Maxon sterilisable motors and gearheads target medical technology Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Traditional compressed air drives used in medical technology are gradually being replaced by electrical ones. They are more flexible to use, very easy to regulate, more hygienic and not least, do not make the shrill noise that terrifies so many patients. maxon motor is responding to this trend by offering a wide range of sterilisable motors and gearheads.
Aluminum-nitride startup raises $8.9 million News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment HexaTech Inc., a company developing and producing single crystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates for electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, said it has closed an $8.9 million financing round.
Amended lawsuit filed against Merix News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Pc board maker Merix Corp. announced Thursday (Dec. 1) that the plaintiff in the previously filed securities class action lawsuit against the company and four of its officers has filed an amended suit, alleging violations of federal securities laws.
Xbox reloaded News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment As it launches the Xbox 360 videogame console, Microsoft Corp. faces a gargantuan supply chain challenge.
The company is ramping production to millions of units a month at three contract manufacturers in China. From there, the software giant is shipping consoles by boat simultaneously to three regions of the world, so as to stage a coordinated launch in Europe, Japan and North America over the course of only 18 days, from late November through early December. In doing so, Microsoft is break
My last Sony News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment One night about eight years ago, I went around the house counting the number of Sony-branded products I owned. Among them was my first TV--a 17-inch Trinitron. It still worked after 17 years. I also found that slim metallic cassette Walkman that fit in my pocket while powder skiing back in the late '80s. In my office was a new, superslim Vaio 505 notebook with a magnesium alloy chassis. It never crashed.
EMS finds traction in automotive sector News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment There's good news for EMS providers seeking new avenues for revenue growth: During the next five years, automotive electronics suppliers expect to more than double their spending on contract manufacturing.
Moving up the tech ladder News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Kia Tong Tan remembers what happened 10 years ago, when Singapore-based massage machine maker Osim International began out- sourcing its simplest manufacturing to China. The small electric handheld massagers Osim outsourced weren't always made well, and the reject ratio was quite high.
Soft launch for China RoHS in July News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Shanghai, China - China is making progress toward introduction of its version of the European Union’s RoHS directive but the timeline for eliminating the use of hazardous materials will lag Europe's.
Infrastructure, suppliers play catch-up in Vietnam News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Though growing, Vietnam's electronics exports remain small. It is expected to export $1.5 billion worth of electronics products this year, up 7.1 percent from 2004, according to the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association. By comparison, in 2004 neighboring Thailand exported roughly $30 billion in electronics and the Philippines $27 billion.
Keeping track of the package News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment For some demanding OEMs, a simple yes/no certificate of compliance with environmental regulations from the supplier is not enough. They want to know the materials composition of all the hazardous substances in a component, and those not in the component, including detailed information on the packaging house that packaged a particular part. And for good reason: When it comes to reporting material content for environmental compliance, not all packages are the same.
Disaster planning News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment As Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the U.S. Gulf Coast in August, Mike Haikola was glued to the television and to the Internet.It wasn't just plain curiosity. As head of business continuity for the Americas at Solectron Corp., a leading EMS provider, Haikola is charged with ensuring that operations from Canada to Brazil keep running, come hell or high water. "The second a tropical storm starts in the Caribbean, my group is monitoring every weather organization we can find," Haikola said.
New Dragon, quiet roar News & Analysis 12/1/2005 1 comment Sometime next year, the world's largest laser printer factory will open. At full capacity, it will turn out 8 million units a year, all for export, and be the source for one-third of all laser printers sold globally.
Going green: the OEM's challenge News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment With the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) deadline less than a year away, pressure is building on OEMs to identify the suppliers that have qualified their components to meet RoHS requirements and to begin working the kinks out of their production lines.
What lies ahead? News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment With the year-end holidays almost upon us, it's a good time both to look back and peer ahead. No matter how you slice it, 2005 was a modest year for industry performance, and the outlook for 2006 is not that sanguine either: Projections for a sluggish start and slower overall growth do not leave much of a holiday glow.
No year-end lift News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Like the U.S. economy, the electronics industry is full of contradictions these days. While earnings and revenue are rising at many companies, the sentiment within the industry--reflected in the latest Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Business Index--is one of sluggish growth or even steady decline.
Going green: choosing a supplier News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Beginning in July, the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive will ban the sale of many electronics products that contain lead and other substances identified as environmentally dangerous. While these new regulations are targeted specifically at Europe, they will have global implications. Similar stringent health safety laws already have been enacted in Japan, and government agencies in China, India and other emerging economies are considering imposing similar regu
US-Informatikforschung bettelt um Forschungsgelder News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Amerika, du hast es besser - dieser Spruch ist zumindest für die Forschung im Bereich Informationstechnik purer Hohn. Der Grund: Die Regierung hat die Forschungsgelder zusammengestrichen. Und private Finanzierungen sind im Zeitalter des Shareholder Value auch in den USA kaum zu bekommen.
Chip-Ranking: Intel hängt sie alle ab News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Großer Gewinner im jährlichen Halbleiter-Ranking des Marktforschers iSuppli ist Toshiba. STMicroeletronics konnte als größter europäischer Chiphersteller einen Rang zulegen, Infineon hingegen rutschte um zwei Stufen nach unten.
Intel: Chipsets weiter knapp News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Intel erwartet auch weiterhin Lieferengpässe für seine Chipsets. Ein Ende der Probleme sieht das Unternehmen nicht vor dem kommenden Früjahr.
Researcher ranks top 25 chip companies in 2005 News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Market research company iSuppli Corp. has ranked the top 25 semiconductor companies in terms of their projected 2005 revenues and reckons number one ranked Intel Corp. will leap ahead of its competition with 14.4 percent annual growth.
iSuppli raises 2005 chip market growth forecast News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Based on quarterly semiconductor market-share research of the top 100 suppliers, iSuppli Corp. has increased its forecast for global chip revenue in 2005 to $237.3 billion, up 4.4 percent from $227.3 billion in 2004. The market research company’s previous forecast, issued in September, predicted 2.4 percent growth in 2005.
Nouveau président chez Trident Microsystems News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Le fournisseur de circuits vidéo Trident Microsystems Inc. a nommé Jung-Herng Chang, actuellement président de Trident Technologies Inc. (TTI), en tant que nouveau président. Frank Lin demeurera le Président-directeur général de la société.
Neuer Ärger bei Nortel News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Zwei langjährige Vorstandsmitglieder verlassen den krisengeschüttelten kanadischen Telekom-Ausrüster Nortel. Das könnte den Auftakt zu neuen tiefgreifenen organsiatorischen Änderungen bedeuten.
Solides ventes de puces destinées aux PC, iPod et Xbox News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Les ventes mensuelles de puces devraient progresser pour atteindre une moyenne trimestrielle de 20,3 milliards de dollars en octobre, en hausse par rapport à la moyenne de 19,5 milliards de dollars en septembre, selon Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
Großbildschirme: LCD holt gegen Plasma auf News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Um rund 36 Prozent soll der Markt der Großdisplays für Non-TV-Zwecke bis 2009 jährlich wachsen. Dabei galoppieren die LCD-Bildschirme ihren Kollegen in Plasma-Technik davon – während sich Plasma-Bildschirme im Durchschnitt nur um 10 Prozent jährlich besser verkaufen, steigt der Umsatz mit LCD-Screens um atemberaubende 82 Prozent pro Jahr.
CompactPCI Ethernet boards switch IPv6 packets Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment The Internet Protocl is changing. Here's news of a line of PICMG2.16-compliant boards that can help you get ready. Pluggable into CompactPCI slots, these packet switching boards will support the emerging IPv6 protocol definition, with its 128-bit addressing scheme.
Renesas teams with startup in MRAMs News & Analysis 12/1/2005 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. and startup Grandis Inc. have agreed to collaborate on the development of a 65-nm MRAM process, based on spin torque transfer writing technology.
High-performance LED driver touts cost edge Product News 12/1/2005 Post a comment Product Review - Supertex bills its HV9911 current-mode controller as one that provides equal or better performance at a decidedly lower price than competing devices, focusing for comparison mainly on products from Linear Technology's LED driver portfolio, which include the LT3474, LT1618, LT3486, and LTC3783. The second advantage is the device's high-voltage regulator, and thus the chip can be powered from a 110-volt rectified (DC) input.
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.