Report: Taiwan seeks merger with restructured Elpida News & Analysis 2/29/2012 1 comment Taiwan's government said it would continue to push for Taiwanese DRAM makers to consolidate with Japan's Elpida Memory if the firm is restructured after filing for bankruptcy, according to an Associated Press report.
Intel creates $100 million automotive fund News & Analysis 2/29/2012 7 comments Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, said it has created a $100 million investment fund to help accelerate innovation and the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive industry.
MIPS shows off $99 tablet at MWC News & Analysis 2/29/2012 8 comments MIPS Technologies, which makes the processors that power appliances like TVs and DTV boxes has come out with its own $99 tablet running Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Video: Android booth at MWC News & Analysis 2/29/2012 Post a comment Google’s Android Booth at MWC 2012 is one of the major hotspots at the mobile show this year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors daily, most on the lookout for Google’s signature Android pins.
TenAsys releases distributed RTOS Product News 2/29/2012 Post a comment TenAsys Corporation's INtime Distributed RTOS enables programmers to write easily-scalable applications that run without modification on different system configurations
Mentor achieves first $1 billion sales year News & Analysis 2/29/2012 2 comments As expected, Mentor Graphics reported that its annual sales eclipsed $1 billion for the first time ever, as the company reported sales and earnings that beat analysts' expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter.
Sensor fusion enables e-compass News & Analysis 2/29/2012 1 comment Sensor fusion algorithms are being offered for free to users of Freescale's accelerometers and magnetometers corrects for magnetic interference in the environment.
SYSGO releases new PikeOS version 3.3 Product News 2/28/2012 Post a comment SYSGO has announced the new 3.3 release of its flagship product PikeOS, which extends SMP and Linux support to new multicore architectures, along with new certifiable file system, certifiable IP stack, performance improvements, and many enhancements in tools.
Intel, AMD pull out of WSTS News & Analysis 2/28/2012 16 comments Intel and AMD confirmed that they have left the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, which publishes widely cited monthly reports on global semiconductor sales.
Google's Schmidt talks up the transformative power of connectivity News & Analysis 2/28/2012 5 comments Rather than spend a lot of time talking about Google, Android OS or even recent changes in the company's privacy policies, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt used his Mobile World Congress keynote to highlight the need for bringing greater Internet connectivity to the world's most under-served markets.
Initiative on 450-mm moves gets Europe's full attention News & Analysis 2/28/2012 Post a comment At ISS Europe 2012 here semiconductor chip, tools and material companies concluded 450mm wafer production will catapult Europe back on the competitive stage along the U.S. and Asia to produce leading-edge semiconductors sometime in the next 15 years.
Intel's new partnerships and processors for the mobile space News & Analysis 2/28/2012 2 comments Intel’s foray into the smartphone space is a “marathon, not a sprint,” according to the firm’s CEO Paul Otellini.
Speaking at a company press conference on Monday, where the firm announced new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd., ZTE and Visa, Otellini reminded attendees that Intel was no stranger to the mobile market, having been involved in RF for many years.
IBM reports progress on quantum computing News & Analysis 2/28/2012 12 comments The last major engineering hurdle to quantum computers—millisecond coherence times—has been surmounted by researchers at IBM Research, making commercialization of the technology possible "within our lifetimes," according to Matthias Steffen, manager of IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group.
Facebook joins W3C to combat browser fragmentation News & Analysis 2/28/2012 3 comments At Mobile World Congress (MWC) Facebook said it would be joining over 30 device manufacturers, carriers, and developers in an industry-wide effort to help accelerate the improvement and standardization of mobile browsers.
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