Location, Location, Location

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Embedded Intel Solutions.

John Harrison was a clockmaker, inventor of the chronometer and subject of the best seller “Lon­gitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time” by Dava Sobel. Had Harrison be able to time travel to the Intel CES 2016 air-band demonstration, he would have seen how far location technology has come. Tracking to within a few centimeters is possible, and DecaWave’s Mickael Viot explains how this achievement helped bring about the air-band performance. And while we’re imagining that time travel to an Intel CES keynote is possible, consider that Marie Curie could learn how “instrumental” Intel® Curie™ chips were for the band’s performance?

Another location where Intel technology can be found is the cloud, as Artesyn’s Linsey Miller tells. She outlines the benefits of x86-based video processing in the cloud, and puts technology in con­text for us by sharing recent research findings on broadcast television consumption, apps launched during the Super Bowl, and the lopsided number of ad searches done on mobile phones compared to desktop computers during the game.

Catalyst for the New

The research Miller cites on the ubiquity of mobile phone use wouldn’t surprise the speakers at a recent Mobile World Congress Live webinar, “How Richer Content is Reshaping Mobile Design.” In this issue we drop in on the webinar, where Micron’s Mike Rayfield, VP and GM of the com­pany’s Mobile Business Unit and Ben Bajarin, Principal Analyst, Global Consumer Tech, Creative Strategies, make the case for mobile phones as “catalyst[s] for new things. Things we haven’t even thought of yet.”

Rayfield and Bajarin discuss why mobile phones are becoming even more important to us. And they outline how 3D NAND, a storage technology developed by Intel and Micron, can address the demands on memory this growing mobile and smartphone use in locations from Mexico to China and Australia to Italy has created.

Changing Locations at Close to the Speed of Light

I very much enjoyed speaking with Elias Ahmed, Intel Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) for this issue and learning how dedicated hardware has features that put it in a good place for handling the demands of the energy infrastructure. Ahmed noted, “electricity travels at close to the speed of light, and you need to make rapid decisions with low latency to be effective. You don’t have much margin for error here.”

Another conversation I was lucky enough to have was with Lorie Wigle, general manager for IoT Security for Intel. Particularly interesting was her take on Intel’s recently issued “Smart Homes and the Internet of Things” survey.

Caroline Hayes’s article on medical device performance connects the introduction of Intel sixth generation processors to the ability to have “more circuits in the same space as earlier processors” and suggests, “the scope for this architecture is considerable—perhaps limited only by the con­fines of medical design.”

You are not limited by the confines of this edition and should consider yourself invited to explore all the EECatalog.com technology communities, including our Embedded Intel Solutions community.

AnneFisherAnne Fisher is managing editor of EECatalog.com. Her role brings her the opportunity to learn about a wide range of embedded solutions for IoT, Mil Aero, Industrial, Sen¬sors and several other fields. She welcomes articles describing innovative approaches to embedded engineering challenges to share with the EECatalog.com reader¬ship, as well as opinion and analysis from industry leaders. She can be reached at afisher@extensionmedia.com.

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