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IoT Security Foundation set up to ensure safety of smart devices
15.10.2015 - 22:21

The IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) has been set up to ensure that smart devices are safe to use and to encourage firms developing smart gadgets to focus on security. The launch, backed by companies like, BT, Intel and Vodafone, followed an eight month consultation and development process driven by NMI. According to NMI’s John Moor, sec...



Renesas launches IoT, embedded apps development environment
15.10.2015 - 22:18

In a move intended to speed time to market for IoT and other embedded applications, Renesas has launched the Synergy platform, making available what the company calls ‘professional software’, as well as a range of MCUs, tools and other solutions. Tim Burgess, senior director, multimarket solutions, said: “Our customers spend...



Scalable MCUs optimised for software development, says Renesas
15.10.2015 - 22:15

Renesas has provided more details of the MCUs available in its Synergy platform. The S7G2 and S3A7 are said to be the first scalable MCUs to be optimised for software development. MCUs from the S7G2 group feature a 240MHz ARM Cortex-M4 CPU core and 4Mbyte of flash, enough to accommodate the software needs of HMI applications today and in the ...



MCU features multimode radio, targeted at home applications
15.10.2015 - 22:12

Freescale has launched the Kinetis KW41Z, said to be the first multimode radio MCU to support concurrent operation of IEEE802.15.4 Thread and Bluetooth Smart/BLE while hosting associated applications.  The KW41Z features up to 512k of flash and 128k of RAM, allowing multiple networking stacks to run on one device. It also supports Blueto...



Sensor platform has 12 degrees of freedom, Bluetooth connectivity
15.10.2015 - 22:10

Dialog Semiconductor has collaborated with Bosch Sensortec to create the world’s lowest power 12 degree of freedom smart sensor reference platform for gesture recognition. Applications are said to include wearable computing devices, immersive gaming, augmented reality and 3D indoor mapping and navigation. The platform combines Dialog&rs...



Free Weightless-N IoT development kit launched
15.10.2015 - 22:06

The Weightless SIG has announced the launch of a complete Weightless-N development environment for low power wide area network connectivity in IoT projects. Weightless technologies offer open standard access to IoT connectivity IP with substantive competitive advantage over alternative proprietary LPWAN technologies. The development kits incl...



Low cost of money fuelling ‘M&A frenzy’, but will there be a longer term cost?
15.10.2015 - 21:57

So far this year, semiconductor companies have spent around $85billion on acquiring other companies, something which Wally Rhines – Mentor Graphics’ chairman and CEO – notes is ‘dramatically more than in previous years’. Included in the $85bn are three record breaking deals: Intel’s acquisition of Altera; N...



Qualcomm demos server technology, including SoC with 24 ARM v8 cores
11.10.2015 - 23:46

Qualcomm Technologies has demonstrated a Server Development Platform (SDP), which the company says is sampling to Tier 1 data centres. The system includes a pre production version of 24 core SoC based on the ARMv8-A instruction set. “The release of our evaluation system is a major milestone for Qualcomm Technologies. As data centres evo...



£11m programme to research autonomous vehicles announced
11.10.2015 - 23:44

An £11million research programme to develop fully autonomous cars, ‘Towards Autonomy - Smart and Connected Control’, is being jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The research, which will take place at ten UK universities and the Transport Research Labo...



One step closer to quantum computing
11.10.2015 - 23:41

A team of Australian engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in Sydney, has taken the first step towards making quantum computers a reality by building a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time. “What we have is a game changer,” said team leader Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and director of the Australi...



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