Intel invests in InfiniBand chip developer News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment Mellanox Technologies Ltd., which develops ICs for the InfiniBand architecture, has raised $25.7 million from Intel and others in a second round of venture funding. The year-old firm earlier received $7.6 million from venture capitalists.
Fee flap puts brake on auto data bus News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment The auto industry's data bus of the future faces a critical challenge over the next few weeks, as members of an industry consortium decide whether to pay royalties to the technology's developers.
EDA startup turns to Angels for funding News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment Per Ljung was about to ask a roomful of strangers for a million dollars, and he was pretty nervous. "The first few minutes are the hardest," said the tall Swede, who was seeking funds for his San Francisco-based startup, Coyote Systems.
Mobile users get burned News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment Intel's introduction of a 1-GHz processor marked a milestone in more ways than one: The new desktop processor is exactly twice the speed of Intel's best mobile processor. The mobile performance gap has been growing slowly over the past few years, but recent announcements have stretched it into a chasm. Despite Intel's fervent claims that "the performance vs. mobility compromise is now obsolete," there are no signs that the gap will close.
Startups stake claims to datacasting over DTV spectrum News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment At least three new service providers and two spectrum resellers are staking claims to slices of the 6 MHz of digital TV spectrum for new businesses in data broadcasting, promising to make datacasting a hot topic at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting, which starts in Las Vegas April 8. However, technical, business and regulatory issues lie ahead for the companies trying to build a home for data on over-the-air digital-TV real estate.
China may follow its own terrestrial HDTV path News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment China has moved closer to adopting its own HDTV standard with the announcement that it will launch a set of terrestrial specs based on technologies that reflect the convergence of TV, telecommunications and computers.
ATSC mulls digital-TV spec revision News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment Regulators reacted cautiously this week to reports that the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) would revisit the divisive issue of whether to include an alternative modulation scheme in the U.S. digital TV standard.
VSIA sets standard for high-level descriptions News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment With the intent of making system-level models of virtual components (VCs) more available and usable, the Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) has released a new documentation standard. The system-level interface (SLIF) standard provides for a complete description of VC communication at various levels of abstraction.
Cellular world girds for Internet-era overhaul News & Analysis 3/31/2000 Post a comment The coalition of companies that make up the Mobile Wireless Internet Forum hopes to draft a reference architecture based on the Internet Protocol for cellular networks before the end of the year. Sun Microsystems, meanwhile, will roll out a fresh spin of its Jini software in June tailored to deliver data services over cellular handsets.
Startup plans Linux-based PLC News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment Acting on Web-site feedback from automation engineers, startup Control.com Inc. has announced plans to do what no industrial supplier has dared before develop a Linux-based programmable logic controller.
TSMC ups capacity with 8-inch Tainan fab News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. officially opened its Fab 6 in Tainan in southern Taiwan on Thursday (March 30). The 8-inch wafer fabrication facility sports what may well be the largest clean room in the world, at some 190,000 square feet. The first of six fabs TSMC is planning for the Tainan Industrial Park, it is part of a $4.4 billion capacity expansion program for this year that is expected to help double TSMC's sales, to $5 billion or more, in 2000, TSMC chairman Morris Chang said.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.