Microchip Takes LoRa and Motion Detection by Storm
One of the biggest challenges in IoT communications is distance. In this week’s Fish Fry, we examine a new communications technology called LoRa. Tyler Smith (Microchip Technology) is here to tell us how it can be used, where it is best suited for implementation, and how LoRa could change the future of IoT communications. Also this week, we look into the details of a new motion detection module that packs a big ol’ punch by combining a powerful motion co-processor with 9-axis sensors (including an accelerometer, a magnetometer, and a gyroscope) all in an itty-bitty package. Read More
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Rumors abound today that Intel is in negotiations to buy Altera - a deal that could be worth over ten billion. If so, it would be the largest acquisition in Intel's history. We have no confirmation from either company that such a deal is in play, but we did a pretty thorough analysis of the situation last June in this article: http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20140624-intel/ What do you think? (27-Mar)
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Akustica has revamped their microphone designs, announcing two new devices. (26-Mar)
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Where is Synopsys focused with its advanced lithography efforts? (24-Mar)
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XMOS has launched two new families of the xCORE processor, one for the IoT and the other for audio. (23-Mar)
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There’s some hassle involved in deploying indoor small cells; Microsemi is trying to simplify the situation. (19-Mar)
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