ESA enables students to fly experiments in microgravity flights News & Analysis 3/29/2011 Post a comment The Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that four teams of university students have been selected for the 'Fly Your Thesis!' program. They will be able to fly their experiments in microgravity in a series of parabolic flights on the Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft.
Large diameter high temperature solder-in EMI filters Product News 3/29/2011 Post a comment Large diameter high temperature solder-in EMI filters Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products added a high temperature version to its solder-in filter product line of 10.16mm (0.400") diameter mounting EMI filters, with a construction able to withstand 300°C.
Li-ion charger maximizes battery cell performance Product News 3/29/2011 Post a comment Li-ion charger maximizes battery cell performance Norwegian power design specialist, Mascot AS has introduced a high-quality, high-performing charger for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which features 3-stage charging for maximum battery performance.
NXP announces secondary share offer News & Analysis 3/29/2011 2 comments NXP Semiconductors N.V., the European chipmaker spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV by a private equity buy out in 2006, has announced that certain of its shareholders intend to offer in a secondary offering, subject to market and other conditions, approximately 25 million shares of its common stock.
Fujitsu restarts two front-end chip fabs News & Analysis 3/29/2011 3 comments Operations partially resumed at two Fujitsu Group front-end semiconductor fabs in Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima prefecture, that had been idled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Japan March 11.
Renesas mulls foundry for auto MCUs, say reports News & Analysis 3/29/2011 3 comments Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's leading maker of microcontrollers that was hit hard by the Japan earthquake of March 11, is in talks on outsourcing the production of automotive microcontrollers to Globalfoundries Inc., according to reports.
Teardowns find Fujitsu FCRAM in Nintendo 3DS News & Analysis 3/29/2011 4 comments Teardowns conducted by UBM TechInsights and IHS iSuppli found Fujitu's fast-cycle RAM. It's the first time the part has been found in a UBM TechInsights teardown and, according to IHS a potential problem as a proprietary technology.
Anadigics CEO resigns News & Analysis 3/28/2011 4 comments Anadigics Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Mario Rivas, and its senior vice president, Greg White.
Update: Advantest to buy Verigy for $1.1B News & Analysis 3/28/2011 1 comment As expected, Advantest Corp. and Verigy Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Advantest will acquire all outstanding Verigy ordinary shares for $15.00 per share in cash. The total acquisition price will be approximately $1.1 billion.
Russian tech probes Silicon Valley interest News & Analysis 3/28/2011 1 comment Three Russian hi-tech organizations have opened a Silicon Valley representative office under one roof to promote and coordinate partnerships between Russian and American companies and investors.
Missing sensor hits global automakers, say IHS News & Analysis 3/28/2011 17 comments Japanese and global automotive production is being hit by the lack of an airflow sensor, according market research firm IHS Automotive. Global automobile production is likely to see a further marked drop in vehicle production – beyond that due to missing Japanese production – within a matter of weeks, the analyst said.
PLD startup Tabula snags $108M in funding News & Analysis 3/28/2011 5 comments Programmable logic startup Tabula secured $108 million in funding from seven venture capital firms, one of the largest rounds of funding ever announced by a private semiconductor company.
MIPS plans 64-bit multithreaded cores News & Analysis 3/28/2011 2 comments Hoping to get a jump on archrival ARM, MIPS will launch this fall 64-bit synthesizable cores that support multithreading and issue multiple instructions per clock cycle.
Wearable computer comes with more communication options Product News 3/27/2011 Post a comment Eurotech launched the Zypad WL1500 series of wearable computers, an improvement over the company’s products that delivers a longer battery life and faster performance, as well as increased cellular communication functionality and improved wearing comfort.
Motion sensing for smart consumer devices News & Analysis 3/27/2011 1 comment STMicroelectronics has released the first details of its iNEMO Engine, which features advanced filtering and predictive software engine to integrate the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer.
Cloud-based collaboration for M2M applications News & Analysis 3/27/2011 Post a comment Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless have announced a new collaboration to co-market the Sierra Wireless' AirVantage; a cloud-based platform for developing, deploying and operating the next generation of connected devices and M2M applications.
Femto cells could deliver more News & Analysis 3/27/2011 1 comment The Femto Forum has announced progress in the development of femtocell-powered mobile applications. The body has published an industry-wide agreed set of API specifications that enable advanced mobile applications based on femtocell technology.
Ford tests car2x communications News & Analysis 3/27/2011 5 comments Automotive OEM Ford has installed an "intelligent intersection" near its R&D center in Detroit intended to help Ford designers to better integrate car2x functions into on-board driver assistance systems.
ST launches market's smallest 3-axis analog gyroscope Product News 3/26/2011 3 comments The L3G462A from STMicroelectronics (ST) is a motion-sensor with what the company claims is the market’s smallest 3-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside an ultra-small 4mm x 4mm x 1mm package, ST’s newest gyroscope combines superior performance and reliability with smart power management and design flexibility. The new sensor is designed for high-precision gesture control and intuitive user interfaces, and is targeted for mobile phones, tablets, game controllers and other consumer devices
Micron's CEO unsure of quake's net effect News & Analysis 3/25/2011 7 comments Steve Appleton, chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, said it is too early to tell whether Micron would gain or lose sales as the result of damaged chip production facilities and infrastructure problems following the earthquake in Japan.
McAfee buys database firm News & Analysis 3/25/2011 5 comments McAfee Inc. plans to acquire privately-owned Sentrigo, a provider of database security and compliance, assessment, monitoring and intrusion prevention solutions.
EMS firm says quake will delay orders News & Analysis 3/25/2011 Post a comment Swedish electronic manufacturing services company PartnerTech AB (Vellinge, Sweden) has informed its customers that the situation in Japan affects parts of the company's supply chain and therefore may cause "disorders" in the supply of certain products.
Report: Intel's faulty chip slows PC production News & Analysis 3/25/2011 7 comments The design error found by Intel in its Cougar Point support chip for the Sandy Bridge processor has started to impact the PC supply chain, according to a Taiwan Economic News report that referenced un-named sources at foundries and packaging houses.
Slow package resin restart weighs on tablets News & Analysis 3/25/2011 2 comments Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc., thought to be a near monopoly maker of a key material for the packaging of ICs used in tablet computers, has said it plans to get back to 25 percent of former production capacity at its Electrotechno Co. Ltd. electronic materials production subsidiary during April.
On Semi fabs ramping back up News & Analysis 3/25/2011 2 comments Two Japanese fabs operated by On Semiconductor that were disabled by the March 11 earthquake are now ramping back up,according to the company.
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