New sim, testing tools used to design Mars lander News & Analysis 8/1/2012 11 comments A toolbox supplied by a Siemens software unit was used to simulate the thermal loads and G-forces to be encountered by the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as it attempts a risky landing of the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet.
Startup raises $30 million to bring MRAM to market News & Analysis 8/1/2012 11 comments A Moscow-headquartered investor has helped MRAM startup Avalanche Technology close a third round of equity funding at $30 million. The money will be used to "productize" the company's technology, which the firm says is ready for action in applications such as solid-state drives.
Wolfson predicts return to profit in 2H12 News & Analysis 8/1/2012 7 comments Audio and MEMS mixed-signal chip company Wolfson Microelectronics has announced a reduction in its net loss in the second quarter as it has increased its sales revenue. The company said it expects to return to "underlying profitability" in the second half of 2012.
RF test startup raises funds News & Analysis 8/1/2012 Post a comment Mesuro, a startup RF test company founded in 2008 as a spin off from Cardiff University in Wales, has announced it has raised about $1.1 million in a funding round.
Japan revives mobile chip joint venture News & Analysis 8/1/2012 5 comments Japan has revived plans for a mobile equipment chip joint venture but has come up with something smaller and less ambitious than a previous plan that was cancelled earlier this year.
China clears Microchip's SMSC acquisition News & Analysis 8/1/2012 7 comments China's antitrust regulatory body rubber stamped Microchip Technology's $939 million acquisition of Standard Microsystems Corp., clearing the way for the deal to close this week.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.