DVD ruling could delay managed copy rollouts News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
Costs cast ICs into Darwinian struggle News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The IC business is fast becoming unaffordable for all but the wealthiest chip makers. The trend will become even more pronounced starting at 45-nm manufacturing, some industry observers predict.
Omron Semi to launch foundry services News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Japan's Omron Corp. Friday (March 30) completed its acquisition of Seiko Epson's chip fab, Yasu Semiconductor Corp., which it plans to relaunch as a foundry for nonvolatile memory and logic.
PMC-Sierra shuts R&D sites News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Comms-chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs -- or 15 percent of its total work force -- and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Dell primes for battle in China News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment As its main markets mature and growth sputters, Dell Inc. is making a more concerted effort to tap into the higher growth in PC sales outside the U.S. It will be tough to pull off.
Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
Dell probe finds 'evidence of misconduct' News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Dell late Thursday announced it would delay filing its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to wrap up the inquiry by the audit committee of the company's board.
Cheaper avenue to 65 nm? News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and spin-off company Focal Point Microsystems claim to have devised a cheaper, easier way to pattern at the 65-nm node.
Signal source analyser improves on throughput and precision News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Agilent Technologies has introduced an enhanced model of its E5052A signal source analyser. The 10 MHz to 7 GHz E5052B features a tenfold improvement in measurement throughput and more precise analysis functions than its predecessor, as well as a better performance in clock jitter measurement.
IMEC may have misrepresented but claims victory in court case News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Research organization IMEC vzw (Leuven, Belgium) "may have been negligent in its representations towards third parties" in dealings that have been examined in a long-running legal case, according to IMEC in a statement. However, the recently concluded trial also ruled that "no damages to the shareholders of Rose Research have been caused by IMEC," IMEC also said.
What is Imperas thinking? News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment One of the most secretive startups in the EDA space (or is it embedded software?) is Imperas Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.). A presentation at this week's Multicore Expo may reveal some of their thinking.
Solar gear market shines News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The total market for commercial solar cell production equipment will grow from revenues of $1.2 billion in 2006 to $4.5 billion in 2010, according to The Information Network, a New Tripoli, Penn.-based market research company.
ST, China ICT to co-develop Loongson-based chips News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment The Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and STMicroelectronics NV have agreed to work together on the development and commercialization of processors based on Loongson-2E processor intellectual property (IP) core developed by ICT.
China LCD maker struggles to survive News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
Magma to pay Synopsys $12.5 million to settle suit News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment EDA software providers Synsopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have said they have agreed to settle all pending litigation between them. As part of the deal Magma has agreed to make a payment to Synopsys of $12.5 million.
ip.access, Tatara partner on femtocell designs News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Femtocell and picocell specialist ip.access and Tatara Systems, which specializes in mobile services convergence platforms, have sealed a partnership that will see ip.access’ Oyster 3G femtocells integrated with Tatara's platforms.
Judge rules against DVD consortium News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (March 29) a startup's media server does not violate the Content Scramble System (CSS) security technology used to protect DVD disks because the standard licensing contract and specifications for the technology are so poorly worded.
China Netcom win boosts A/V codec News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment China Netcom, one of China's major wired-telecom companies, will implement a homegrown A/V codec in its fledgling Internet Protocol television network this year.
Fake components delay designs in Israel News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment Israeli designers, fed up with long component lead times, are buying counterfeits from China, sources said. The result is a high failure rate of designs, and lost sales at several companies.
MEMS device controls human cells News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment MIT researchers have developed a microelectromechanical system they claim will allow biologists to manipulate the distance between human cells in laboratory experiments.
ESD protection array has eight diodes in small package News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment The VESD05A8A-HNH ESD protection array integrates eight diodes in the very small, leadless LLP1713 package. With a low profile of 0.55 mm, it is designed to provide ESD protection while saving board space in portable electronics for mobile computing, mobile communication, consumer, industrial, automotive, and medical applications.
ASML sets up scholarship fund to honor chairman News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment ASML Holding NV has set up a scholarship fund in conjunction with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as a tribute to Henk Bodt, who retires after 12 years as Chairman of the lithography maker's supervisory board.
Fake components delay designs in Israel News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment Fake components are delaying several design projects in Israel. According to sources who spoke with EETimes Europe , the fake components, mostly from China, will lead to lost sales at several companies due to the delays.
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.