Smart and Secure Embedded Solutions for IoT Design | EE Times


Microchip Technology Inc. has launched a range of IoT solutions for rapid prototyping by using cloud connectivity for all integrated microcontroller solutions.

IoT design is characterized by pairing the appropriate microcontroller solutions with the ideal connection protocol for your application. Microchip Technology Inc. announced a line-up of full-stack, embedded development solutions that provide any number of such combinations.

The line ranges from the smallest PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs) for sensors and actuators, to 32-bit MCU gateway and microprocessor (MPU) solutions for edge computing. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or 5G narrowband technologies, all while maintaining a security foundation with support from its Trust Platform for the CryptoAuthentication family.

Source: Smart and Secure Embedded Solutions for IoT Design | EE Times

Supplier Stories for the Week of March 23 | Design News


Librestream, a global provider of remote collaboration and communication solutions, has announced a free program for enterprises facing business continuity and worker safety challenges related to COVID-19.

The Onsight Augmented Reality Platform includes a broad range of augmented reality software capabilities including remote expert assistance, guided work instructions, and content capture and delivery, as well as optional inspection accessories.

“The sudden onset of this pandemic means managers haven’t had time to prepare for the new reality we are facing with the novel coronavirus,” said John Bishop, President and CEO of Librestream said. “Many are scrambling to find safe, cost effective ways to ensure business continuity. Onsight is already helping hundreds of companies overcome distance barriers and keep workers safe. With this free program, we can extend the same opportunity to any organization.”

Source: Supplier Stories for the Week of March 23 | Design News

We’re on the Road to Somewhere: GM Maps its Electric Vehicle Future | Design News


General Motors is pledging to invest $20 billion through 2025 to roll out a raft of new electric models across the company’s range of vehicle segments. “Those are engineering and capital numbers,” emphasized GM CEO Mary Barra. “Those aren’t numbers that have crazy things added to it to make it look big.”

That investment will drive battery cell cost from $145 per kilowatt-hour to less than $100/kWh early in the lifecycle, with a path toward still lower prices. This will fuel sales of a million EVs per year in the combined U.S. and Chinese markets.

This progress is based on GM’s new family of pouch-based lithium-ion battery cells it will build through a joint venture with LG Chem.

Source: We’re on the Road to Somewhere: GM Maps its Electric Vehicle Future | Design News

International OTT voice traffic tops 1tn minutes in 2019


International over-the-top (OTT) voice traffic reached 1 trillion minutes in 2019, compared to just 432 billion minutes of international carrier traffic.

According to TeleGeography, the new figures come as a result of its annual update to its report and database with refreshed pricing, revenues, traffic volumes and other key performance indicators (KPIs) in the international voice market.

Other key findings from the updated report show that international voice revenues are estimated to have declined from $99 billion at their peak in 2012 to just $60 billion in 2019.

Source: International OTT voice traffic tops 1tn minutes in 2019

Mobile telcos ‘face losing over $25bn in roaming revenue’


Travel bans because of coronavirus will cost the mobile phone industry US$25 billion between now and the end of 2020, according to new analysis.

And operators do not have any real strategy to mitigate the risk, says Juniper Research, which has carried out the study.

“Revenues lost through the travel ban will not be recoverable and these must be considered lost revenues,” said Sam Barker, head of forecasting at the company.

Source: Mobile telcos ‘face losing over $25bn in roaming revenue’

Hot EDA Sector Cooled Off in Q4 | EE Times

Global revenue in the EDA segment of the electronics industry grew 8.3 percent in 2019, despite tailing off to weaker growth of just 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to statistics published by Semi and the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance.

In 2019, the EDA market surpassed a total annual value of $10 billion for the first time.

Source: Hot EDA Sector Cooled Off in Q4 | EE Times

NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge | Light Reading

Progressive mobile operators are preparing to roll out next-generation 5G core systems as they migrate towards standalone 5G deployments, but that evolutionary move will bring some particular data management challenges, according to Steve Legge, chief operating officer at NetNumber.

NetNumber has been providing subscriber data management (SDM) systems to mobile operators for years, and has more than 200 operators using its various SDM and signalling security tools. Legge says that gives it plenty of experience in data management strategies and he’s concerned there isn’t enough focus currently on how operators will manage their data once they have deployed a next-generation core platform.

Source: NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge | Light Reading

The mysterious case of the vanishing Chinese customers | Light Reading

China’s usually reclusive telco bosses made their annual foray into the spotlight this week. This is what we learned.

China is going all out on 5G construction
The headline may not be new, but the numbers are.

The big three telcos are ready to sink around 180 billion yuan ($25.5 billion) into their 5G rollouts in 2020. That’s more than four times the 2019 level.

It’s not clear whether this is something long planned, or whether it flows from the party leadership directive to double down on 5G and boost the virus-stricken economy. (See China 5G: Unicom and Telecom speed up rollout.)

However, analysts have complained that the aggregate rise in capex was short of expectations, suggesting that operators have shifted some spend from other items to 5G.

Source: The mysterious case of the vanishing Chinese customers | Light Reading

Even COVID-19 can’t stop Huawei, says founder | Light Reading

Not even a deadly virus originating on its home turf can upset Huawei, it seems. The Chinese equipment giant has already weathered the storm of US sanctions, coped with the detention on Canadian soil of its chief financial officer and shrugged off suggestions it spies for the Chinese government. Now it’s bounced back from COVID-19 with enviable speed.

Already a deeply suspicious character to his critics, Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder, will certainly not have endeared himself to US authorities in his latest media interviews with the Wall Street Journal and the South China Morning Post. While Europe and the US are braced for a long battle with what Donald Trump has called “the Chinese virus,” the Chinese vendor is bragging about its good health, flexing its giant R&D muscles and eyeing new sales opportunities outside its domestic market.

Of greatest alarm to Huawei’s opponents will be Ren’s boast about increasing R&D spending this year to a monstrous $20 billion, from $15 billion in 2019 (although Ryan Ding, the head of Huawei’s carrier business, told analysts and reporters in February that Huawei actually invested as much as $18 billion in R&D last year).

Source: Even COVID-19 can’t stop Huawei, says founder | Light Reading

How to Build a Ventilator to Battle Covid-19 | EE Times Europe


Ventilators are designed to keep oxygen in the lungs and to remove carbon dioxide. They are an important tool for the treatment of severe Covid-19 cases because the virus can attack cilia in the lungs. If this happens, mucus builds up in the lungs and the risk of secondary infection increases, hindering the absorption of oxygen by the lungs.

We are facing many emergencies in this uncertain period of time, not the least of which is the shortage of respirators, as health facilities are collapsing due to the huge number of coronavirus patients. Covid-19 is spreading very quickly all over the world. Because of this high rate of diffusion, many hospital resources are not immediately available.

Many industries and companies are building different medical and health devices such as masks, respirators, swabs, medicines, and ventilators in record time. The latter allows people to continue breathing or to breathe better, as the biggest problem of Covid-19 is the blockage of the lungs.

Source: How to Build a Ventilator to Battle Covid-19 – EE Times Europe