Oticon Licenses and Deploys CEVA Bluetooth Low Energy Technology in Breakthrough Hearing Aid

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 23, 2016 — CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing IP for smarter, connected devices, today announced Oticon, the world’s leading innovator of BrainHearing™ technology has licensed and deployed the RivieraWaves Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology for use as part of the Bluetooth implementation in its recently announced Oticon Opn™ hearing aid.

Oticon Opn combines breakthrough technologies to “help people with hearing loss hear better, with less effort and better recall” including the innovative TwinLink™ technology which incorporates both binaural processing & direct connectivity into a single hearing aid design. This unique combination of binaural processing and 2.4 GHz Bluetooth connectivity is developed by Oticon as a dedicated hearing aid solution and allows the new Opn hearing aid to directly connect to external Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones, TVs and more. The connectivity element that enables direct connectivity to external Bluetooth-enabled devices is utilizing technology components developed by CEVA. Visit Oticon Opn for more information on its exciting new features and functionalities.

“Bluetooth low energy is a critical, differentiating feature of our Opn hearing aid, allowing our customers to directly connect and stream audio between their Bluetooth-enabled devices for a significantly enhanced user experience,” said Finn Möhring, VP of R&D at Oticon. “We chose CEVA’s RivieraWaves BLE technology as an important component of the Bluetooth connectivity solution of Opn due to its winning combination of market leadership, quality of IP and excellent technical support.”

“We are pleased to announce Oticon as a licensee for our RivieraWaves BLE IP and delighted to see the launch of their Opn hearing aid,” said Aviv Malinovitch, vice president and general manager of the Connectivity Business Unit at CEVA. “Oticon is incorporating our BLE IP technology at very low power consumption and we applaud their success in bringing this to market.”

The RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms consist of a hardware baseband controller, plus a feature-rich software protocol stack. For Bluetooth Low Energy, this protocol stack encompasses the Link Layer up to the GAP/GATT plus a comprehensive set of Services and Profiles. For Bluetooth Dual Mode, this protocol stack presents an industry standard HCI interface. A flexible radio interface allows the platform to be deployed with either RivieraWaves RF or various partners’ RF IP, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node.

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About Oticon

Oticon is one of the most innovative hearing device manufacturers with more than 110 years of experience putting the needs of people with hearing loss first. Oticon has spearheaded a number of technological breakthroughs which have made a significant difference for people with hearing loss. Oticon’s “brain first” audiological focus recognizes that speech understanding and comprehension are cognitive processes that happen in the brain. Oticon’s innovative BrainHearing™ technology is helping to provide better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the clearest, purest sound signals to decode. Oticon designs and manufactures hearing solutions for adults and specialized pediatric instruments. People First is Oticon’s strongest and most valued commitment to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively. For more information visit: www.oticon.global.

About CEVA, Inc.

CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing IP for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT. Our ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure and machine-to-machine devices, computer vision and computational photography for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For connectivity, we offer the industry’s most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac up to 4×4) and serial storage (SATA and SAS). Visit us at www.ceva-dsp.com and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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E-cast: Fog Computing is the Future of the Industrial IoT

In the last century, transportation, medical, power, and industrial systems were built from individual devices, typically programmed one at a time. The Industrial IoT (IIoT) will change all that. The IIoT transforms isolated programmable devices into intelligent networks of connected machines. Examples abound, including autonomous cars, intelligent drones, smart grid power systems, automated air traffic control, connected medical devices, and robotic oil drilling.

Presented by: RTI

<p><i>Speaker(s): Dr. Stan Schneider (CEO, RTI)</p>

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Sensing, connectivity, and control advances fuel IIoT designs

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises to deliver a step change in efficiency and a leap towards autonomy for industrial automation and other sectors, such as security and surveillance and building management. The prospect of self-monitoring, self-managing factories and manufacturing processes is no longer beyond the distant horizon. The ability to remotely identify, monitor, and control every individual device on a manufacturing process network with minimal or no human intervention offers opportunities that were beyond comprehension just a decade ago – even in the eyes of engineers working at the very forefront of industrial manufacturing technology. At the core of achieving the IIoT’s true potential will be the effective interplay and connection of sensing, computing, and control technologies in robust, energy-efficient implementations.

Successful IIoT design and management can mean continuously optimized efficiency, reduced operating costs, and more resilient self-learning processes. At the fulcrum of this are a number of semiconductor technologies on offer and in development at some of the world’s top electronic component manufacturers.

The key drivers in the IIoT are more measurement of an expanding number of parameters, fast and extensive analysis of and reactions to data, and accelerated enhancements to processes.

Vision-based sensing and energy harvesting

Sensors are at the heart of the IIoT, gathering more and more data. But to measure more, we need to sense more – more parameters, more accurately, and more often. Overlaying software on established technologies can bring incremental gains, but to make the necessary advances we need to add more parameters with accuracy. Each additional parameter can make the system smarter.

Sensor technology to measure “traditional” parameters, such as temperature, light, position, level, humidity, and pressure, continues to advance. But despite becoming smaller, more cost-effective, and often embedded, each sensor is dedicated and, hence, limited in its functionality and versatility. Vision-based sensing enables a new paradigm. Corollary to the concept of “a picture is worth a thousand words,” once a machine can “see,” much more is possible much faster.

With vision sensing, programmability brings flexibility, enabling a single vision system to sense missing or misplaced components and other process variables. The trend towards vision-based sensing – both still and video – will make future systems more intelligent, flexible, and ultimately more valuable.

Current advances in machine vision, in many situations, can provide better sight than the human eye. Coupled with the reduction in risks associated with human error, it enables a new degree of adaptability and speed for reconfigurable production processes. This could be anything from optimization based on real-time events to the reconfiguration of a system that may allow multiple products to be made on a single line. They only require a simple change from one control program to the next and the system is ready to run. This has obvious cost, time, and labor benefits and reduces the risks associated with error.

However, the distributed nature of the IIoT and the requirement to place multiple sensors at the various points of measurement presents another challenge: the reliable delivery of power.

Successful sensors, especially those utilized in IIoT designs, have four basic attributes: they need to be self-powered, collect data, broadcast their status, and have the ability to connect. Wireless sensors with the ability to harvest energy, i.e. self-powered, are essential if the IIoT is to advance and realize its potential. ON Semiconductor’s energy harvesting, wireless Smart Passive Sensor family, as shown in Figure 1, provides an example of the technology that can meet these requirements. These devices can be used to sense in the most hard to access, space constrained places with no direct power source.

[Figure 1 | ON Semiconductor’s Smart Passive Sensor family are wireless and self-powered]

Being able to harvest power will allow sensors to function autonomously.

Instant access to data

Sensors gather data, and then post-processing and analytics generate valuable information, along with the ability to control our factories and processes.

The processing of large, sustained flows of data associated with real-time sensing for the IIoT is reliant on the cloud. This analysis requires platforms that can store large data sets across distributed clusters; often combining and processing data from many geographically dispersed sources.

Among the many benefits the cloud brings is the removal of barriers in global organizations. For example, a problem in a Chinese smart factory can trigger an almost instantaneous process improvement in a similar factory located somewhere else in the world.

Advances in secure communications and authentication allow mobile devices to connect into these networks, bringing opportunities for instantaneous access to information. Flexible access can then drive value into the business and its relationships with the outside world. In fact, this IT/Operational Technology (OT) integration, as shown in Figure 2, has the potential to bring the greatest benefits to a broad range of industrial-automation applications.

[Figure 2 | IT/OT integration]

Reacting to analyzed data

Many industrial control systems are very sophisticated and require accurate or careful, often rapid, positioning. This could mean anything from the speed and direction of a cooling fan, to a motor or servo that adjusts a valve position, or a stepper motor for linear or angular positioning in a precision task.

Alongside the rapid development of sensing for the IIoT, the actuators and their controllers that provide the physical reactions to gathered, analyzed data are seeing similar advancements. Discrete, component based solutions for motor control are being superseded by advanced integrated power modules that are smaller and more straightforward to implement.

Combining sensing, connectivity, and actuation

Integrated manufacturing processes require a broad range of sensing technologies to be combined with connectivity and actuation, which creates design and expertise challenges. Fully integrated hardware and software development platforms that combine these elements are crucial to help speed and ease the customization of specific functions for adoption into end products. Modularity makes these platforms extensible to new IoT/IIoT functions and devices that are based on new advances, allowing more rapid adoption. Open-source support is also important, since a broad ecosystem and interoperability are crucial for the IoT’s success.

Vision sensing is a good example. From a hardware perspective, this requires video processing capability to implement, as well as image-processing software to interpret the data stream. Similarly, data gathered from energy harvesting wireless sensors must be able to be moved to the cloud (see Figure 3).

[Figure 3 | ON Semiconductor’s IoT Development Kit for Smart Passive sensors allows the movement of sensor data to the cloud for applications development]

Sensors, data processing, and actuators are all significant building blocks of an IIoT application. However, without a means to communicate, share data, and transmit, receive and execute instructions, the IIoT cannot function.

Considering the IIoT’s unique requirements, not all standards and protocols are satisfactory. The technologies suitable for smartphone PANs or single-supplier standards are unlikely to be successful. Instead, it’s important for IIoT platforms to demonstrate flexibility by supporting a broad array of standards, including Thread, SIGFOX, EnOcean, M-BUS, KNX, ZigBee, and proprietary protocols. The adoption of a software-defined radio approach allows a single platform to support multiple protocols. ZigBee and Thread are complementary, and the alliance of the industry organizations behind these protocols should also drive broad adoption within smart home applications.

Thread is an IP-based (IPv6) networking protocol built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud. Security and interoperability are two of Thread’s key value-added capabilities.

Conversely, SIGFOX enables wide-area networks that provide relatively low bandwidth communication with fixed or mobile smart objects or sensors that are deployed over a large area. Example applications for this protocol include the nationwide tracking of shipping containers or vehicles, and communication with geographically spread assets such as smart-city equipment or oil pumps and pipelines.

Wiren Perera is Senior Director of IoT Strategy and Business Development at ON Semiconductor, focusing on the delivery of leadership platform solutions to enable the provisioning of scalable, cloud-based services. Perera holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

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The Thread Group’s Liaison Agreements will benefit the Connected Home

Thread is a networking protocol. Period. This networking technology provides key benefits to the market such as being based on Internet Protocol (IP) for a unified convergence layer across all networks in the home; supporting low-power operation for extended battery life; implementing mandatory security to address privacy and security concerns; and providing a robust network with no single point of failure.

However, there are many other aspects to building an IoT solution that complement the networking layer. The application layer or layers used by an end device is an example of another layer to consider. Many app-layer options are available and can be adapted to run over Thread. While the Thread Group doesn’t define items out of the networking layer, it recognizes that developers of IoT and Smart Home products need to put the entire package together.

Because of this need, the Thread Group partners works with other standards organizations and alliances where it makes sense based on feedback from members and the industry as a whole. the Thread Group currently has several great partnerships in place, with others expected shortly. The goal is simple—to advance the adoption of connected home products worldwide.

The group’s first target has been around the application layer. Hence, liaison agreements are in place with ZigBee, the Open Connectivity Foundation, and the Connected Lighting Alliance.

So, what does a “liaison agreement” really mean, and how will it benefit the industry? A liaison agreement is a formal document and binding legal agreement that directs how two organizations will collaborate to achieve a common goal, identifying and circumscribing for the organizations. The essence of this document is to enable the two organizations to work together on:

  • Technical points of mutual interest such as use cases, integration, demos, interoperability, testing and one-stop certification with the ability to exchange relevant documents with intellectual property protection for each providing organization.
  • Cross-organizational meetings with observer-level participation to develop areas of mutual interest with mutual protection of confidential information, intellectual property, and copyrights.
  • Co-marketing and public relations activities to educate the market and accelerate adaption of the technologies.

With a liaison in place, the Thread Group will work that partner technology will be fully compatible with Thread’s low-power, secure, and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer. As a result, there will eventually be integrated solutions enabling a continuous and seamless product experience.

The current liaisons:

  • The Connected Lighting Alliance: Collaborating on an indoor professional lighting solution.
  • Open Connectivity Forum: Providing compatibility of the OCF application layer with Thread’s wireless mesh network layer to create a fully-functioning connected home framework that’s easy-to-use from setup and configuration, all the way through application-to-application interactions
  • ZigBee Alliance: Providing compatibility between the ZigBee Applications Library and the Thread Group’s IP networking layer to deliver an end-to-end solution for IP-based IoT networks.

What’s the next step for these relationships and for Thread Group overall? The group is working closely with partners to determine and execute on the most immediate actions and will continue to share updates with the design community as they become available. We’ll also continue to form relationships with more leading standards for application layers and other technologies to reduce the fragmentation seen in the IoT space and to enhance the connected home.

Sujata Neidig is the Vice President of Marketing at the Thread Group. She has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. She is also a Business Development Manager responsible for driving NXP’s processors and connectivity leadership and growth in the consumer market. Sujata earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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IoT education startup Hardware Academy launches first joint competition with Intel



London, UK – 26th July 2016: Intel teams up with Hardware Academy to launch the Edison Developer Challenge for IoT developers.

– The 10 best product proposals will receive a free Edison kit and will have 8 weeks to build their prototype.

– Are you a developer or engineer with an idea for an IoT product? Then this is the challenge for you.

– £1,000 cash prize and 3D printing coupon worth £500 for the winning prototype.

London based Hardware Academy, has announced its recent collaboration with Intel to hold the exclusive Intel Edison Developer Challenge, an online competition for IoT developers to bring their ideas to life.

About the competition

Hardware Academy has teamed up with Intel to look for exciting new IoT projects that are developed and built on Intel technology.

The Intel Edison Developer Challenge is looking for IoT developers to submit product proposals with a view to building a new working IoT prototype. The projects are expected to combine the Intel Edison, sensors, gateway, cloud technology and imagination.

The prototype solution should aim to solve a problem associated with managing in the home or office, or an IoT gateway to manage a refrigerated vehicle or factory, or any other scenario where applicants step up to the challenge.

As well as giving developers the chance to work on provided Intel Edison hardware, the winning prototype will be awarded a cash prize of £1000 and £500 worth of 3D printing services (offered by 3D Hubs), and gain valuable exposure on the Intel developer zone.

Applications close on 31.08.2016 and can be submitted through the competition page: http://ift.tt/2bBhQIA[…]

About Hardware Academy

Hardware Academy was founded in 2015 by David Bellisario and Fabiano Bellisario with the aim of helping IoT developers sharpen their knowledge to build disruptive IoT products.

Hardware Academy brings together like-minded individuals giving them the chance to get hands on with some of the industry’s leading technology. Through participating in workshops, seminars and classes, attendees have the privilege of receiving the best technical support directly from the companies developing the technology.

Since its launch last December Hardware Academy ( http://ift.tt/29HmO1w ) has partnered with leading technology providers in the IoT sector to provide professional training to the new generation of IoT developers. The training sessions not only introduce developers to some of the major IoT developer platform such as Intel Edison, Samsung Artik or Nordic nRF52 SoC but also to IoT cloud management platforms such as Microsoft Azure IoT.

With the likes of Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and Nordic Semiconductor taking part, Hardware Academy has already inspired and educated hundreds of IoT enthusiasts who range from beginners to expert engineers and CTO’s of established technology companies.

Founder and CEO David Bellisario emphasises:

“In the ever growing and fast paced hardware industry staying current with the latest technologies can be challenging. Learning new development tools can be a huge setback for anyone trying to update their skills or bring their ideas to life.

Hardware Academy fills that gap giving developers the chance to get hands on with the latest development tools in the IoT sector whilst receiving the best technical support directly from the companies who create the technology”.

“Hardware Academy is all about giving developers the chance to get hands on with the latest technology that can speed up their product development workflow.”

Links

Competition link: http://ift.tt/2bBhQIA[…]

Company website: http://ift.tt/29HmO1w

Contacts

David Bellisario, Co-founder and CEO: david@hardwarestartup.io / +44 (0) 7401792179

Fabiano Bellisario, Co-founder: fabiano@hardwarestartup.io / +44 (0) 7920035495

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Infiswift integrates with Intel to enable faster adoption of IoT technology in the enterprise

Infiswift, an enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader, announces its newest integration with Intel through the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. The partnership integrates Intel’s hardware with infiswift’s software platform, swiftLab, to accelerate the deployment of intelligent devices and systems across various industries. SwiftLab, a powerful, enterprise-grade platform for connecting and managing any devices and cloud services in real-time, will be on display at the Intel Developers Forum 2016 in San Francisco on August 16-18 at booth 116.

“The IoT market is growing at an incredibly rapid pace and no company can do it alone, so Intel created the Internet of Things Solutions Alliance to bring together promising technologies to provide scalable and interoperable solutions that will benefit the industry as a whole,” said Arup Barat, Chief Commercial Officer at infiswift. “We could not be more thrilled that Intel has recognized the potential in infiswift’s highly scalable, secure and cost-effective platform to address the needs of enterprises in energy, agriculture and resource management.”

The swiftLab platform, which is currently available for free for small implementations, enables enterprises to develop, manage and customize connected solutions seamlessly. Various levels of subscription-based access are available for larger projects. SwiftLab allows users to integrate hardware and cloud services quickly, connect any device using any protocol and personalize data analytics and visualization all in one, easy-to-use platform.

“Having worked in the solar and tech industry for almost 20 years and done the due diligence on dozens of connectivity solutions, I know the hurdles we’re up against in trying to implement real-time connectivity at scale,” said Kannan Dorairaj, CEO of infiswift. “No implementation I worked on in the past fully met our needs, so we built and programmed the swiftLab platform from the ground up to provide a truly flexible foundation for enterprise solutions.”

Visit infiswift at the Intel Developers Forum 2016 in San Francisco on August 16-18 at booth 116 to demo swiftLab.

About infiswift

Infiswift is rethinking the enterprise-grade IoT platform by providing the plumbing to connect and manage devices, users and cloud-based services. Its unique architecture enables world-class security and scalability with a powerful development environment and analytics front end for custom implementations. The ultra-lightweight design and extremely efficient operation make it ideal for intermittently connected and power deficient environments that require real-time operation. For more information, visit infiswift.com.

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PubNub to Enable Streaming Visualizations into Power BI Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – PubNub, the world’s leading Data Stream Network for IoT, mobile and web apps, today announced that it has been selected to enable streaming visualizations on Microsoft Power BI, a cloud-based analytics service. The Power BI platform enables business users to directly connect, analyze and gain insights from their business data through a broad selection of easy-to-use dashboards, interactive reports and compelling visualizations. The Power BI realtime streaming data capabilities currently in preview mode, and is free to trial.

While most businesses understand that they would benefit from realtime data visualization, solutions are difficult to build, fragile, and inflexible. Many leading companies still end up waiting for IT teams to run static reports to tell them what went wrong yesterday instead of monitoring a constant flow of data and making decisions and adjustments in realtime.

With the interoperation of the PubNub Data Stream Network to the Power BI platform, users can easily pass streaming data from sensors, logging systems, and more directly into Power BI, enabling them to make better decisions based on actionable realtime data.

Microsoft chose PubNub because of its ability to work seamlessly with Power BI on a global scale, with enterprise-grade security and reliability built into the network. With software development kits (SDKs) for over 70 platforms and languages, PubNub also offers unmatched flexibility to businesses looking to integrate realtime data from a wide variety of mobile, browser, server, and embedded environments.

“Power BI is a leading solution for enterprise data visualization, so we are very excited to collaborate with the Power BI team to incorporate realtime data into every business,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “Our ability to stream massive amounts of realtime data with low latency and unmatched reliability will allow Power BI to enhance their promise of fast, efficient and actionable data visualization.”

“The integration of the PubNub Data Stream Network takes Power BI to the next level,” said Nick Caldwell, General Manager at Microsoft. “With this integration of streaming data, our customers can visualize trends and anomalies in real time and react to problems and opportunities faster.”

The preview version of Power BI will include several powerful new capabilities:

Easy set-up – Connect PubNub data streams to Power BI in seconds.

360-degree view – Create one dashboard with all of your important metrics, whether from your real-time PubNub streams or the 60+ data sources available in Power BI.

Rich visualizations – choose from a number of powerful visualizations for your data, including line charts, gauges, clustered bar charts, and clustered column charts.

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About PubNub

PubNub is a secure global Data Stream Network (DSN) and easy-to-use API that enables its customers to connect, scale, and manage realtime applications and IoT devices. With over 70 SDKs for every platform, 250ms worldwide data transfer times, and scalability for hundreds of millions of devices, PubNub’s unique infrastructure provides the ability to easily connect and operate world-class realtime applications and IoT devices. PubNub is headquartered in San Francisco. Visit PubNub online at www.pubnub.com, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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