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  • The Cellular Internet of Things -- Emerging technologies
    Cellular technologies offer a robust connectivity option for IoT applications that face poor or spotty Internet connectivity through more familiar technologies. In this new series, the authors describes key cellular technologies and their growing role in the IoT.

  • High-performance embedded computing -- Parallelism and compiler optimization
    Multicore processors provide tremendous high-performance platforms for embedded systems, but compilers may not take full advantage and developers sometimes need to take matters into their own hands.

  • Microsoft plans IoT SoC
    Firms expect to deliver Microsoft to deliver this year the first Azure Sphere chip, promising to drive IoT innovation with built-in security and connectivity.

  • Security experts see growing threat environment
    Experts called for more emphasis on security in chip design amid mounting threats and the lessons of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

  • Amazon's big plans for Alexa voice service
    Amazon gave a tour of its secretive Lab126 to show in the AI era that it's ready to let anyone make any kind of Alexa voice device - and fast!

  • Reference system lets developers explore event-driven vision
    Reference system for event-driven machine vision allows vision system developers to try, test and understand how non-frame-based neuromorphic vision works.

  • STMicro’s single-chip BLDC driver boosts runtime in portables and IoT devices
    Low-voltage motor driver is suitable for both single-shunt and three-shunt brushless-motor driving.

  • Cloud service offers advanced CAE tool platform
    Early beta users of OnScale’s world-class SaaS-based CAE solvers include Siemens, GE, and InvenSense.

  • MEMS device offers super sensitivity
    Hitachi intends to apply this sensor to various applications including next-generation oil and gas and infrastructure monitoring.

  • A fresh look at embedding a web server
    As an embedded engineer, chances are that you have already worked on an embedded web server and have an understanding of the HTTP protocol or even AJAX and REST protocols. Still, traditional methods for transferring data between the browser and device may not be the best option.

  • Semaphores: introduction and basic services
    In this installment of his RTOS Revealed series, Colin explains semaphores, their structure, and usage.

  • Optimizing the RF feedline in PCB design
    Most Wi-Fi and Bluetooth designs will appear to work during board bring‐up, even if the antenna feedline has a horrible mismatch, but then problems arise when you get to range testing and data integrity testing.

  • AI chips focus on IoT
    Qualcomm throws its hat in the ring by announcing products purpose built for the Internet of Things.

  • Rambus builds security on RISC-V core
    Rambus announced an advanced root-of-trust block based on a RISC-V core to plug Meltdown/Spectre flaws, but one expert called for standalone chips.

  • Nanofabricated arrays could benefit battery monitoring, biosensors
    Researchers demonstrate potential to build low cost nanosensors in large volume production for applications like battery monitoring.

  • Tiny antennas suit slimline cellular designs
    Offered in left and right versions, Antenova's Integra and Inversa chip antennas are just 3.3 mm high for use in slimline 3G and 4G devices.

  • ARM faces AI chip competition
    Several companies have announced inference accelerators for machine learning competing with Arm, but it's still early days, said an analyst.

  • How to create compliant documentation for your embedded system and avoid legal pitfalls
    If you are developing embedded systems for the European market, you will probably have to deal with CE marking and provide compliant documentation with your system. Here is how you can create compliant documentation that meets the requirements of CE marking.

  • Processor-based solution reduces noise levels in vehicles
    Echo and noise can make communication on the road difficult. Echo occurs when the speakers within a car transmit a voice signal from an incoming call, which subsequently ricochets through the vehicle and returns to the microphone. This causes the caller to hear their own voice, which is distracting and can result in broken communications. Additionally, road noise from fans, exhaust, tires, windows and passengers can infiltrate calls and render them unintelligible, ultimately disrupting the driving experience and causing frustration. The new NXP ECNR solution deals with both problems by removing echoes and filtering out unwanted noise from the cockpit to enhance the sound quality of conversations. Since the ECNR solution can be ported to NXP chipsets and is ITU-T P1110 and CarPlay® pre-certified, it can reduce carmakers’ R&D expenses and speed up the design cycle. “The NXP ECNR software has been deployed worldwide in more than a billion phones and we want to deliver this leading market-proven technology to our automotive customers,” said Alexandre Henon, marketing director of audio solutions at NXP. “We adapted our ECNR to automotive requirements and ported the software on two NXP chipset families to provide NXP customers with an easy to implement, high-performance and architecturally flexible solution depending on where they want to run the ECNR function.” Sources: NXP Semiconductors googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-fluid');}); Automotive, Noise Reduction, ECNR,

  • Driver IC simplifies LED lighting design
    With a wide input voltage range and integrated power MOSFET, the AL8862 buck LED driver is well-suited for LED lighting drive circuits with minimized board space and reduced BoM cost.