Connectibity vendor D-Link and chip and IoT firm Silicon Labs have partnered to ‘accelerate smart home technology development and deployment’.The collaboration brings D-Link’s strength in consumer networking devices with Silicon Labs’ expertise in developing semiconductors and the Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking technologies, such as ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi.
Everyone is waiting for the Internet of Things. The funny thing is, it is already here. Contrary to expectation, though, it isn’t just a bunch of devices that have a chip and an internet connection.The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services. And they are being delivered by an unlikely cast of characters: Uber Technologies Inc., SolarCity Corp., ADT Corp., and Comcast Corp., to name a few. One recent entrant: the Brita unit of Clorox Corp., which just introduced a Wi-Fi-enabled “smart” pitcher that can re-order its own water filters.
The Imec research institute (Leuven, Belgium) has designed an SoC integrating support for five low power wide area (LPWA) networks for the Internet of Things. Separately, it struck a deal to collaborate with Infineon Technologies AG on the design of a CMOS-based 79 GHz radar chip for cars, it announced at its annual Imec Technology Forum here.
Imec claims its LPWA chip—co-developed with the Holst Center, a sister institute in the Netherlands—is the most integrated and lowest cost of its kind to date. The chip supports five nets that run in the 780-930 MHz ISM band and are geared for smart meters or smart cities—802.15.4g/k, LoRa, KNX-RF, Sigfox and Wireless M-Bus.
Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Itseez, a specialist in computer vision algorithms and applications for embedded and specialized hardware.These types of algorithms have applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) and for autonomous vehicles, which major technology companies and global automakers have been giving increasing levels of investment.The acquisition is part of Intel’s transition from a chip company that mainly focused on PCs to one that powers cloud technologies and smart-connected computing devices.
LTE is the champion for smartphone service, but in the Internet of Things, it’s just starting to become a challenger.On Tuesday, Sequans Communications announced what it called the first chip for LTE Category M, a variant of the global mobile standard that is tuned for low-power IoT gear like utility meters, factory sensors and wearables. The chip, called Monarch, will be ready to go into devices when Category M networks go live late this year or in early 2017, the company said.
Tech giant Sony announced the acquisition of Altair Semiconductor, an Israel-based company that owns modem chip technology and related software for Long Term Evolution (LTE), a 4G cellular standard for mobile devices.The Japanese company will pay $212 million for Altair in a move that could bolster its presence in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, as more devices and appliances come equipped with cellular chipsets and access network services to connect to the Web.
Dutch researchers have invented an internet-of-things sensor that powers itself from router radio waves.The first sample chip measures just 2mm square, weighs 1.6 milligrams and measures temperature. It draws power from a Wi-Fi router via a tiny antenna, takes a reading, and then broadcasts it back, using a slightly different frequency to give the temperature figure.
OmniVision Technologies Inc. OVTI, +0.10% a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV788, an ultra-low power video compression chip with integrated synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM). Ideally suited for smart-home and security applications, the compact OV788 system-in-package with SDRAM (OV0788-U44G) provides small to midsize original equipment manufacturers with an easy-to-integrate and compact video processing solution that significantly reduces lead times and time to market. The OV788 system-in-package is compatible with a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as battery operated intrusion cameras, door locks, video doorbells and 360-degree multi-cameras in smart homes.
Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled an Internet of Things (IoT)-based single-chip module which is touted as the smallest developed to date.Unveiled on Tuesday, the Austin, Texas-based firm said the i.MX 6Dual single chip module (SCM) has been designed to cater for the Internet of Things (IoT) industry and devices. As the fledgling industry evolves, connected devices require ever more processing power packed into even smaller spaces — creating a fresh revenue stream for companies investing in the trend.
We attended two conferences in Silicon Valley — J.P. Morgan’s Cloud and Beyond conference and a separate Internet of Things conference organized by The Linley Group that focused on hardware design– both chip and system design — for Internet of Things applications.