Iridium acquires in-flight phone company, gains funding News & Analysis 12/24/1998 Post a comment Iridium LLC capped the calendar year with a series of announcements today (Dec. 23) to promote the viability of its low-earth orbit satellite communication service. The Iridium partnership acquired in-flight phone specialist Claircom Communications Group Inc. (Seattle) for $65 million, and received additional financing that it expects will carry it to the break-even point.
ADI circuit powers 3Com modems News & Analysis 12/23/1998 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. calls the "Winmodem" AD1806 chip, introduced last week, the most integrated modem part it's ever built. The single-chip data pump builds PCI-based controller-less modems for data, fax and voice transmission. Built to 3Com Corp.'s specifications, it is expected to account for more than 40 percent of the modems 3Com sells this year.
DynaChip ships third-generation FPGA family News & Analysis 12/23/1998 Post a comment DynaChip Corp. has begun shipping its third generation of FPGAs targeting the high end of the market. The family arrives as DynaChip watches competitors such as Xilinx Inc. beginning to encroach on its high-speed niche.
HP PCs to standardize on 3Com NICs, modems News & Analysis 12/23/1998 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Tuesday (Dec. 22) that it will standardize on 3Com Corp. LAN network interface cards and modems for its entire line of personal computers. No dollar value was placed on the pact.
SanDisk flash replaces drives in Intermec PCs News & Analysis 12/22/1998 Post a comment SanDisk Corp. will supply Intermec Technologies Corp. with 60-megabyte FlashDrives for use in Intermec's industrial PCs in a deal that highlights a trend to replace standard disk drives with solid-state flash memory.
Foreign chip suppliers make inroads in Japan News & Analysis 12/22/1998 Post a comment Foreign chip makers owned 33.9 percent of the Japanese semiconductor market in the second quarter of 1998, marking the second highest share on record for foreign suppliers, according to the U.S. Trade Representative office.
FCC faces congressional scrutiny News & Analysis 12/22/1998 Post a comment The Federal Communications Commission will come in for renewed congressional scrutiny in 1999 as lawmakers consider changes to the FCC's rules and to the agency itself.
STMicro buys Vision Group News & Analysis 12/22/1998 Post a comment STMicroelectronics Inc. will purchase Vision Group plc (Edinburgh, Scotland), a CMOS image sensor supplier, for about $39.08 million in an effort to further its system-on-a-chip strategy, the company said.
Court bars U.S. sale of power devices by Samsung News & Analysis 12/22/1998 Post a comment The U.S. federal district court in Los Angeles is preparing an order for a preliminary injunction that would bar Samsung Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) from selling any of its planar power MOSFET or SenseFET devices in the United States. The injunction is being prepared as Samsung's parent company, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announced its intent to sell its power semiconductor division to Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.
Opinion: Impeachment and the Internet News & Analysis 12/21/1998 Post a comment The criminalization of American politics is complete. The impeachment of Bill Clinton over the wishes of a majority of the American people ushers in a new and dismal era of deepest cynicism and the decline of participatory government. The ruling class knows what's best for America, the electorate be damned.
Ikos Announces New Board Members News & Analysis 12/21/1998 Post a comment Cupertino, Calif.--Dec. 18, 1998--Ikos Systems, Inc. (Cupertino) announced that it has added two new members to the company's board of directors. The new Directors are Jackson ...
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times