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The Internet of Things

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 27 Oct 2004 00:43:58 -0400

Start-ups jump into next big thing: tiny networked chips

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff

At a renovated textile warehouse near Boston's Fort Point Channel,
where 50 employees of Ember Corp. are moving this month from cramped
quarters next door, young engineers are busy lining the walls with 600
wireless sensor nodes -- each containing a low-powered radio frequency
microchip mounted on a printed circuit board.

Technologists at Ember and a batch of other start-ups on both coasts
believe such 'mesh networks' with their 'radios' -- tiny chips just
seven millimeters long and seven millimeters wide -- will be the next
big thing in the high-tech world, wirelessly ferrying data between
hundreds of sensors throughout homes, factories, and office buildings.


Ethernet Creator Evangelizes on New Networking Revolution

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff

WALTHAM -- Bob Metcalfe -- inventor, entrepreneur, pundit, and
venture capitalist -- is just back from Europe and jet-lagged.

Padding about the immaculate offices of Polaris Venture Partners, his
current base of operation, Metcalfe enters a conference room in a
white business shirt and sandals and begins expounding on his latest
technology crusade: a 'system on a chip,' which will form the
backbone of the coming wireless sensor networking revolution.

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