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10 07, 2018

Dealing with Disruptive Technologies and the IoT

2018-07-10T07:42:07+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Blog|

It’s a bit of jargon that’s maybe over-used, but if you’re an electronics designer you need to be thinking about so-called disruptive technologies. Why? Well, if you’re not convinced of the impact, ask Kodak about how digital cameras hit their film business. Or talk to Sony about what the iPod did to the Walkman. Or

8 06, 2018

Can the world afford to power IoT?

2018-07-06T10:08:28+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Blog|

One widely reported analysis claims that Bitcoin consumes more than 40 Terrawatt hours per year. That is more energy than we here in Ireland consume in a year. This makes sense – bitcoin operates by getting proof of work. To complete a transaction the miners in the network perform a series of operations. These consume

30 05, 2018

Designing Edge Devices for the IIoT

2018-07-06T10:24:58+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Blog|

For the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the edge of the IoT – where the physical world meets the virtual world of data and the cloud – is perhaps the most important part. It’s here where data is collected and gathered, and also where the action happens. The insights gathered from the cloud are all

24 05, 2018

Do you need to simulate the full chip?

2018-07-06T10:30:19+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Blog|

All chip designers know the importance of making sure our silicon is right first time. But we need to balance that with the reality of finite budgets for development and testing. So where do you draw the line? Ideally, you would test each block rigorously. Then combine them into subsystems that were again tested. Finally,

18 05, 2018

Industrial Computing on the Edge

2018-05-18T06:39:17+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Blog|

As the Internet of Things takes shape, companies are realizing that not everything can, or should be moved to the cloud. For many industrial applications, real-time operation and analog interfacing are crucial. While cloud-based analytics can bring new efficiencies and insights, computing at the edge of the IoT stays fundamental. But if industrial computing needs

11 04, 2018

Time to take small satellites seriously

2018-04-11T12:45:54+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Blog|

S3 Semiconductors attended this years’ Satellite Show in Washington DC from March 12th to 15th.  Our RF Technology lead, Cormac O’Sullivan took some key insights from the show. It’s time to take small satellites seriously! Moving from academic projects or limited mission capability to commercially viable and reliable systems enabled by the new breed of

12 12, 2017

Cutting costs by 80% with custom silicon

2018-07-06T12:31:48+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Blog|

Oil and Gas Industry: custom silicon delivers a better smart valve while cutting costs by 80% Recently, S3 Semiconductors worked with a highly respected supplier of equipment to the oil and gas industry to design a smart control valve. The successful project not only slashed costs but also resulted in a next-generation product that leapfrogged

6 12, 2017

ARM TechCon 2017

2017-12-06T11:29:36+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Blog|

    The ARM TechCon conference is the world’s largest event that deals with ARM technology. It took place in Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, from October 24 to 26. The event consisted of a conference and an exhibition. The conference papers covered silicon design and software development, power-efficiency, industrial & functional safety, trust and

20 11, 2017

How to calculate whether custom ASICs could save you money when designing IIoT devices

2018-07-06T12:36:24+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog|

We’ve previously looked at the technical benefits of using custom integrated circuits when you’re designing, manufacturing and supporting devices destined for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Something we only briefly touched on in that piece was the financial side, noting that custom silicon can be cheaper than the traditional approach of combining tens or

24 10, 2017

Why custom integrated chips are ideal for the IIoT

2017-11-13T13:53:33+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Blog|

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is all about making manufacturing, asset management and other areas of industry more efficient by optimising operations and maintaining equipment proactively. At the heart of the IIoT are large numbers of sensors, detecting the state of a machine or asset, its outputs, and its environs. Coupled to these you