internet of things

Controlling Color Lights With ZigBee – How Hard Can It Be?

How hard can it be to control color LEDs using ZigBee?  It may sound simple, but it’s fraught with hidden difficulties. ZigBee is a low-power, low-data rate wireless standard for control and monitoring that allows us to control large numbers of lamps with battery-powered remote controls and also to link Read More

Posted by Colin Faulkner  /   October 30, 2013  /   Posted in Featured, Home and building automation, Interface and connectivity, Lighting, Portable devices, Social, Wireless infrastructure  /   2 Comments

Happy 55th birthday to the Microchip!

55 years ago this week the world’s first integrated circuit, or microchip, was successfully demonstrated. It is impossible to describe the impact the technology has had without resorting to superlatives. It was quite simply one of the most transformative technological advances ever – ultimately ushering in the information age. The Read More

Posted by Martijn van der Linden  /   September 17, 2013  /   Posted in Corporate, Events  /   No Comments

Is the Connected Home being held back by too many standards?

People, pundits and hi-tech companies have been raving about the ‘Connected Home’ for many years now. The necessary technologies were developed some time ago, and products based on these technologies are widely used in other applications: wireless connectivity, smart cards, RFID, smart lighting and more. So why is the Connected Read More

Posted by Robert O'Neill  /   August 26, 2013  /   Posted in Innovation Trends, Lighting drivers and controller ICs, MCUs Featured, Microcontrollers  /   No Comments

Connected Home Security Scare

The Black Hat security conferences are now a permanent fixture in the tech media calendar due to the guaranteed scare stories they will uncover. Last week’s 2013 event proved a vintage year due to the perfect storm as security scare and toilet humour converged with the news that connected toilets Read More

Posted by NXP Staff  /   August 09, 2013  /   Posted in MCUs, Microcontrollers, Trends  /   4 Comments

A brief history of billion-selling birthday boy GreenChip

NXP’s GreenChip technology has recently turned 15 years old over which time it’s been shipped well over a billion times. It’s transformed how we power electronics by introducing new levels of energy efficiency – earning its green moniker – while also introducing a new generation of super smart lighting. But Read More

Posted by NXP Staff  /   July 15, 2013  /   Posted in Computing, Featured, Home and building automation, Lighting, Lighting drivers and controller ICs, Power management  /   No Comments