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Jul 29, 2021

Austin’s Silicon Labs sells business unit for $2.75 billion, shifts focus to Internet of Things

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Austin-based Silicon Labs has sold its infrastructure and automotive business for $2.75 billion to California-based semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions. Plans for the all-cash deal was initially announced in April.

Silicon Labs primarily designs semiconductors and other silicon devices. CEO Tyson Tuttle said the deal will allow the company to focus on its growing Internet of Things business. Internet of Things, or IoT as it is known in industry shorthand, refers to a range of non-computing devices —from kitchen devices to security systems — that connect to the Internet.

Silcon Labs’ IoT business already serves tens of thousands of customers and works in thousands of applications, but the deal narrows Silicon Labs focus exclusively to that technology.

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Jul 28, 2021

Internet of Things sensor startup Wiliot pulls in $200 million from SoftBank Vision Fund

Posted by in categories: business, internet, robotics/AI

Money will be used to ramp up the rollout of battery-free sensor tags and novel, AI-based sensing as a service business model.

Jul 27, 2021

Arm’s New Flexible Plastic Chip Could Enable an ‘Internet of Everything’

Posted by in categories: computing, internet

Arm thinks those kinds of applications may not be far away, though. In a paper published last week in Nature, researchers from the company detailed a 32-bit microprocessor built directly onto a plastic substrate that promises to be both flexible and dramatically cheaper than today’s chips.

“We envisage that PlasticARM will pioneer the development of low-cost, fully flexible smart integrated systems to enable an ‘internet of everything’ consisting of the integration of more than a trillion inanimate objects over the next decade into the digital world,” they wrote.

Flexible electronics aren’t exactly new, and sensors, batteries, LEDs, antennae, and many other simpler components have all been demonstrated before. But a practical microprocessor that can carry out meaningful computations has been elusive thanks to the large number of transistors required, say the researchers.

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Jul 26, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg is betting Facebook’s future on the metaverse

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

The Facebook CEO talks to Casey Newton about why he is putting his company’s resources toward the “metaverse,” a future that imagines an internet that combines physical, augmented, and virtual realities.

Jul 23, 2021

Quantum network is step towards ultrasecure internet

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

Experiment connects three devices with entangled photons, demonstrating a key technique that could enable a future quantum internet. Experiment demonstrates a key technique that could enable a future quantum internet.

Jul 23, 2021

Arm’s cheap and flexible plastic microchip could create an ‘internet of everything’

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A microchip in your lettuce? Why not, says Arm.


Chip designer Arm has unveiled the most complex flexible microchip yet. The PlasticARM is inefficient and slow compared to silicon-based chips, but could be printed onto fabric, paper, and plastic, allowing for what Arm calls the “internet of everything.”

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Jul 23, 2021

Silicon Who? Researchers Develop Arm Microprocessor Built out of Plastic

Posted by in categories: internet, materials

Truly bendable devices pave the way for the Internet of Everything.


Researchers have shown that it is possible to use plastics to create a working Arm microprocessor, creating a new world for truly flexible electronics spanning multiple sectors.

Jul 22, 2021

Flexible computer processor is the most powerful plastic chip yet

Posted by in categories: computing, food, internet

Flexible computer processors have circuits printed onto plastic film.

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Could a flexible processor stuck on your produce track the freshness of your cantaloupe? That’s the idea behind the latest processor from UK computer chip designer Arm, which says such a device could be manufactured for pennies by printing circuits directly onto paper, cardboard or cloth. The technology could give trillions of everyday items such as clothes and food containers the ability to collect, process and transmit data across the internet – something that could be as convenient for retailers as it is concerning for privacy advocates.

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Jul 22, 2021

Major outage hits major websites as 911 goes down in multiple cities

Posted by in categories: finance, habitats, internet

A major internet outage has affected the websites of major retail, financial, logistics and travel websites, while 911 service in several Virginia cities appears to be affected by a cut fiber optic cable.

Down Detector, a service that detects whether websites are working properly or not, began reporting a series of at least 50 major website outages shortly before 12pm EST on Thursday.

The websites of UPS, Delta Air Lines, Costco, American Express and Home Depot were down, displaying domain name system (DNS) service errors.

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Jul 19, 2021

Japan Sets New Record for Internet Speed at 319 Terabits per Second

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The basic assumption, and it’s proven to be a good one, is that more people will want to send more stuff over the internet tomorrow, Tuesday, or in ten years. We may not know how many people or what stuff exactly, but growth has generally been a good guess.

To meet tomorrow’s demands, we have to start building a more capable internet today. And by we, I mean researchers in labs around the world. So it is that each year we’re duly notified of a new eye-watering, why-would-we-need-that speed record.

In August of last year, a University College London (UCL) team, set the top mark at 178 terabits per second. Now, a year later, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) say they’ve nearly doubled the record with speeds of 319 terabits per second.

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