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3 March 2015

Around the Web

M&A, Strategies, Alliances



Toshiba has launched two new wearable processors, the TZ1031MBG and TZ1011MBG

Silicon Labs has released its first BLE SoC, called Blue Gecko.

Freescale launches new Kinetis motor control MCU for mission-critical IoT devices.

Thinfilm has won a deal with drinks giant Diageo to supply its NFC smart labels for its brands, with a prototype bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label – powered by Evrythng’s cloud PaaS.

Congatec has launched its Qseven Intel-based IoT dev kit.

Silicon Motion unveils its Osprey platform for industrial and thin-client visual displays.

Supermicro adds a new IoT gateway to its embedded range.

Altair releases two 4G chip sets, ahead of the expected 3GPP IoT standards.

NXP and Atmel release security-rich microcontrollers at Embedded World.

Spark’s u-blox powered Electron cellular dev kit has blown passed its Kickstarter goal.

STMicro launches a QI and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) compliant wireless charging module.

Toshiba launches new wearable chips, and an embedded and handheld dev kit.

Networks and Protocols

Smart Home

  • Parks Associates says 10% of US broadband homes have a smart device with energy-related functions.
  • Gizmodo dives down the rabbit hole of smart home security flaws.
  • Amazon’s Echo AI-speaker is getting an SDK for third party developers.
  • Panasonic launches the Nubo 4G security camera, and an MVNO for its connected devices.
  • Peel launches its Pronto iOS home controller, essentially a Bluetooth to IR bridge.


  • Pebble has launched a new smartwatch, with a new color screen.
  • LG seems to be moving away from Android Wear for its smartwatches, but denies embracing webOS.
  • LG announces an LTE version of its upcoming Urbane smartwatch.
  • After leaking on ad-boards in Barcelona airport, Huawei unveils its sapphire screen smartwatch. Huawei has partnered with Jawbone to use the Up! app on its wearables.
  • HTC launches the Under Armor Record powered HTC Grip fitness tracker.

Connected Cars

  • Samsung acquires electric vehicle battery maker Magna Steyr, a company that Apple has been consulting with on its apparent car plans.
  • Connected car hacking is the result of low quality coding.
  • Infineon launches two new V2V microcontrollers – the SLI 97 and the SLM 97.


  • Microsemi launches public key reference design for secure automotive and IoT apps.
  • Freescale has launched an IoT security project, to help guide startups and OEMs.

Smart Grid

  • HP is targeting utilities with a new Energy Management Platform.
  • 3 Italy is supplying 4G M2M services to Italian utility Enel.

Forecasts and Blue Sky Thinking