Xiaomi taps Keysight to accelerate 5G device validation

Xiaomi has selected Keysight’s 5G device test platform to validate its smartphones in accordance with 5G Release 16 specifications. The world’s third largest smartphone vendor measured by units shipped, Xiaomi chose Keysight 5G test cases to capture early revenue associated with 3GPP Release 16 opportunities. Keysight’s collaborations with major 5G modem platform vendors enable Xiaomi … Read more

Investigating a Volvo key fob: a knowledgeable reader shares his insights

It’s always been interesting to me to see which of my writeups particularly resonate with the readers (as measured by metrics such as online page views and the number of both posted public comments and private emails I receive in response), and to theorize why this might be the case. Unsurprisingly, for example, teardowns consistently … Read more

The AI-centric microcontrollers eye the new era of edge computing

Microcontrollers have dramatically evolved over the past years, and edge computing is at the heart of this MCU evolution. That’s what Ron Martino, executive VP and general manager of edge processing at NXP Semiconductors calls a new era of edge computing. “As we approach the milestone of 75 billion connected devices, we need to address … Read more

Why has Nordic Semi acquired an embedded memory supplier?

Memory has become an increasingly vital ingredient of the ultra-low-power Internet of Things (IoT) chip designs, and that’s apparent from Nordic Semiconductor’s acquisition of low-voltage embedded SRAM supplier Mobile Semiconductor. It’s a privately-held U.S. company specializing in embedded memory technology for microcontrollers and system-on-chips (SoCs). It’s important to note that Nordic has been working with … Read more

Dissecting a deceased Insteon power line modem

Long-time readers may recollect my past series of posts covering the testing and more general ongoing use of SmartLabs’ (also known by its Smarthome online retail brand) Insteon home automation technology and products. Insteon primarily leveraged powerline communications between a hub and adapters—light dimmers, switches and more general power outlets, thermostats, and the like, in … Read more

Industrial IoT SOM pairs edge processing with wireless connectivity

Laird’s Summit SOM 8M Plus system-on-module (SOM) is powered by an NXP i.MX 8M processor built for machine learning, vision, and industrial IoT. The module also employs the NXP 88W8997 dual-band 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3 combo chip. Laird’s most feature-rich and secure SOM to date, the Summit SOM 8M Plus serves as a … Read more

Multiphysics simulation platform supports TSMC design flow

Ansys has collaborated with TSMC to ease the simulation and modeling of EM interactions on wireless ICs manufactured by TSMC. The Ansys multiphysics simulation platform works with TSMC’s N6RF Design Reference Flow for designing RF chips based on the TSMC N6 fabrication process. Ansys RaptorX, Exalto, VeloceRF, and Totem platforms are enabled throughout the TSMC … Read more

LTE-M development kits connect to the cloud

Renesas offers two development kits for its RA and RX families of 32-bit MCUs that are outfitted with a Cat-M1 (LTE-M) module for cloud connection. The CK-RA6M5 and CK-RX65N kits allow users to evaluate and deploy mobile cloud applications for wireless IoT systems without having to design their own complex circuitry and software stacks. According … Read more

Obsolescence by design: The earbuds edition

For well over a decade now, I’ve suffered from right side-dominant back pain. Until the past couple of years, however, the situation was reasonably tolerable. A few times a year, I’d experience intense spasms for a few days straight, which not even prescription painkillers and muscle relaxants would tangibly alleviate. Then the pain would fade … Read more