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Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Networks, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Vibration Analysis for Predictive Maintenance (PDM)

Vibration Analysis for Predictive Maintenance (PDM)

One of the major challenges while dealing with heavy machineries is to keep them running for as much time as possible or say to reduce the down time to increase productivity. If a machine breaks down during scheduled operating hours, it can bear huge financial losses. But few machines are operated with a goal to let it run for as long as it can. Once it fails or malfunctions, it is repaired/replaced. This is called Corrective Maintenance. But for most machines, operating it till it fails is not an option. To avoid failures, maintenance is scheduled at regular intervals. This is called Preventive Maintenance. It is costly and requires a lot of resources. But with the advent of sensor, IIoT and cloud technologies, now the actual condition of machines can be monitored continuously and maintenances can be done when truly needed. This is called Predictive Maintenance (PdM). It is much more efficient and hence most cost-effective as well. The process by which PdM is done is called Condition Monitoring....

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Semiconductor |

Building Physical and Digital Competencies for Enterprise Growth

Building Physical and Digital Competencies for Enterprise Growth

Change is the only constant and it is our only way forward; probably this is why we have been constantly digitizing almost everything we consume. Compact discs (CDs) took over the traditional audio cassettes back in the early 90s and since we have been storing and listening to music in the digital format. Our books have become eBooks. Online content channels stream our favorite TV shows and movies on a single click. Today, businesses and enterprises have started adopting digitization to deliver enhanced customer experiences. By adopting an extremely data-driven approach, these companies are able to design and constantly fine-tune the customer experience. But does that mean a digital change is the only way to fight industrial disruption? No. Merely embracing the change wouldn’t help enterprises ace the race. A strong technology background, an in-depth understanding of physical as well as digital competencies, and finally leveraging the digital assets would account for a well-equipped structure. NikeiD can be looked upon as a great example of building physical and digital...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Wireless |

More Apps for the Wearable Ecosystem

More Apps for the Wearable Ecosystem

Most of us have gone through a phase of aggressively chasing the insect with a snake. Left, right, up, and down keys pushed animatedly to beat scores amongst our small circle of friends. With every new phone release, we have all waited in anticipation of a new, more updated version of the games with ‘edgier’ graphics. This was the era of Nokia and the game ‘snake’ that consumed everyone’s attention. Our expectations and imaginations were contained in the few apps that were preloaded on the phone. The world of phones has seen a rapid evolution in the last couple of years. Big players like Apple and Samsung, have revolutionised the way we interact with our phones. They have almost become an extension of our physical selves, making it almost impossible for most of us to live without them. With advancements in technology, they have made devices such as the camera and Tomtom GPS redundant. Compressing the functionality of these devices into one unit has simplified life and made content...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Enterprise Mobility, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices |

Modular Smartphones in Market

Modular Smartphones in Market

Almost 18 month back, I had written a blog on Project Ara. Google (Motorola Mobility) launched Project Ara to develop modular smartphones with the announcement of Fairphone 2 (module/customizable) in December 2015. Neither Project Ara based phone nor Fairphone 2 phone are yet to hit the market, though the latter has sold 40,000 units of pre-ordered phones. LG has demonstrated its interesting modular smart phone LG G5 in MWC 2016 and launched it in February 2016. Similar to Module Developer Kit (MDK) of Google Project Ara, LG has released SDK and MDK for G5 to build its own market place for G5 modules [LG calls them LG Friends] Of course, LG G5 is not truly modular like expected Project Ara device. However, LG G5 is capable of morphing itself to another device such as digital camera and extending itself as a VR Control, Smart remote control through Accessories, “LG Friends”. Since there are details of LG G5 on Internet, I will not provide a complete review and details of...

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices |

Vulkan: New Phase of Graphics Interfaces?

Vulkan: New Phase of Graphics Interfaces?

The 1970’s saw the birth of the specialized graphic chips to be used as part of the early video games hardware. The technology has been evolving since then. The need to use proprietary driver and interfaces for the software attached to the hardware Software on this hardware had to use proprietary driver with proprietary interfaces which was making maintenance expensive and causing delays in deployment. Some of the graphics chips launched in the early 1990s were Fujitsu’s MB14241, TI TMS34010, IBM8514, and Sharp X68000. Each of these chips had its own software interfaces and it was a time that saw an increase in the number of graphics hardware in the market. To enable easy migration from one hardware to another and for ease of maintenance of software, IRIS GL API was defined and developed by Silicon Graphics. IRIS GL API eventually became OpenGL APIs. IRIS GL API abstracted and supported only those features that were supported by hardware. IRIS GL API evolved to become OpenGL API that supported features...

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Networks, Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Narrowband-IOT: Enabling ultra-low cost IoT devices over cellular wireless

Narrowband-IOT: Enabling ultra-low cost IoT devices over cellular wireless

Cellular wireless communication is on the threshold of its 5th generation of evolution. From diverse region-specific standards in its 1st generation during the late 1970’s, the industry across the world has come together under the aegis of 3GPP for LTE as a unified 4th generation standard adopted today. The focus of services offered has evolved from being voice centric to pure packet data where voice is also offered over a packet network in VoLTE. With increasing relevance of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), 3GPP has recognized the need to enable ultra-low cost wireless devices serviced by ubiquitous cellular networks. The result is Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), a variant of LTE technology that is being specified in Release 13 of 3GPP. LTE has been optimized for high bandwidth performance, during its evolution, till Release 12 of 3GPP specifications. Devices with capability ranging from 1 Mbps up to 450 Mbps of data throughput are supported but overheads are high for devices which should handle low data rates. Notable is the need for...

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