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Coin Guard: Home security for the tech impaired

Home security gadgets are all the rage, fueled in no small part by Dropcam and their competitors.  But video surveillance and smart locks have issues of data storage and hack-ability to deal with that scares most non-techie types.  Pilot Labs, a small OEM wireless product manufacturing company in San Diego, decided to leap into the fray with a product that brings wireless security to the masses who have a hard time figuring out fax machines.

Coin Guard, currently awaiting funding through Kickstarter before it becomes widely available, hopefully in time for Christmas, Is a disk about two inches across that …

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Technology

#ARMTechCon Offers up some nuggets of innovation

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Trade shows and conferences are becoming exercises in repetition and the loudest participants are generally the ones saying the same things as everyone else.  Once in a while, if you look hard, you can find a couple of products and services you might have missed in the noise.  And New Tech Press found three of them at the ARM TechCon 2014 in Santa Clara, CA this week.

The three companies were Undo, Toradex and Somnium and we stopped to talk to them about their offerings.  Undo, based in Cambridge int he UK, has found a …

Me!Box upgrades video platform with ‘scary’ good features

New Tech Press has been using the video platform from Mebox Media, with great success for more than two years now and we were both concerned and intrigued when they let us know they were making a significant change this year. Would the upgrade be as easy to use? How will it affect the engagement level? And what about that scary new feature that lets you know who is watching? Yeah, that’s part of it.
We sat down with CEO Mark Jacobs and COO Ken Fitchler to ask these questions and got some fascinating answers. Here’s the interview:


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The Digital Divide, Net Neutrality and Badu Networks

Badu Networks, is developing a technology for distribution within the next two years that will dramatically boost the capacity of public Wifi areas, which will make it possible for many to access the internet with little or no cost.  That is important not only for bridging the Digital Divide but also solve part of the problem of net neutrality.  This is the first of a two-part video interview.


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ARM, x86, GPUs not filling the bill for HPC

by Lou Covey
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

The data industry has been limping along with processing systems designed for personal computing and jury-rigged for big data and high performance computing. It has worked for light-touch computing applications like Facebook, but for compute-intensive applications like the Oculus Rift virtual environment and Oracle’s database in-memory, the hardware infrastructure is woefully insufficient (even Oracle’s hardware).

The Rube-Goldbergesque contrivances that have brought us this far have made it easy to ignore investment in new approaches, but they will fail us in the foreseeable future and retard growth in data-intensive enterprises.  And the efforts of the …

DIY Electronics

ProFPGA unveils FPGA prototype boards

ProFPGA came out of stealth at the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012) in San Francisco with a technology agnostic hardware system for developing FPGA prototype. ProFPGA is a spinoff from ProDesign Europe (http://www.prodesigncad.de), located in Germany. The system that can be used with Xilinx or Altera FPGAs and can be implemented with any commercially available development tool, including those from Synopsys, Xilinx or Altera.

Electronic Design

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market
Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafers

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known …

Green Tech

Analysis: Time for the semi and wafer industries to make nice

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Last week we did a piece on the dysfunctional relationship between the semiconductor industry and the silicon wafer industry.  Both have the potential of healing the rift and ensuring a profitable give and take for several decades, but there is also the potential that, if attitudes do not change within the next decade, it will get even worse.

IBM is recycling silicon wafers for solar use

IBM is recycling silicon wafers for solar use

Last week’s article pointed out that the wafer companies stuck it to the semi industry when the solar boom hit 10 years ago.  Wafer fabs shifted resources to …

Software

Automating embedded software testing with Electric Cloud

The 2012 UBM Survey showed that, for the first time, QA engineers are becoming a significant portion of embedded software teams, and there is less concern about the quality of debugging tools for those teams,  However, the size of those teams is, in general, dropping and concern for tool quality is still number one, all of which makes hitting schedules on time the greatest challenge for those teams.

According to Dax Harfang at Electric Cloud, those pressures are even greater in hardware-centric companies who would rather not make a large investment in software QA, especially smaller companies that may be …

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#ARMTechCon Offers up some nuggets of innovation

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Trade shows and conferences are becoming exercises in repetition and the loudest participants are generally the ones saying the same things as everyone else.  Once in a while, if you look hard, you can find a couple of products and services you might have missed in the noise.  And New Tech Press found three of them at the ARM TechCon 2014 in Santa Clara, CA this week.

The three companies were Undo, Toradex and Somnium and we stopped to talk to them about their offerings.  Undo, based in Cambridge int he UK, has found a …

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New Tech Press turns 5

This month we turn the page on the first five years of New Tech Press, the media and content laboratory of Footwasher Media. With little promotion this site has garnered thousands of subscribers, tested and experimented with multiple platforms and media and helped Footwasher Media establish a unique philosophy of communication.  Managing Editor Joe Basques sits down with Editorial Director Lou Covey to talk about what has been accomplished and what the plans are for the future.

 NTP looks back

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