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April 2014

Cisco: The Industrial Internet of Things

Last week’s Semico IMPACT event was full of interesting speakers discussing the Internet of Things and how Smart Lighting is the “Trojan Horse” of connectivity and intelligence.  Our first guest keynote speaker of the day was Prasanna Venkatesan,  Vertical Business Solutions Leader, IoT Group,  Cisco. Hecame right out and said maybe we shouldn’t be focusing on the residential Internet of Things because there are too many shakeups in that market segment.  Instead, Cisco sees more initial opportunity in the Industrial Internet of Things. 

But first, some lighting statistics.  One fifth of the world’s global electricity usage is from lighting, which equals about 70% of the world’s passenger vehicle emissions.  That is why lighting is such an important market to focus on, especially LED lighting, which has the potential to reduce the US lighting energy consumption 50% by 2020. 

Cisco expects that LED lighting will have 52% of the market by 2021.  Now, couple that with the fact that most lighting today is analog, and the market is ripe for a “digital disruption.”

Tony Massimini to Speak at the IMPACT - Smart Lighting event April 23, 2014

Semico’s CTO, Tony Massimini, will open the discussion with Semico’s take on the IoT, Smart Home and how sensors will change the industry.  

Terrifying Robots: Part 6

This robot is a mix between adorable and terrifying.  Its slow, almost ponderous crawl forward before it pauses to split open its head and do a little twirl before withdrawing all its limbs and rolling down hill...only to show that on flat land it can easily chase down a little kid.

No I'm just kidding, theres nothing adorable about this thing.  In fact, are you with me in thinking that with the high pitched noise its making, we're looking at the first generation of Screamers? 

Tony Massimini to Speak on Internet of Things at SEMI AZ Breakfast Forum April 17

Everyone's talking about the Internet of Things.  The concept alone inspires the imagination and promises to be the next "killer app."  But how are we going to get there?  What improvements in processor architecture, interface, and memory density do we need to make to enable the tiny and low-power devices that will connect everyday things?

Internet of Things: Could the Gateway be the Light Above Your Head?

The Internet of Things is coming. Your toaster may not ever "talk" to your toothbrush, but certainly systems in both homes and commercial spaces will get smarter in the near future.

But how is this going to work? As devices such as thermostats need to be replaced, they can be upgraded to smart versions that will communicate with a central hub, enabling energy savings as they are used more efficiently. However, this could take a long time.

Reduce Energy Consumption with Intelligent Lighting Systems

In the United States alone, the Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2011, we used 461 billion kWh to light our residential and commercial properties. That equals about 12 percent of the total electricity consumed in North America.

Our first response to these numbers is to reiterate to ourselves that we should be turning off the lights when the rooms are empty. But that really depends on the light bulb you have installed. For example, with an incandescent light bulb, you have a 90 percent energy loss when it’s on, so keep that thing off as much as possible. Halogens, too, should be turned off whenever possible. Yet, when it comes to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), they can consume more energy by being turned on and off than by just staying on, depending on how often you turn them off (Hint: If you’re coming back into the room in 15 minutes, leave it on).

The recommendations are confusing, and if you’re like me, you don’t pay attention to the type of light you have in the room. And maybe, like me, you hear your father’s voice yelling in your head to “turn off that light” every time you leave the room. Bad advice, since now I’m turning on and off my hallway CFL light bulb a few dozen times a night as I pass in and out of rooms.

Smart Light, Smart Buildings and Internet of Things

Often discussions about the Internet of Things (IoT) tend to be very generalized and hard to get your arms around.  After all, when you’re talking about everything, its difficult to get specific.

Semico IMPACT Smart Lighting, which takes place on April 23rd, will approach the IoT from the perspective of a single, growing market segment—Smart Buildings.  This is a new market with the potential to create new business opportunities for Silicon Valley companies.

Terrifying Robots: Part 5

You know what I just love about this pole dancer?

No, not the jazz hands.

Not the outfit either. 

The dance? It does dance better than I do, but no. 

What I love is that it has facial recognition software so it can pick out the people in the mirror and stare intently into their eyes while it does its thing. 

This is especially so creepy because its devling into the "uncanny valley," a phenomenon that happens when a creation looks very close to human, but there is something "off" about it, that makes us uncomfortable. 

(source: CNET)

Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions 1Q14

The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2002-2018. Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a five-page summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.

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Analog Forecast, Products, Suppliers and Foundries, Vol. 1

As electronic systems evolved to mobile devices the importance of analog has grown.  Interfacing with the real world via cameras, touch, gesture controls, audio and video applications all require analog functionality.  Power management IC’s are critical to the success of these devices.  These growing applications have added significant volumes to the analog unit sales. 

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