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5G Networks – A New Era for a Diversely Connected World

In 2015, the ITU set about planning the target goals for 5G to address the deficiencies of 3G and 4G standards that are in use today. In addition to vastly improving the existing cellular voice and mobile broadband capabilities of these network standards, the ITU listed a number of goals to address several new needs […]

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CES 2017: Promises of Past Years Have Matured into Useful Products

I came to CES this year expecting to see countless drones buzzing overhead, based on last year’s fanfare. Upon arrival, I was surprised to see that some of the hype and overpromised technologies of last year were replaced by down-to-earth, pragmatic, useful technologies. Of course, drones were still there, as well as an increasing number […]

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New On Demand Webinar: How LTE Cat-NB1 (NB-IoT) is Driving Cellular SoC Design Innovation

The 3GPP recently completed the standardization of a new LTE-based narrowband technology to support the emerging needs of cellular-IOT devices. Known as Cat-NB1 (formerly NB-IoT), this new low data rate category will enable the development of ultra-low power, ultra-low cost solutions that can leverage the existing LTE infrastructure for a new wave of connected devices. […]

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New Bluetooth 5 Spec Sets the Stage for a Faster, Better IoT

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the launch of Bluetooth 5. As expected, the new version boasts longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. These improvements are mostly targeted at the low energy variant of Bluetooth, BLE, as opposed to […]

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Cellular IoT Power Saving Techniques: How Do The New Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1 Protocols Achieve Ultra-Low Energy Consumption?

As the competition over the protocols that will define the Internet of Things unfolds, 3GPP’s Cellular IoT (C-IoT) is definitely a strong contender. 3GPP Release 13 includes significant enhancements targeting C-IoT use cases. These are typically characterized by low-volume data transmissions that are not particularly sensitive to delays, for example smart grid sensors or asset […]

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Game of IoT Communication Protocols: LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, Wi-Fi- Will There be a Sole Ruler?

As the Internet of Things (IoT) develops and evolves across the globe, the competition between communication protocols grows increasingly heated. Instead of signs of consolidation towards one solution; companies, organizations and interest groups are inventing and refining more and more ways to tackle the challenge. This is no coincidence. The IoT is a huge domain […]

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Meet CEVA-X1: No More DSP plus CPU; One Lightweight Processor for All IoT Use Cases

Until now there have been some CPUs with DSP capabilities and some DSPs with CPU capabilities available. Some of these are quite common today in various devices. That said, a deeper look at the architecture reveals that there is more to the story. A CPU with DSP capabilities is actually just a CPU with a […]

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Smart Grid Communication: PLC and ZigBee on Programmable DSP

Back in 2011, the term ‘smart grid’ was already a frequently used buzzword, but not much more than that. Very early on, the benefits of a smart grid were clear and widely accepted. In 2007, the United States Department of Energy stated its vision for the use of “digital technology to improve reliability, resiliency, flexibility, […]

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