpl Foundation Sponsors Wireless Battle of the Mesh Event

Santa Clara, CA –The prpl Foundation, an open-source non-profit foundation focused on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, today announced its sponsorship of the annual Wireless Battle of the Mesh (commonly referred to as 'BattleMesh') event, to be held Aug. 3-9 in Maribor, Slovenia. BattleMesh brings together mesh networking enthusiasts, community networking activists,…

Avago-Broadcom Deal: What’s in It for You?

One of the fascinating features of capitalism is that money talks. For example, I can’t help but see Avago’s eye-popping $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom as an outspoken case of Wall Street winning huge over the engineering community. The deal was done on behalf of the two companies’ shareholders. Nothing wrong with that. It’s textbook…

US EMV Adoption to Drive Market

While less than 10% of cards shipped in the US last year were contactless, a mere 185m compared with 1.5 billion worldwide, this is set to change as the only major market not to have previously adopted EMV-standard cards finally makes the switch. Meanwhile in Europe, the birthplace of Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) standard,…