Tag: wearable


With the dust firmly settled on this year’s CES we thought we’d take a look back at the show to see what stood out in terms of overall trends, with AI, security, connected cars, VR, AR and drones all making their mark. Listen up Did this year’s show have the X-Factor? Well, to be honest it was probably more ‘The … Continued

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The past year has done wonders for affordable consumer electronics devices. We’ve seen a major boost in areas like Latin America or Asia where many hero brands — both national and international — have introduced smartphones, tablets, 4K TVs or media streaming devices at very exciting prices. For example, a year-end report published by the online marketplace giant Flipkart found … Continued

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Digital baseband integration has been a growing trend in wireless applications as it offers tangible benefits for system architects looking to reduce cost, form factor and power consumption. Until now, our Ensigma Explorer RPUs (radio processors) have been leading the charge in high performance baseband integration. We’ve seen several strategic design wins in the last year that are a testament … Continued

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CES 2015 was a great way to kick off the new year in style. This time around the focus was placed on refining and improving the user experience rather than innovating; there were also several exciting announcements for IoT, wearables and automotive that highlighted important trends for the next 12 months. For more information on some of the most exciting … Continued

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An important aspect for all mobile devices – and wearables especially – is keeping personal data secure. There have been several articles published on this topic, from Forbes and The Guardian to Symantec. Designing secure and scalable software for wearables is equally important to ensuring the hardware elements are efficiently working together. This is because the data that these devices … Continued

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Smart glasses are an example of high-end output wearables; whether they’re used in industrial applications or to augment our everyday life, smart glasses are the poster child for computer vision applications and require significantly more horsepower than a traditional smartwatch. Smart glasses can be used for industrial applications or to augment everyday life activities Designing processors for smart glasses If … Continued

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According to a team of Gartner analysts, affordable Android-based smartwatches will retail at $30 by 2015 as interest builds up inside consumer mass markets in China and internationally. This puts smartwatches at the forefront of wearable adoption, since it is a category of devices that consumers are already familiar with and feel comfortable using. A mini-computer on your wrist There … Continued

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Fitness bands and activity trackers are helping millions of consumers monitor their exercise habits and improve their  overall health. IHS Technology is projecting that fitness trackers will be worth $2.2 billion in 2014, up 22% over last year’s $1.9 billion. Designing embedded processors for fitness bands If you are targeting such a device, an M-class MIPS CPU and a low-power … Continued

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In an article published recently I provided an overview of the most common metrics used to measure the relative performance of GPUs. I also covered how these metrics are reflected in some of the most popular graphics benchmarks available to silicon vendors, OEMs and consumers. Today I am going to offer you a quick how-to guide for choosing the perfect … Continued

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The past six months have certainly been an exciting time for the wearable industry. We’ve seen new platform announcements from Ingenic, Ineda and Microchip, the rollout of several smartwatches and smart glasses from worldwide sellers, and the release of the new MIPS M5100 and M5150 CPUs designed for wearables and IoT. More recently, Archos has deployed our PowerVR GPUs in … Continued

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