Sony sees robotic pets as next consumer gold mine News & Analysis 11/27/1998 Post a comment Just as a dog is a man's best friend, for Toshi Doi an "entertainment robot" is more than a pet project. The corporate vice president of Sony Corp. says he is "creating a new industry" out of electronic dogs and cats, toys that he sees serving as both a technology playground and, potentially, as a platform for 21st century consumer electronics.
Analysis: Intel regroups to strengthen StrongARM News & Analysis 11/27/1998 Post a comment After a year of uncertainty, the embedded StrongARM processor has found a home with its new parent, Intel Corp., which is scheduled to have its first home-grown version of the processor ready by the second half of 1999.
HP's mentoring project grows international in size News & Analysis 11/27/1998 Post a comment When Nancy Merchant's high-school-level CAD students at Sabin Skills Center in the North Clackamas School District wanted to develop a new product, they turned to a mentor from Hewlett-Packard Co.'s New Product Introduction Group.
ICE forecasts flat semiconductor market for 1999 News & Analysis 11/27/1998 Post a comment There will be virtually no semiconductor revenue growth for 1999, according to the just-released Status 1999 forecast report by Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp. ICE estimates worldwide total semiconductor sales will remain flat at $120 billion to $121 billion for both 1998 and 1999.
Open-source movements get behind GNU EDA tools News & Analysis 11/25/1998 Post a comment The open-source software movement is bearing its first fruits in the EDA world, where several individuals and companies are offering tools under the Free Software Foundation's GNU Public License (GPL). Such software can be freely used, modified and distributed, bypassing the high price tags for commercial EDA tools.
Nippon Signal brings compact laser scanner to light News & Analysis 11/25/1998 Post a comment Nippon Signal Co. Ltd. has brought blue and violet lasers closer to the broad commercial viability that has eluded them by perfecting an indispensable counterpart to the laser: a mirror that reflects the laser beam in the desired direction. Using monocrystalline silicon micro-optical technology, the company claims to have achieved a laser scanner that has less than one-tenth the bulk and less than one-hundredth the power consumption of some existing devices.
MPEG-4 project in Europe achieves wavelet silicon News & Analysis 11/25/1998 Post a comment An MPEG-4 multimedia research program at the Interuniversities Microelectronics Center (IMEC) has achieved working silicon on a wavelet-compression-based visual texture-coding chip. Called Ozone, the chip could become a key intellectual-property (IP) core for third-generation mobile terminals.
Micro Linear power controller supports UL safety requirement News & Analysis 11/25/1998 Post a comment The ML4827 controller for power-factor-corrected (PFC), switched-mode power supplies released today (Nov. 25) by Micro Linear Corp. includes circuitry to provide conformance to the safety requirements of UL1950. UL1950 requires that no unsafe condition may result from the failure of any single circuit component in a system.
Digital-TV patent pool draws fire in Europe News & Analysis 11/24/1998 Post a comment As European broadcasters this month begin airing terrestrial digital-TV signals, the issue of intellectual-property rights related to the Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial (DVB-T) standard is raising hackles among industry leaders here.
Outspoken engineer goes to bat for IEEE-USA News & Analysis 11/24/1998 Post a comment Former IEEE president Merrill Buckley Jr. is back. The retired RCA engineering manager was elected president of IEEE-USA and lost no time in speaking out for the U.S. engineer. He thinks at least some of the current industry layoffs can be attributed to increased levels of immigration.
Conference to feature Taiwan chip industry News & Analysis 11/24/1998 Post a comment OEMs will get a chance to meet the movers and shakers of Taiwan's bustling chip industry up close and in person at a major semiconductor conference and trade mission to be held at the Santa Clara Westin Hotel from Dec. 9-10.
Analysis: White knight Tyco rescues AMP News & Analysis 11/24/1998 Post a comment Four months after AlliedSignal Inc. launched an attempt to buy connector giant AMP Inc. for $44.50 per share, or $10 billion, Tyco International Ltd. has stepped in to buy AMP for $51 a share, or $11.3 billion. The boards of both companies approved the deal, which is expected to close in early 1999.