Plastic optics boosted to 25 Gbit/s News & Analysis 5/23/2011 1 comment Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology reporting successful operation of s new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser technology from VI Systems at 25 Gbits per second.
Student group blames Foxconn for blast News & Analysis 5/23/2011 9 comments A workers' rights group based in Hong Kong has claimed that it had exposed problems at the Foxconn facility at Chengdu prior to the explosion of Friday March 20, which reportedly left three people dead and 15 injured.
NI to buy EDA vendor and RF design firm News & Analysis 5/23/2011 6 comments National Instruments Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AWR Corp. a supplier of EDA software for designing high-frequency components and systems. The purchase price of $58 million includes $7 million in cash on the AWR balance sheet, NI said.
Marvell to invest $200 million in Israel R&D News & Analysis 5/23/2011 1 comment Communications chip company Marvell Technology Group Ltd., is reportedly planning to invest $200 million in its Israel R&D operation. The company's co-founders – Sehat Sutardja, CEO, chairman, and Weili Dai, chief operating officer – who are also husband and wife, are reportedly visiting Israel.
Redpine rolls flexible Wi-Fi chip set News & Analysis 5/23/2011 1 comment The Maxi-Fi Beam450 from Redpine Signals can be configured to deliver a single 450 Mbits/s link or simultaneous 150 and 300 Mbits/s links over 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
Open source protocol targets 'Internet of things' Product News 5/22/2011 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has announced it will make the IEEE 802.15.4 based wireless connectivity network layer software it inherited from the acquisition of Jennic, JenNET-IP, open source, in a bid to generate greater interest in the 'Internet of Things' concept.
EEPROM features AES-CCM Authentication Product News 5/22/2011 Post a comment An extension to Atmel’s CryptoAuthentication family, the ATAES132 devices, offer secure data storage using the AES authentication for industrial, consumer, computing and embedded applications with flexible key management features and secure counters.
NXP demos car-to-x communications platform News & Analysis 5/22/2011 Post a comment As part of the Automotive Week 2011 which took place this week in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), chipmaker NXP demoed a car-to-x communications platform based on the company's software-defined multi-standard digital radio platform.
Algae powers hydrogen economy News & Analysis 5/20/2011 16 comments Algae can produce hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight, with a little boost from man-made nanoparticle catalysts, according to engineers at the U.S.Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
AGC develops 0.1-mm thin glass for displays News & Analysis 5/20/2011 3 comments AGC has developed 0.1 mm-thin sheet glass manufactured using a float process for use in next-generation displays, lighting, and touch panel screens. AGC claims it to be the world’s thinnest.
Chips see 25% surge in solar, wind News & Analysis 5/20/2011 9 comments The market for chips used renewable energy systems will grow 26.5 percent in 2011, after expanding 25.4 percent in 2010 to reach revenues of $1.4 billion.
Renesas targets October for full recovery News & Analysis 5/20/2011 1 comment Renesas Electronics—which lost an estimated 40 percent of its chip production capacity in the immediate aftermath of the March 11 earthquake in northeastern Japan—said this week that its IC shipments won't return to pre-earthquake levels until October.
Fab tool book-to-bill ratio grew in April News & Analysis 5/20/2011 1 comment The three-month rolling average for April semiconductor equipment orders from vendors based in North America rose to nearly $1.6 billion and the book-to-bill ratio for North American suppliers improved to 0.98 from 0.95 in March, according to the fab tool trade group SEMI.
SMIC stays in profit as sales, utilization slip News & Analysis 5/19/2011 Post a comment First quarter revenue slipped at Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. coming in below the guidance range given by the company on Feb. 17. The company remained in profit but manufacturing capacity utilization collapsed to 72.2 percent from 96.8 percent in 4Q10.
Zytronic bets on ITO to tap industrial apps News & Analysis 5/19/2011 Post a comment Zytronic has launched a range of sensors that use deposited tracks of transparent indium tin oxide suitable for small, ruggedized touch devices. The new sensors complement Zytronic sensors that use copper strand electrodes.
Mosaid seeks U.S. ban on Cisco products News & Analysis 5/19/2011 8 comments Canadian company Mosaid Technologies Inc. has filed a complaint against Cisco Systems Inc. with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C. alleging patent infringement. If Mosaid is successful in its complaint Cisco may be prevented from selling and importing a wide range of equipment types in the United States.
Nujira takes $16 million more in funding News & Analysis 5/19/2011 1 comment Nujira Ltd., a pioneer of "envelope-tracking" technology as a power saver in cellular telephone power amplifiers, has announced it has secured £10 million (about $16.2 million) in a round of funding led by new investor, Climate Change Capital Private Equity.
CSR co-founders form M2M wireless startup News & Analysis 5/19/2011 3 comments Several co-founders of Cambridge Silicon Radio, now CSR plc, have combined with others to form Neul Ltd. with the aim of creating a global wireless network business for machine-to-machine communications.
Nextreme harvester to power turbine WSN News & Analysis 5/19/2011 2 comments Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., a maker of thermal management products, has teamed up with Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. to develop a thermal energy harvesting system for a wireless sensor network. In particular the WSN is designed to monitor the health of bearings in turbine engines.
Intel grows lead in Q1 chip sales rankings News & Analysis 5/19/2011 3 comments Intel lengthened its lead in chip sales over No. 2 player Samsung in the first quarter after several consecutive quarters of giving ground, according to a ranking of chip vendor sales compiled by IC Insights.
ITRI researchers get SID award for seminal work News & Analysis 5/18/2011 Post a comment The Industrial Technology Research Institute has received the Society for Information Display’s Silver Display Component of the Year Award for its technology that enables the mass production and development of flexible and transparent displays
Synopsys' profit doubles on IRS settlement News & Analysis 5/18/2011 2 comments EDA and IP vendor said its profit for the quarter ended April 30 more than doubled year-over-year thanks in part to a one-time tax benefit from a settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
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