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Silicon Labs pushes ZigBee mesh networks in the home

IP-addressable wireless mesh networks for use in the home are the focus of a design initiative by Silicon Labs. The chip supplier has created a networking protocol, called Thread, to help customers with product development for ZigBee-based mesh networking. It is not yet a Zigbee standardised protocol, but…

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XMOS adds industrial comms development kit

Xmos has announced development boards for its fast and novel xCore-XA microcontroller, that includes an ARM Cortex-M3 alongside its unconventional low-latency 32bit multi-core processor architecture – invented to provide fast deterministic interfacing without interrupts. The first products aimed at flexible industrial ‘field bus’ communication. “There are a…

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Secure vehicle-to-vehicle comms in two years, says NXP

NXP Semiconductors says it has moved into production of chipsets to support secure vehicle to vehicle communications, which will alert drivers of traffic information. The technology is expected to be on the roads within two years, said NXP. NXP said it will supply Delphi Automotive with its RoadLINK chipset for…

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Honeywell wireless modules get energy harvesting from UK

Perpetuum, the vibration-based energy harvesting specialists, has released its FM-certified Intelligent Power Module (IPM) for the Honeywell XYR 6000 series wireless transmitters. The IPM can replace the standard Honeywell OEM battery pack that allows the XYR 6000 series transmitters to accept external power in the form of vibration…

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Weightless-N standard issued

The Weightless SIG today announced the launch of Weightless-N, a complementary open standard for the internet of things (IoT…

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Google, MediaTek push Andoid One smartphones in India

Google has teamed up with mobile chipset firm MediaTek to encourage manufacturers to bring lower cost Android smartphones to market. The smartphone design called Android One is aimed at what Google called the  “super-midmarket” in emerging markets such as India. The first set of Android One smartphones based on…

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