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Lattice Semiconductor Closes Acquisition of Silicon Image
- Forms Global Leader in Smart Connectivity Solutions - Company Provides Results of Tender Offer HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 10, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC), a leading provider of programmable connectivity solutions, today announced the close of its acquisition of Silicon Image, Inc., a leading provider of wired and wireless connectivity solutions, and the results of the related tender offer. For the first time in the semiconductor industry, a single company now combines the design flexibility and time to market benefits of FPGAs, with the highly integrated, function and cost opti...

Lattice Semiconductor Announces Expiration of HSR Waiting Period for Proposed Acquisition of Silicon Image
HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 2, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC), a leading provider of programmable connectivity solutions, today made the following announcements related to its proposed acquisition of Silicon Image (NASDAQ:SIMG). As previously announced, Lattice Semiconductor has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Silicon Image, and commenced a tender offer on February 9, 2015 for all outstanding shares of Silicon Image for $7.30 per share in cash. The waiting period for U.S. antitrust review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Acts of 1976, as amend...

xPico Wi-Fi @ Embedded World: Making IoT a Reality!

Embedded World Booth panoramic

Two years ago, Lantronix launched the first in the xPico product family at Embedded World, introducing the market to the most flexible, mobile ready Wi-Fi solution for IoT and M2M applications — all in an incredibly tiny footprint.

Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi compact form factor

Couple that with a greatly increased brand presence and pre/post show marketing, and customers and competitors alike are commenting that Lantronix is back, in a big way.

Flash forward two years and the xPico Wi-Fi is driving end-user applications and is in-market, helping make IoT a reality.

Today, in real time, we’re blogging from the show floor — and the excitement around xPico Wi-Fi, PremierWave and Lantronix in general is palpable. Visitors, partners, customers and the media have been able to watch the progression from idea to real world application.

The ZANO drone (powered by xPico Wi-Fi, and co-marketed by Lantronix) showcases our technology solutions in a finished product that has relevance across dozens of industries and government — from serious business applications to just plain cool consumer products. Speaking of cool, the ZANO drone is facing tough competition from the PremierWave-powered robot (could there be a “Lantronix robot wars” in the making?)

Demo of Torguing’s Zano Drone using Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi module  Demo of robot using Lantronix Premierwave EN Wi-Fi module

With thousands of design engineers milling about, we’ve been going a little deeper with demonstrations of how customers can rapidly provision (on the factory floor), integrate with the cloud and handheld devices, and deploy into market.

xPico Wi-Fi module demonstration  xPico Wi-Fi module demonstration

Lantronix IoT / M2M product showcase  Lantronix IoT / M2M product showcase

Embedded World continues to be a solid venue for building brand awareness throughout Europe, driving leads and customer meetings, and deepening relationships with strategic partners, media and analysts.   And keep your eyes peeled — with local (Lantronix) and media camera crews on site, we’ll be posting videos of the event on our YouTube channel and website shortly.

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Two years ago, Lantronix launched the first in the xPico product family at Embedded World, introducing the market to the most flexible, mobile ready Wi-Fi solution for IoT and M2M applications — all in an incredibly tiny footprint. Couple that with a greatly increased brand presence and pre/post show marketing, and customers and competitors alike […]

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Lattice Semiconductor Expedites & Simplifies USB Type-C Implementation in Consumer and Industrial Devices
NEWS RELEASE For Further Information: Ellie O’Rourke Mobility Public Relations 425-233-2092 latticesemi@mobilitypr.com Lattice Semiconductor Expedites & Simplifies USB Type-C Implementation in Consumer and Industrial Devices Three new, proven, low power, online solutions unlock the power of USB Type-C and reduce development time/risk Click to Tweet Low power, USB Type-C charger & device reference designs announced Enables consumer and industrial users to benefit from USB Type-C’s 100W power, 20Gbps bandwidth, reversibility and flexibility Cable Detect (CD) and Power Delivery (PD) functionality delivered Speeds development time, r...

Lattice Semiconductor Enables Faster IEC61508 Certification
NEWS RELEASE For Further Information: Ellie O’Rourke Mobility Public Relations 425.233.2092 latticesemi@mobilitypr.com Lattice Semiconductor Enables Faster IEC61508 Certification with FPGA Functional Safety Design Flow TÜV Rheinland-certified design flow adheres to latest safety design methodology for safety-critical industrial, medical and automotive applications Click to Tweet Speed IEC61508 Certification for safety-critical applications FPGA Functional Safety Design Flow certified by TÜV Rheinland Adhere to latest safety design methodology, save time, reduce costs Supports MachXO, MachXO2, LatticeECP3 & other Lattice FPGA families ...

Lattice Semiconductor Demonstrates Ccomprehensive Industrial Interface Solutions at Embedded World 2015
Enabling power efficient, cost optimized, small footprint solutions     HILLSBORO, OR - February 16, 2015 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC), the leader in ultra-low power, small form factor, customizable solutions, today announced that it will be unveiling new programmable industrial automation solutions focused on vision, video and display and real-world industrial bridging and interface solutions.   Embedded World runs February 24-26, at the Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg (Nürnberg Messe), Germany. Lattice is exhibiting on booth 4A 424 featuring a variety of solutions enabled by Lattice ECP5™,MachXO3L™ and iCE40™ devices.   ...

xPico Wi-Fi Featured in EE Journal’s Fish Fry Podcast

Fry that fish!

Sizzle, sizzle… Fry that fish!

Well, not exactly. I’m actually not talking about this…

 

I’m talking about this…

Fish Fry podcast, hosted by EE Journal

This week, our Senior Product Line Manager Keith Chu appeared on the popular Fish Fry podcast, hosted by EE Journal. Keith talked about how our xPico Wi-Fi module was used in the ZANO drone – and the many design challenges overcome. He also discussed other applications that are ideally suited for xPico Wi-Fi.

Take a listen here: http://bit.ly/1DmLOFs

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Sizzle, sizzle… Fry that fish! Well, not exactly. I’m actually not talking about this…   I’m talking about this… This week, our Senior Product Line Manager Keith Chu appeared on the popular Fish Fry podcast, hosted by EE Journal. Keith talked about how our xPico Wi-Fi module was used in the ZANO drone – and […]

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Lattice Semiconductor and Helion Demonstrate New FPGA-Based Camera Design Solutions at SPIE Photonics West 2015
Companies Show How to Accelerate Development of Advanced Camera Designs With Low-Cost, Low-Density FPGAs HILLSBORO, OR - February 9, 2015- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) the leader in low power, small form factor, customizable solutions, and Helion GmbH today announced they will demonstrate several new FPGA-based camera design solutions at the upcoming SPIE Photonics West show, February 10-12, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on booth 5517. Show attendees can see first-hand how the world's smallest, lowest-cost-per I/O programmable devices are enabling new HD quality camera solutions for Industrial and Automotive markets. Lattice and Helion will showcase ...

Lattice Semiconductor Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results
Financial Highlights: Revenue of $83.6 million, a decrease of 3.4% from $86.6 million in 3Q14 and a decrease of 6.6% from $89.5 million in 4Q13. Net income of $0.13 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.08 per basic and diluted share in 3Q14 and net income of $0.06 per basic and diluted share in 4Q13. Gross margin of 55.3%, compared to 58.7% in 3Q14 and 54.3% in 4Q13. Fiscal year 2014 revenue of $366.1 million, an increase of 10.1% from $332.5 million in the fiscal year 2013. Fiscal year 2014 net income of $0.40 p...

Lattice Semiconductor’s New iCE40 UltraLite Device Enables OEMs to Accelerate Time-to-Market of Feature-Rich Mobile Devices
NEWS RELEASE For Further Information: Ellie O'Rourke Mobility Public Relations 425.233.2092 latticesemi@mobilitypr.com Lattice Semiconductor's New iCE40 UltraLite Device Enables OEMs to Accelerate Time-to-Market of Feature-Rich Mobile Devices iCE40 UltraLite FPGA is the industry's smallest and lowest power programmable solution for consumer mobile and industrial hand-held devices Click to Tweet • iCE40 UltraLite devices require 30 percent less power than their closest competitor, which is critical for power-sensitive consumer mobile and industrial hand-held applications. • iCE40 UltraLite devices are the world's smallest FPGAs at 1.4 mm x 1.4 mm a...

Lattice Semiconductor’s Programmable iCE Families Exceed 250 Million Units Shipped
Demand for iCE series FPGAs continues to accelerate as manufacturers integrate them into more mobile devices Click to Tweet HILLSBORO, OR - February 2, 2015 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) the leader in low power, small form factor, customizable solutions, today announced that shipments of its iCE devices have reached the 250 million mark since their launch approximately three years ago. The iCE series has proved extremely popular in the growing mobile device markets, particularly for consumer applications, because it simplifies design, reduces costs and accelerates the creation of innovative features. The small size of the iCE series combined with its low powe...

xPico Wi-Fi Helped ZANO Drone Soar at CES!

In my blog post from December, I touched upon our new partnership with Torquing Group for an exciting new nano drone dubbed ZANO. With our xPico Wi-Fi module embedded inside, ZANO is able to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know exactly where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times.

At 2015 CES in Las Vegas, Lantronix and Torquing put ZANO on the map. As the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on consumer technology, CES year in and year out displays the next generation of exciting technology. This year it was ZANO’s turn to shine! The tiny drone garnered a massive amount of attention – from a multitude of media that received an up close and personal look at ZANO with xPico Wi-Fi inside.

The result of all this attention? Nearly 400,000,000 impressions in publications ranging from Mashable to USA Today to Popular Science!

ZANO on display at Digital Experience

ZANO on display at the media event Digital Experience on the eve of CES

Zano/xPico Wi-Fi Coverage during CES

Just a small sampling of the coverage that ZANO/xPico Wi-Fi garnered during CES

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In my blog post from December, I touched upon our new partnership with Torquing Group for an exciting new nano drone dubbed ZANO. With our xPico Wi-Fi module embedded inside, ZANO is able to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know exactly where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times. At […]

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Lattice Semiconductor to Acquire Silicon Image for Approximately $600 Million
Combination Creates Global Leader in Wired and Wireless Connectivity Solutions Expands Addressable Opportunities in Consumer, Industrial and Communications Markets Identified Synergies of $32 Million; Expected to be Immediately Accretive to EPS on Non-GAAP Basis HILLSBORO, Ore. & SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 27, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC), a leading provider of programmable connectivity solutions, and Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG), a leading provider of wired and wireless connectivity solutions, today announced that they hav...

Konica Minolta Taps xPrintServer to Enable Easy Mobile Printing

Going mobile can be advantageous for the business user – and there’s no reason why that can’t extend to printing! We’re pleased to announce that Konica Minolta has added our xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition to its EnvisionIT portfolio to help users improve business productivity. With xPrintServer, Konica Minolta customers can now wirelessly and securely print documents from their Android and Google Cloud Print-ready devices to any Konica Minolta bizhub MFP without installing special software or apps. It really is that simple!

Konica MinoltaAdded Kevin Kern, senior VP of Marketing at Konica Minolta Business Solutions, “With businesses embracing BYOD, it’s imperative that users have access to mobile printing directly from the devices they use the most. Solutions such as the xPrintServer are designed to support the needs of today’s mobile users without sacrificing data security, ensuring that confidential information is protected.”

We couldn’t agree more. For additional details, see the article on Marketwired: “Konica Minolta Grows Mobile Print Solutions With Lantronix xPrintServer“.

xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition

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Going mobile can be advantageous for the business user – and there’s no reason why that can’t extend to printing! We’re pleased to announce that Konica Minolta has added our xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition to its EnvisionIT portfolio to help users improve business productivity. With xPrintServer, Konica Minolta customers can now wirelessly and securely […]

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The ZANO Drone and xPico Wi-Fi: Taking “Selfies” to a New Height!

You may not have seen them yet, but if you look closely, drones are here. They’re everywhere. And it’s just the beginning. While the military has been using drones since the 1970s, it was arguably Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ December 2013 announcement of his company’s plan to offer 30 minute product deliveries via drones that brought them to the mainstream. Whether or not such a delivery service pans out is less important than the buzz (no pun intended) it created – as a kickstart for the drone industry.

Amazon’s PrimeAir delivery drone

Amazon’s PrimeAir delivery drone

xPico Wi-Fi / Zano Drone Teaser Video

Watch the Zano Drone Teaser Video

Speaking of kickstart, one of our newest customers – the Torquing Group – has incorporated our xPico Wi-Fi into its latest upcoming product launch: The ZANO drone. This new autonomous, intelligent, swarming nano drone takes selfies to a new height – enabling consumers to capture HD photos and video – all in a handheld form factor.

Product delivery and selfies aren’t the only reason to get excited about drones. The Airforce has been promoting its latest Bugbot Nano drone – one in a line of insect drones being explored by military and private sector companies alike.

As a provider of smart IoT solutions for the medical industry (among other verticals), we’re even more excited about the use of drones to save lives. In October of 2014, the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology announced that graduate student Alec Momont had developed a prototype drone that delivers a defibrillator to a heart attack victim. To address the reality that the victim’s chance of survival decreases dramatically with each passing minute, this “ambulance drone” is guided by GPS to a mobile phone location within 4.6 square miles in under a minute. Once there, the drone uses live streaming audio and video to allow emergency personnel to provide instructions on how to use the defibrillator correctly, and transmit the patient’s vital signs. With more than 600,000 deaths in the U.S. alone from heart disease, medical emergency drones would be a welcome solution.

Example of an ambulance drone delivering a defibrillator to a patient in need of urgent care.

Example of an ambulance drone delivering a defibrillator to a patient in need of urgent care. (Image Credit: Alec Momont and Delft University of Technology)

If you’re heading to CES 2015 in Las Vegas next month, be sure to check us out – we’ll be partnering with Torquing Group to unveil the ZANO drone – a perfect example of how Lantronix’ smart connectivity and mobility solutions are enabling the Internet of Things.

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You may not have seen them yet, but if you look closely, drones are here. They’re everywhere. And it’s just the beginning. While the military has been using drones since the 1970s, it was arguably Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ December 2013 announcement of his company’s plan to offer 30 minute product deliveries via drones that brought […]

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xPrintServer Featured on ‘Today in iOS’ Podcast

xPrintServer Home Edition

xPrintServer recently hit the airwaves as the popular “Today in iOS” covered it in their weekly podcast. With more than 150,000 unique monthly visitors and about 30,000 unique downloads per episode, Today in iOS discusses a variety of topics related to iPhones and iPads.

The host raved about the simplicity of xPrintServer – he set it up in no time at all and said it was really a pleasure to use. The segment begins at the 46:08 mark – click here to listen: http://bit.ly/1z3jFPZ

Today in iOS

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xPrintServer recently hit the airwaves as the popular “Today in iOS” covered it in their weekly podcast. With more than 150,000 unique monthly visitors and about 30,000 unique downloads per episode, Today in iOS discusses a variety of topics related to iPhones and iPads. The host raved about the simplicity of xPrintServer – he set […]

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World’s Deepest Underwater Observatory Relies on SLB

Case Study in Baseline Magazine

Earlier this year we blogged about how our Secure Lantronix Branch (SLB) Office Manager was being used at Aloha Cabled Observatory (ACO) – the world’s deepest observatory at 3 miles below the sea surface – to securely manage remote servers and IT infrastructure equipment.

Baseline Logo

Well, Baseline Magazine thought the use case was so cool that they’ve written a great case study about it! “SLB allows the observatory to transmit data over a local network that includes fiber-optic cable, repeaters on the sea floor, computer modules that handle some processing under the surface of the sea, and addressable switches that control the traffic and process optical signals so they can travel over fiber-optic cable effectively.”

Check out the full article here: Baseline: Observatory Relies on Advanced Remote Monitoring.

ACO Ocean Camera

Photo courtesy of Aloha Cabled Observatory: The ACO camera takes live footage from the bottom of the ocean.

 

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Case Study in Baseline Magazine Earlier this year we blogged about how our Secure Lantronix Branch (SLB) Office Manager was being used at Aloha Cabled Observatory (ACO) – the world’s deepest observatory at 3 miles below the sea surface – to securely manage remote servers and IT infrastructure equipment. Well, Baseline Magazine thought the use […]

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#BeOurPal – September Photo Contest Winner!

We’re pleased to announce the first winner of the Print and Learn (PAL) program’s #BeOurPal Photo Contest – high school Spanish Teacher Elizabethe! She will receive a free xPrintServer Home Edition to help her be successful in a digital educational environment.

PAL-September-WinnerHer photo was randomly selected for the month of September and showcased a great use of technology in learning; she uses technology to create PowerPoint lessons for her Spanish students. Elizabethe says she will now use the xPrintServer Home Edition to print out educational Spanish games and worksheets that she finds on her iPad.

The PAL program helps to close the loop on the missing link for students and teachers who need to print from their mobile devices. Whether you’re in K-12 or higher education, the digital classroom is everywhere – so why not share how technology is in your educational day?

The #BeOurPAL photo contest invites parents, students and educators to submit a photo using technology in learning. The contest will select a monthly winner until June 2015 – so submit your photos now for a chance to be our next winner.

Photo ideas include:

  • Using an app to translate a language
  • Teaching a little one their shapes on a tablet or computer
  • Printing a world map to learn about geography
  • Using a mobile device in your classroom
  • Having your students research in the computer lab
  • Discovering a new art medium using the internet
  • Tutoring at home with a mobile device
  • Using technology to learn absolutely anything – be creative!

With two ways to enter, it’s easy.

  1. Use PAL’s Facebook Page entry form to submit a photo. Use the hash tag #BeOurPal and describe how technology is being used to learn in the photo you submit.
  2. Tweet your photo using the hash tag #BeOurPal and describe how technology is being used to learn in the photo you submit.

We look forward to seeing how you use technology to teach or learn – and don’t forget, if you can’t wait to win an xPrintServer, just use the PAL program 20% discount (using code: PAL20).

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We’re pleased to announce the first winner of the Print and Learn (PAL) program’s #BeOurPal Photo Contest – high school Spanish Teacher Elizabethe! She will receive a free xPrintServer Home Edition to help her be successful in a digital educational environment. Her photo was randomly selected for the month of September and showcased a great […]

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The Industry’s First Modular Console Manager Is Here!

This week at Interop, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the SLC™ 8000 advanced modular console manager. The newest addition to our IT infrastructure management solutions, the Lantronix SLC 8000 provides secure in-band and out-of-band management that allows IT personnel of any size enterprise to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment.

SLC 8000

The end result? Reduced downtime and increased response efficiency so that IT incidents are resolved quickly and with minimal or no network disruption.

Its modular design makes the SLC 8000 the first of its kind, allowing users to simply add or swap modules to expand device port density and power supply, or introduce new interfaces such as USB.

To showcase all the cool features of the new SLC 8000, we have been providing live demonstrations at leading IT trade shows, starting with InterOp 2014 (NYC).

Lantronix live demo of the SLC 8000

Lantronix live demo of the SLC 8000

To support the product launch, we also recently shot a brief video of the product in its own words. Check it out:

http://youtu.be/NGjO6SJcRlo

For more about our full line of IT infrastructure management solutions: http://www.lantronix.com/it-management/

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This week at Interop, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the SLC™ 8000 advanced modular console manager. The newest addition to our IT infrastructure management solutions, the Lantronix SLC 8000 provides secure in-band and out-of-band management that allows IT personnel of any size enterprise to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment. The end […]

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SLB and SLC Come to Life!

Ever wonder what would happen if our products came to life? Wonder no more! In a recent video shoot, both our SLB and SLC IT infrastructure management solutions get a voice so they can talk about their features and the many benefits they bring to the IT administrators who use them.

SLC: “With me doing the work virtually, you don’t have to call in the B team to go on site and compromise security … See my USB ports? Yup, got that, and I can upgrade your power supply too!”

SLB: “I’m your partner to monitor, manage and troubleshoot IT equipment. And best of all, we can do this from your server room. I do the traveling for you and you get all the glory!”

It’s a brave new world of IT products with personalities! We’ll be sure to share the final videos when ready – stay tuned.

Lantronix SLC/SLB Video Shoot - Image 1  Lantronix SLC/SLB Video Shoot - Image 2 

Lantronix SLC/SLB Video Shoot - Image 3

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Ever wonder what would happen if our products came to life? Wonder no more! In a recent video shoot, both our SLB and SLC IT infrastructure management solutions get a voice so they can talk about their features and the many benefits they bring to the IT administrators who use them. SLC: “With me doing […]

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Head impact monitor tracks hits to avert risk of long-term brain damage in contact sports by logging cumulative impacts


 

Employing Bluetooth Smart wireless technology from Nordic Semiconductor, the Smart Impact Monitor (SIM™) from U.S. based Triax Technologies is a small wireless sensor that can be embedded into a headband or skullcap (for use in helmeted sports) to continuously monitor for, and accurately measure and record impacts to, the head using the G-force scale



Dual protocol heart-rate monitor supports ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart wireless technologies and is designed to be worn on the arm instead of chest


Nordic Semiconductor today announces that U.S. developer Scosche is employing Nordic nRF51422 Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) to provide both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart (formerly known as Bluetooth low energy) wireless comms to smartphones, sports watches, bike computers, and gym equipment in the Scosche RHYTHM+ arm-band heart rate monitor.



BBC flagship Make it Digital initiative to give every year 7 child in UK a ‘Micro Bit’ programmable hardware device with a Nordic Bluetooth Smart wireless chip


Aiming to inspire a new generation with digital technology, the BBC Make it Digital initiative was launched in London last week and will include a million ‘Micro Bit’ programmable hardware devices each with a Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth Smart wireless chip, create up to 5,000 digital trainees, partner with around 50 organizations, and launch a season of dedicated BBC programs and online activity



Anti-snore wearable can stop people snoring in their sleep without waking them


Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Chinese wearable health technology startup, VVFly Electronics, is using Nordic nRF51822 Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) to provide Bluetooth® Smart (formerly known as Bluetooth low energy) wireless communications with smartphones in what VVFly claims is the world’s first ear-worn snore detection and prevention device.



The Logitech Ultrathin for iPad Air 2 employs Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth Smart wireless technology


One of the first wireless keyboards to employ Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, the Logitech Ultrathin magnetically clips on to the iPad Air 2 to function as both a screen cover and wireless keyboard.



Game-changing wireless basketball shot tracker helps elevate player's game towards pro standard, and it’s affordable too


The $149.99 ShotTracker from U.S. startup of the same name employs Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 SoCs to provide Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity to smartphones and tablets, while using the nRF51822’s on-board ARM Cortex microprocessor and 256kB of Flash memory to help run on-the-spot, patent-pending motion-recognition algorithms used to measure and analyze shooting skills



Nordic Semiconductor demonstrates IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart and hosts World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen at MWC


Nordic unveils its IPv6-ready nRF51 IoT Software Development Kit in Europe and showcases design partners' Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ product demonstrations. And chess fans get the chance to take on the world's best player



Bluetooth Smart presence-detecting power plugs allow users to automatically control lights and home appliances in their homes


Configurable from any Bluetooth Smart Ready iOS smartphone, Zuli Smartplugs from U.S. startup Zuli allow anyone to control, monitor, and automate lights and appliances, according to user location and preferences



Bluetooth Smart mesh network lighting platform claims to be 5x faster than competing solutions by combining Bluetooth Smart and proprietary 2.4GHz


Developed by Finnish lighting specialist, Casambi, this award-winning third-party platform based on the dual-protocol Nordic nRF51822 SoC is designed to bring smart lighting to mainstream consumers by making it easy to install, simple to use, and affordable, and can be integrated directly into LED smart bulbs and drivers, as well as lighting fixtures



Nordic Semiconductor demonstrates IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart and hosts design partners’ innovative wireless products at International CES 2015


Nordic’s unveils its nRF51 IoT Software Development Kit at the world’s leading consumer electronics event. Design partners’ Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ product demonstrations include fitness monitor, beacon, hearing aid, and robot toy



Nordic Semiconductor IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart protocol stack for nRF51 Series SoCs enables small, low cost, ultra-low power Internet of Things applications


 

Now available for download, the nRF51 IoT Software Development Kit (SDK) is a complete IPv6-ready Internet Protocol Suite for Nordic's market-leading nRF51 Series Bluetooth Smart SoCs. The SDK enables native and interoperable IP-based connectivity between a Bluetooth Smart 'thing' and a cloud service. It also enables Bluetooth Smart to be used in large, distributed, cloud-connected, heterogeneous networks such as home, industrial, and enterprise automation



Nordic Semiconductor extends operating temperature range of its nRF51 Series Bluetooth Smart SoCs to target industrial applications


The multiple award-winning nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart SoC is now qualified to the full -40 to +85°C industry-standard industrial temperature range



Mesh networking platform uses Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 SoCs to target Internet of Things applications


Developed by Finnish university spinoff, Wirepas, in conjunction with Nordic Semiconductor, the solution is said to offer a low total cost and marries a mesh networking protocol stack from Wirepas to Nordic's multiple award-winning nRF51822 SoC hardware



Nordic Semiconductor signs China distribution agreement with leading supplier Honestar Technologies


Partnership will aid Nordic’s expansion strategy in burgeoning China market and support dramatic growth of Bluetooth Smart in emerging technologies such as the smart home, beacons, and the Internet of Things



New IoT and Bluetooth Smart product launch - Invitation


Nordic Semiconductor takes the Internet of Things - with its nRF51 Bluetooth Smart, to the next level for power, size and cost constrained IoT applications



Nordic Semiconductor named as 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree


Nordic’s nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart and 2.4GHz proprietary multiprotocol SoC with S110 SoftDevice v7.0 shortlisted for prestigious award recognizing innovative design and engineering



Single board, Arduino Uno shield-compatible dev kit from Nordic Semiconductor supports Bluetooth Smart, ANT, and 2.4GHz designs


The low-cost nRF51 DK development kit comes in Arduino Uno shield-compatible single-board form factor––supporting a broad range of third-party Arduino shield expansion boards––and provides maximum flexibility for product development with all key ULP wireless technologies. The kit also supports ARM mbed for rapid prototyping and development



Nordic Semiconductor refreshes its nRF51 Series Bluetooth Smart/ANT multiprotocol SoCs with more RAM and ultra-compact packaging options


Enhanced nRF51 Series SoCs feature RAM doubled to 32kB for improved application performance and ultra-compact packaging for smaller wearable designs



SMK improves battery life and accelerates response of ‘voice’ capable remote control using Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth Smart technology


 

Introduced by leading Japanese IT developer, SMK, ‘SSR-RF11B’ remote control for home entertainment product features ‘voice’ Internet search capability, and advanced navigation functions with motion sensors powered by Bluetooth Smart wireless technology



Intelligent hob automates and optimizes routine cooking processes such as boiling, steaming, and grilling using Nordic Semiconductor wireless technology


The 'IQcook' induction hob can communicate wirelessly with partner pot and pan lids that employ embedded sensors to allow cooking temperatures to be continuously monitored, optimized, and automated via pre-set cooking profiles


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A green machine on the racing sceneA green machine on the racing scene

2015's Top Ten Tech Cars: Rolls-Royce Wraith


Satellite to Earth: Downshift a bitSatellite to Earth: Downshift a bit

Silicon Telluride Could Be the Next Big Thing in 2-D Materials


After falling into obsurity, silicon telluride could be the 2-D material with the best chance in electronicsAfter falling into obsurity, silicon telluride could be the 2-D material with the best chance in electronics

Meet Budii, Rinspeed's Cuddly, Collaborative Robocar Concept


And yes, it does use its robotic arm to rewind a fine Swiss watchAnd yes, it does use its robotic arm to rewind a fine Swiss watch

Video Friday: Chameleon Gripper, Swarmie Robots, and Superman With GoPro


If sticky tongues aren't your thing, we've got lots more robot videos for youIf sticky tongues aren't your thing, we've got lots more robot videos for you

2015's Top Ten Tech Cars: BMW i8


Rich in carbon, not in carbon emissionsRich in carbon, not in carbon emissions

Behind the Scenes at the Nanosys Quantum Dot Factory in Silicon Valley


The place looks like standard Silicon Valley office space, but it can make enough of the glowing semiconductors each year to light 6 million TVsThe place looks like standard Silicon Valley office space, but it can make enough of the glowing semiconductors each year to light 6 million TVs

Festo's Fantastical Insectoid Robots Include Bionic Ants and Butterflies


The German automation giant unleashes a swarm of new robotic insectsThe German automation giant unleashes a swarm of new robotic insects

ESA Tests Satellite-Snagging Nets for Orbital Trash Removal


Test launching tiny nets in microgravity is helping the ESA developing an anti-orbital debris demonstration missionTest launching tiny nets in microgravity is helping the ESA developing an anti-orbital debris demonstration mission

"Robogerms" Spawned by Combo of Graphene and Bacterial Spores


Combining graphene with a living organism creates a robust humidity sensorCombining graphene with a living organism creates a robust humidity sensor

Electromagnetic Arc Generator Could Protect Against Shockwaves with Plasma


Boeing files a patent for a system that combines lasers, microwaves, lightning, projectiles, magnetic fields, and plasma to defend vehicles from shockwavesBoeing files a patent for a system that combines lasers, microwaves, lightning, projectiles, magnetic fields, and plasma to defend vehicles from shockwaves

How to Turn Your iPhone Into a Water Leak Detector


Pair the Nanospark with an iPhone to create a smart microcontrollerPair the Nanospark with an iPhone to create a smart microcontroller

Graphene Supercharges 3-D Hybrid Supercapacitor


New supercapacitor combines graphene with traditional battery materialNew supercapacitor combines graphene with traditional battery material

March Madness at Stanford: Robots Shoot and Dunk


The winning robot sunk 18 three-pointers. Not bad for just being 22 days oldThe winning robot sunk 18 three-pointers. Not bad for just being 22 days old

Today Big Brother Watches Truckers, Tomorrow He'll Watch You


In-cab surveillance cameras are putting drivers inside the corporate panopticonIn-cab surveillance cameras are putting drivers inside the corporate panopticon

Iceland's Giant Genome Project Points to Future of Medicine


The largest set of sequenced human genomes in a single population reveals new insights about human evolution and diseaseThe largest set of sequenced human genomes in a single population reveals new insights about human evolution and disease

1964 Ad Flashback: When Analog Computers Walked the Earth


To solve engineering problems, the go-to machine used to be analog, not digitalTo solve engineering problems, the go-to machine used to be analog, not digital

Path to Better OLEDs, Organic Solar Cells Found


Orienting the structure of organic glasses could enhance organic solar cells and OLEDsOrienting the structure of organic glasses could enhance organic solar cells and OLEDs

Ollie the Baby Otter Is a Therapy Robot That's Actually Affordable


This MIT project developed a cuddly therapy robot that could sell for just $500This MIT project developed a cuddly therapy robot that could sell for just $500

The Carry-on Clock: Atomic Time You Can Take With You


Temporal precision in a boxTemporal precision in a box

Starbucks, Ikea Enter the Wireless Charging Fray


With Starbucks and Ikea choosing sides, this standards battle is heating upWith Starbucks and Ikea choosing sides, this standards battle is heating up

Perovskites for "Tandem" Solar Cells


"Tandem" photovoltaics that may give a boost to traditional silicon solar cells"Tandem" photovoltaics that may give a boost to traditional silicon solar cells

For First Time, Researchers Demonstrate Heat and Sound Are Magnetic


A magnet can reduce the amount of heat flowing through a semiconductor by 12 percentA magnet can reduce the amount of heat flowing through a semiconductor by 12 percent

Controlling Qubits in Silicon at Picosecond Speeds


Superfast control of cubits makes silicon a more likely contender of future quantum computersSuperfast control of cubits makes silicon a more likely contender of future quantum computers

New TurtleBot Tutorials Make Robotics and ROS More Accessible Than Ever


Follow this guide to learn ROS—and program a robot to bring you coffeeFollow this guide to learn ROS—and program a robot to bring you coffee

You in Your Internet of Things


Should privacy and security measures be built into devices before they reach the market?Should privacy and security measures be built into devices before they reach the market?

Solid State Refrigerators


Elastocaloric materials can cool and heat when stress is applied and releasedElastocaloric materials can cool and heat when stress is applied and released

Three Schemes to Revolutionize Nuclear Power


The future of nuclear energy could lie with supersmall reactors and alternative technologiesThe future of nuclear energy could lie with supersmall reactors and alternative technologies

Scientists Want to Mine Sewage For Technologically Important Metals


Treated sewage can be a good source of copper, precious metals and rare-earth elementsTreated sewage can be a good source of copper, precious metals and rare-earth elements

New Commercial Buildings in France Must Get Green Roofs or Solar Panels


A new law in France will make eco-friendly features a requirement for commercial constructionA new law in France will make eco-friendly features a requirement for commercial construction

Light Emitting Fibers for Crazy Clothes


The fibers can be woven into textiles could be used in so-called smart fabrics.The fibers can be woven into textiles could be used in so-called smart fabrics.

Better Battery Anodes Made From Packing Peanuts


Roasting foam peanuts turns them into a material that stores lithium ions better than graphiteRoasting foam peanuts turns them into a material that stores lithium ions better than graphite

Tesla Model S: Summer Software Update Will Enable Autonomous Driving


It'll only work on highways, but you'll be able to drive from San Francisco to Seattle without touching the wheelIt'll only work on highways, but you'll be able to drive from San Francisco to Seattle without touching the wheel

First Prototype of a Working Tricorder Unveiled at SXSW


Consumers will test 10 prototypes in the next phase of the Tricorder XPrizeConsumers will test 10 prototypes in the next phase of the Tricorder XPrize

European Grid Operators 1, Solar Eclipse 0


Months of preparation paid off today for Europe's transmission system operators as their grids rode out a solar eclipse causing multi-gigawatt solar power swingsMonths of preparation paid off today for Europe's transmission system operators as their grids rode out a solar eclipse causing multi-gigawatt solar power swings

Tough Questions for ITER's New Director General, Bernard Bigot


Will the centralization and streamlining of ITER's Directorate solve its problems?Will the centralization and streamlining of ITER's Directorate solve its problems?

Video Friday: Sneaky Humanoid, ROS Hexapod, and Beautiful RoboRavens


A robot learns how to fool you, and more good things, all in Video FridayA robot learns how to fool you, and more good things, all in Video Friday

New Production Twist for Graphene Quantum Dots Opens Up Applications


Sorting technique of GQDs makes applications to optoelectronic devices more attractiveSorting technique of GQDs makes applications to optoelectronic devices more attractive

Three Technologies for Harvesting Ambient Energy


Consumer devices will run longer by pulling power from the environmentConsumer devices will run longer by pulling power from the environment

The Race to Build a Search Engine for Your DNA


Genome-search companies vie to be the Google of personalized medicineGenome-search companies vie to be the Google of personalized medicine

Detonation in Slow-Motion with Sanstreak's High-Speed Camera


All the fun of detailed high-definition explosions at a fraction of the costAll the fun of detailed high-definition explosions at a fraction of the cost

Net Neutrality Is Like a Delivery Truck Flowing Through a Pipe With Tollbooths


The many metaphors used to explain Net neutrality—and why they all stinkThe many metaphors used to explain Net neutrality—and why they all stink

Magnetized Graphene Could Lead to a Million-Fold Increase in Data Storage Capacity


Simple technique makes large-area magnetic graphene that is easily patternedSimple technique makes large-area magnetic graphene that is easily patterned

Moore’s Curse


There is a dark side to the revolution in electronics: unjustified technological expectationsThere is a dark side to the revolution in electronics: unjustified technological expectations

New Trick Promises Perovskite Solar Films For Windows and Walls


Ultra-thin perovksite layers could be used for photovoltaic wallpaper and windowsUltra-thin perovksite layers could be used for photovoltaic wallpaper and windows

Solar Power Generation Could Exceed California's Demand Up to 5 Times


Developed land could host solar powerDeveloped land could host solar power

NASA's LEAPTech X-plane Will Fly with 18 Electric Motors and Tiny Wings


With a double nonet of small electric motors, the LEAPTech X-plane increases efficiency by 60%With a double nonet of small electric motors, the LEAPTech X-plane increases efficiency by 60%

Sawyer: Rethink Robotics Unveils New Robot


It's smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise: meet Sawyer, Rethink Robotics' new manufacturing robotIt's smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise: meet Sawyer, Rethink Robotics' new manufacturing robot

Rand Paul Woos the Tech Crowd at SXSW Interactive


His online privacy stance may be a hit, but net neutrality could pose a problemHis online privacy stance may be a hit, but net neutrality could pose a problem

Your Inevitable Robocar Future


What will we call driving, when we no longer drive?What will we call driving, when we no longer drive?

Porous Crystal Supersuckers Capture Carbon


Porous crystals could scrub industrials fumes, clean the air in submarines, space stationPorous crystals could scrub industrials fumes, clean the air in submarines, space station

A Pumped Hydro Energy-Storage Renaissance


Storage plants built for nuclear power are being revamped for wind and solarStorage plants built for nuclear power are being revamped for wind and solar

Quadrotor With Wheels Can Drive Straight Up Walls


Infrastructure inspection is safer if your robot can fly when it falls off a wallInfrastructure inspection is safer if your robot can fly when it falls off a wall

Another Report Laments the Status of Carbon Nanotube Development


With CNT capacity shrinking due to lack of demand, a nanotechnology industry group offers a way forwardWith CNT capacity shrinking due to lack of demand, a nanotechnology industry group offers a way forward

Liquid 3-D Printing


The new 3-D printing technique can manufacture soft elastic materials, ceramics, and biological tissues in minutes instead of hoursThe new 3-D printing technique can manufacture soft elastic materials, ceramics, and biological tissues in minutes instead of hours

Why International Engineering and Science Students Stay or Go


A new survey reveals why international STEM students choose to stay in the U.S. or return homeA new survey reveals why international STEM students choose to stay in the U.S. or return home

Laser Bug Zapper Inches To Market


A joint venture announced last week plans to commercialize a pest-control system with roots in the old Star Wars missile defense systemA joint venture announced last week plans to commercialize a pest-control system with roots in the old Star Wars missile defense system

Self-Driving Car Aims for First Cross-U.S. Road Trip


A self-driving car outfitted with Delphi technologies readies for a 5600-kilometer road tripA self-driving car outfitted with Delphi technologies readies for a 5600-kilometer road trip

Spider Silk Smooths Path to Better Batteries


Chemically-treated spider silk improves supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteriesChemically-treated spider silk improves supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries

Universal Robots UR3 Arm Is Small and Nimble, Helps to Build Copies of Itself


One application this robot is already helping with: making more robotsOne application this robot is already helping with: making more robots

Japan Demoes Wireless Power Transmission for Space-Based Solar Farms


Sending kilowatts of power half a kilometer is just a start. Japan is planning orbiting solar farms in the 2030sSending kilowatts of power half a kilometer is just a start. Japan is planning orbiting solar farms in the 2030s

A Brain-Computer Interface That Lasts for Weeks


Flexible EEG sensor stays stuck to your through showers, swims, and sleepFlexible EEG sensor stays stuck to your through showers, swims, and sleep

ESA Rescues Errant Galileo Navigation Satellites


Thrusters nudged the satellites to a better, but still not ideal orbitThrusters nudged the satellites to a better, but still not ideal orbit

Mobileye and Valeo Join Forces to Perfect the Poor Man's Robocar


The one uses cheap cameras, the other is developing (fairly) cheap lidarThe one uses cheap cameras, the other is developing (fairly) cheap lidar

MIT's DragonBot Evolving to Better Teach Kids


With a new robot in the works called Tega, MIT's Personal Robots Group wants to get social robots out into the worldWith a new robot in the works called Tega, MIT's Personal Robots Group wants to get social robots out into the world

Tires Could Help Power Your Car


Goodyear wants to capture the wasted energy where the rubber meets the roadGoodyear wants to capture the wasted energy where the rubber meets the road

Instead of Dropping Bombs, Can Drones Locate Unexploded Ones?


Humanitarian groups in Laos may soon have help clearing munitions from the Vietnam WarHumanitarian groups in Laos may soon have help clearing munitions from the Vietnam War

Your Body Is a Race Car. McLaren Wants to Optimize Its Performance


Sensors and analytics developed for cars find use in elite athletics and medicineSensors and analytics developed for cars find use in elite athletics and medicine

Video Friday: Robots Push It to the Limit, Designing a Drone, and Zoomer Kitty


The best robot videos of the week are hereThe best robot videos of the week are here

Graphene Makes Copper Nanowires Useful for Flexible Displays


Coating copper nanowires with graphene lowers their resistance and and heat buildupCoating copper nanowires with graphene lowers their resistance and and heat buildup

For China's Alibaba, the Magic Word Is "Connected Car"


That makes it the second Chinese tech giant this week to hop on the smart-car bandwagonThat makes it the second Chinese tech giant this week to hop on the smart-car bandwagon

Disney Research System Predicts Soccer Goals


After analyzing more than 9000 goals, system concludes it's the quality of shots on goal, not the quantity, that countsAfter analyzing more than 9000 goals, system concludes it's the quality of shots on goal, not the quantity, that counts

Carbon Buckyballs Have a New Silicon Rival


Could silicon fullarenes eventually outperform buckyballs in molecular electronics?Could silicon fullarenes eventually outperform buckyballs in molecular electronics?

Compact, four-quadrant lock-in amplifier generates two analog outputs
Generate a pair of quadrature-phase digital signals.



Eight-function remote uses one button, no microcode
Simplify the operation of a remote control.



Doorbell transformer acts as simple water-leak detector
Doorbell transformer acts as a power supply.



Inverted regulator increases choice and reduces complexity
A simple approach for any high side overcurrent-protection circuit references the entire circuit to the high-side rail.



Debug a microcontroller-to-FPGA interface from the FPGA side
Monitor activity through a JTAG download cable.



Precision tilt/fall detector consumes less than 1.5 mW
Detect X-axis position and indicate it with an LED.



Reset an SOC only when power is ready
Use a comparator, an AND gate, and a capacitor to properly reset an SOC.



Circuit provides simpler power-supply-sequence testing
New circuit improves on an earlier power-sequence-testing idea.



Inexpensive power switch includes submicrosecond circuit breaker
Control power to a load and protect the power source.



Create a DAC from a microcontroller's ADC
Use a microcontroller's ADC in the feedback loop.



Inspect solar cells without a microscope
Use a short-wave infrared camera to capture the image of an entire wafer.



Solar-powered sensor controls traffic
A traffic-sensor post measures vehicle location and speed at an intersection, providing an accurate, effective, inexpensive approach to monitoring traffic flow



Self-oscillating H bridge lights white LED from one cell
Circuit operates on batteries as low as 0.6V.



Low-cost LCD-bias generator uses main microcontroller as control IC
Control a buck-boost switch-mode regulator with the same microcontroller that sends data to an LCD.



Negative-to-negative switch-mode converter offers high current and high efficiency
Don't let variations in input voltage affect the output voltage.



ADC for programmable logic uses one capacitor
Use a capacitor's charging and discharging time to sense a user input.



Use two phases to cut current and improve EMI
A two-phase SEPIC has lower output-capacitor current, which also improves reliability.



Fader switch uses inexpensive controller
Control the brightness of an LED or incandescent lamp.



Astable multivibrator gets hysteresis from positive-feedback stage
Add hysteresis through positive feedback.



Class B amplifier has automatic bias
Biased transistors minimize distortion.



Cable tester uses LEDs to find faults
Test as many as 16 wires with LEDs as continuity indicators.



Dual-coil relay driver uses only two MOSFETs
Differentially drive relays to minimize power consumption.



Unused port adds a PWM/analog channel to a microcontroller
Take advantage of unused pins to generate a PWM signal and then filter it into analog.



Capacitance meter uses PLL for high accuracy
An improvement on an old design lets you measure capacitors from 10 pF to 1 µF.



Resistor compensates for instrumentation-amp gain drift
Temperature makes instrumentation amp's gain drift; a resistor corrects it.