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RESEARCH PAPER: Wireless Technologies for Home Automation

Simply put, there are too many choices for today’s low-end mainstream1 and DIY2 consumer when it comes to connecting the new breed of Home Automation (HA) equipment. With the plethora of thermostats, lights, locks and consumer friendly HA devices hitting the market from Nest, Philips, Belkin, Honeywell, Insteon, Schlage and others, it has become increasingly difficult …

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Qualcomm Gets The Jump On WiGig 60 GHz Wireless With Wilocity Acquisition

Qualcomm announced today that they acquired Wilocity, one of the pioneers in 60 GHz WiGig technology. They also announced they would integrate this technology with their current WiFi offerings for use in devices like PCs and wireless routers and also integrate it into their Snapdragon 810 platform for use in phones, tablets, even TVs and displays. …

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National Instruments Stepping Ahead Of Agilent Technologies With New 5G LabVIEW Wireless Design Tools?

National Instruments Corp. (NASDAQ:NATI) has been primarily known by engineers and scientists as one of the premiere test and measurement equipment companies. In my nearly 25 years experience in high tech, I’ve spent a lot of time in many labs, and have seen National instruments gear in nearly every one of them. While National Instruments …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Rx for 5G RF

The Internet of Things explosion has led to a severe wireless spectrum shortage, driving researchers to seek new ways to alleviate the bandwidth crunch. Wireless researchers now plan for a 5th generation wireless standard (5G), which is expected to provide a 1000x increase in network capacity and arrive at the end of the decade. To enable 5G, …

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Bluetooth Smart, A Natural Fit for Home Automation

As I pointed out in my last blog, one of the major impediments in the expansion of home automation technologies is the lack of a single architecture or standard to pull it all together. Some think that that standard is here with Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. BT is already the crowned king of wireless headsets for …

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Advanced Micro Devices ‘Mullins’ SOC Gets Serious For Windows 8 Tablets

The tablet market has been a challenge for most everyone without an ARM-based SoC, but Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) just made an x86 SoC tablet announcement that has really piqued my interest. Last week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) launched their “Mullins” x86-based SoC specifically designed for Windows 8 tablets and Advanced Micro Devices’s (AMD) Mullins both enhances AMD’s …

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Who Were The Big Chip Winners At Mobile World Congress?

I spent this week at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. As is usual, I was on the lookout for new or disruptive mobile devices, technologies, usage models, software, and services. What I want to talk about in this column are mobile application processors and modems. If you are following this space in …

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Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Intel SKUs at Mobile World Congress 2014

I spent this week at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. As is usual, I was on the lookout for new or disruptive mobile devices, technologies, usage models, software, and services. What I want to talk about in this column are mobile application processors and modems. If you are following this space in …

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The State of Nvidia’s LTE Modems At Mobile World Congress

Nvidia made some very interesting announcements at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While they won’t win the “most mobile SKUs” award, what is apparent is that they are making major headway with their software-based LTE modem technology. Let’s look at what Nvidia announced at MWC 2014. Global LTE data with Tegra Note 7 First, Nvidia …

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Why Mobile Could Be The Primary Driver of 4K Experiences

As I begin my journey to this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I am thinking through the major trends and inflections that will most impact mobile technology and usage models going forward. One of those I wrote about last week was quick charging. What I would like to talk about now is 4K capabilities on mobile …

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Why Hewlett-Packard’s Voice Tablet Entry Is An Imperative

Last month, Hewlett-Packard announced they were launching two “phablets” or voice-enabled tablets in India under the HP VoiceTab brand. This came a year and a half after Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman hinted at it in an interview with Fox Business Network. As you would expect after the “voice tablet” launch, the pundits swarmed, given it had been …

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The Most Impactful CES 2014 Announcement Wasn’t What You’d Expect, And Was From Intel

Over the past 23 years, I have been to more trade shows than I can even remember, including my recent trip to the the International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. While neither Apple, Google, or Microsoft pay the big bucks to present on-stage or have booths, CES is very much relevant in that it’s the …

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LTE Wireless: Just Because You Have It Doesn’t Mean It’s The Best

Buying connected devices like phones and tablets can be a daunting task. Weighing variables like device brand with specific models, colors and features, carrier brand and service level, is a challenge even for the technology capable. I’d like to say it’s getting easier, but it isn’t, as even different flavors of wireless 4G LTE and 3G modem …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: What You Need To Know Before You Buy

Tablets are a tough market. Unless you are Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, or ASUS, the tablet market hasn’t been very kind to you. Just because you do well in smartphones or personal computers doesn’t guarantee you will do well in tablets, either. Tablet makers will do everything to differentiate their tablets. Amazon subsidizes their cheap …

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Apple iPad Air: The Best Experience Of Any 10″ Consumer Tablet

Apple, with the iPhone and iPad, pretty much reinvented the personal computing market, that not only created a new market segment but also sent the personal computer market into a tailspin. That’s powerful. What is as difficult for any company to do is to maintain dominance in a certain market, too. Could the Apple iPad Air …

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BENCHMARKS: Nvidia Tegra Note 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

While I normally don’t do benchmarks as there are professional reviewers out there already, I thought, “why let good data go to waste”? You can download the benchmarks here. Nvidia Tegra Samsung Galaxy Delta To Note 7 Note 8 Note 8 $199 $379 53% 3DMark Ice Storm 1.2 by FutureMark Ice Storm maxed out 4098 …

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Nvidia Tegra Note 7: Differentiated, Stylus-Enabled Tablet Experience For The Masses

Nvidia announced today they are shipping their Nvidia Tegra  Note 7  platform, a 7” tablet with stylus capability, priced at a very impressive $199. I had the chance to use the Nvidia Tegra Note 7  for a week and I can say I was impressed with the level of innovation Nvidia was able to pack inside the small …

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Nvidia’s Mobile Custom 64-bit ARM CPU: It’s Sooner Than You May Think

Since Apple released the iPhone 5s, there have been a slew of articles on the merits of 64-bits in a mobile device. I participated in the punditry as, a decade ago, I spent years knee-deep in 64-bits, bringing 64-bits first to theWindows PC and mainstream server platform. I have a bit of experience on the matter. After the Apple …

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Are ‘Phablets’ The Ultimate Media Phones?

Since their inception, I have had to dig deep to fully understand why some consumers would gravitate to a phone the size of a tablet.  “Phablets” are too large to fit into pants pocket or small purse, don’t get better battery life than a phone, can’t be used one-handed, and look absolutely ridiculous when talking on …

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