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Quintic's Chipset Is Optimized for Wearable Tech

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NadineJ
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good timing
NadineJ   12/28/2013 8:16:35 PM
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This is very cool.  Proximity applications are becoming very important.  It's good to see components that enable this evolving.  Bluetooth technology is a big part of this revolution.

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Re: good timing
AnandY   12/30/2013 7:32:25 AM
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This is great news for the hardware designers who create wearable technology as it adds more value and capacity to the gadgets. According to surveys conducted by sites, wearable technology is going to be an integral part of future computing and it is developments like these that are going to drive that growth in the right direction.

AnandY
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Re: time for apps to catch up
AnandY   12/30/2013 8:02:01 AM
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Even though a lot of work is being done on the hardware design of wearable technology, as highlighted by Elizabeth (thanks for this piece) the development of apps to run on these devices, especially when it comes to scalable design, is still lagging behind. Most of the apps that I have sampled don't display as well on wearable devices as they do on other larger mobile devices such as Smartphones.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/31/2013 12:42:17 AM
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When I was a member of an emerging technologies research group from 2003 to 2008, We were creating advance concept prototypes of Body-Area Network [BAN] and Personal Area Network [PAN] components of wearable systems.   The biggest challenge in architecting these systems was the fact that each individual component required its own separate power-source, and accordingly, its own CPU, coupled to its energy source.  Of course, we had to leverage what was available at the time; low power CPUs designed specifically for these advanced applications simply did not exist. During that period, it was the IC's that needed to catch-up to the HW concepts.  A perfect example of the leap-frog profile of multi-disciplinary technology growth, over time.

NadineJ
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NadineJ   12/31/2013 1:40:58 AM
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That's a good point. It will be challenging to design attractive apps these smaller devices. 

Symbols and pictures are mandatory.  Visual communication is more important than the written word online.

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a.saji   12/31/2013 10:19:24 AM
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@Nadine: Yes pictures can express more than what words can tell.         

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   1/2/2014 9:07:36 AM
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Yes, NadineJ, this type of technology will become more ubiquitous and components to specifically supoprt its development I'm sure are welcomed by engineers. There probably will be more specialized components in this space to come.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   1/2/2014 10:01:02 AM
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Yes, I agree, AanandY, and as I said in my previous comment, there likely will be more wearable technology-specific components available in the future that will be optimized for the development of this type of technology.

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Cabe Atwell   5/5/2014 11:25:03 PM
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Sounds like a great addition for the IoT as well, being as small and affordable as it is. 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/6/2014 3:28:26 AM
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I think so, too, Cabe. You nailed the key design points--a small footprint at a reasonable price. These types of technology will prove to be key IoT enablers.

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