2015 International CES: wearables and smart home

2015 International CES: wearables and smart home
by Bill Jewell on 01-13-2015 at 7:00 pm

2015 International CES was held last week in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which puts on the show said over 170,000 people attended. The show featured more than 3,600 exhibitors covering over 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space.

In advance of the show, CEA released highlights of its forecast for the… Read More


Components for Wearables, Making the IoT Real

Components for Wearables, Making the IoT Real
by Paul McLellan on 12-22-2014 at 4:12 pm

The screenwriter William Goldman is famous for saying that in Hollywood “Nobody knows anything.” Meaning that there is simply no way for any of the people involved to be able to predict which movies will turn out to be hits and which will be flops. I think the internet of things (IoT) is going to be like that. There will … Read More


CEVA creating a wearable IP platform

CEVA creating a wearable IP platform
by Don Dingee on 07-25-2014 at 12:00 am

Processor and GPU cores usually get the limelight, driven by the ARM and Imagination machines occupying the center square of most SoC designs. CEVA has quietly been assembling DSP IP in most of the squares around the edge, and may have just reached critical mass for wearables and IoT devices.… Read More


Google Glass Fail!

Google Glass Fail!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-23-2014 at 4:30 pm

Not a total fail but I would classify it as a Segway type fail meaning that while society on a whole will shun Google Glass there will be a number of teksters that will keep the technology in circulation. Teksters is a word I just made up and submitted to the Urban Dictionary. Kind of like hipsters, teksters is a subset of counter-culture… Read More


I’ll be with you in a second

I’ll be with you in a second
by Don Dingee on 06-27-2014 at 3:00 pm

One aspect of always-on is power conservation, being able to respond to events without having a device constantly in full-power mode. This month, the announcement of the Amazon Fire Phone and details revealed about the Google Android Wear SDK suggest another important dimension: the competitive advantage of rapid, frictionless… Read More


Enabling Technologies that Will Shape the next Wearables

Enabling Technologies that Will Shape the next Wearables
by Daniel Nenni on 06-21-2014 at 10:00 am

One of the benefits of spending the last 30 years working in Silicon Valley and publishing a fabless semiconductor book is that I get invitations to speak at events I would normally be attending. Being on the other side of the podium is truly a unique experience and one worth pursuing, absolutely. This month I spoke at #51DAC about … Read More


Sensor Hub and Wearable Gestures

Sensor Hub and Wearable Gestures
by Paul McLellan on 06-13-2014 at 10:00 am

One of the challenges with the internet of things (IoT) is that many devices are both always on and battery powered (and not with a large battery). The responsibilities need to be split so that the device senses when it needs to wake up without requiring the application processor to be waking up all the time to make the decision since… Read More


Samsung Voice of the Body

Samsung Voice of the Body
by Paul McLellan on 05-28-2014 at 2:12 pm

I just back from Samsung’s big announcement held at the SFJazz center (very conveniently 15 minutes walk from my place). They put a stake in the ground about their program at the intersection of medicine and health and technology. They had said in advance that they would not announce any new hardware but in fact they did…although… Read More


What’s not quite MCU, and not quite SoC?

What’s not quite MCU, and not quite SoC?
by Don Dingee on 05-21-2014 at 10:10 am

There has been a lot of railing lately about how we don’t have quite the right chips for the upcoming wave of wearables. Chips one would drop in a smartphone are often overkill and overpowered, burning through electrons too quickly. Chips one would use for a simple control task generally lack peripherals and performance, offsetting… Read More


Wearables at Linley Mobile: Diverging views

Wearables at Linley Mobile: Diverging views
by Daniel Nenni on 05-08-2014 at 11:30 pm

The Linley Mobile Conference last week initiated a lot of discussion about emerging technologies and markets, especially wearables. Jessica Lipsky’s EE Times article captured some of the sentiments in her article, “Wearables Need Tailored SoCs.” But the conference covered a lot more ground than wearables, including mobile… Read More