ChipMOS CEO not guilty in scandal News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment Shih-Jye Cheng, chairman and chief executive of Taiwan's ChipMOS Technologies Ltd., was found not guilty for the first instance by the Taipei District Court of misuse of corporate funds.
IBM fabs graphene FETs News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment IBM has successfully fabricated graphene field-effect transistors (FETs) using a single atomic layer of carbon atop a silicon wafer.
NatSemi, Anritsu, Altis lead company search ranking News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment National Semiconductor, Anritsu and Altis ranked in that order, are the three company names used most frequently as search terms in the EE Times Europe search engine. CSR, STMicroelectronics and Siemens are ranked in fourth, fifth and sixth positions, respectively.
HDTV SoCs provide 10-bit video quality processing Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Genesis Microchip has launched Douglas, its third generation HDTV SoC family that provides 10-bit video quality processing, picture-in-picture channel processing, dual HDMI/HDCP 1.3a inputs, improved 3D Y/C TV decoder, and full DVB-T support.
Toshiba to make CMOS camera modules Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Japan's Toshiba Corp. said that it plans to boost its competitiveness in the CMOS image sensor sector by bringing in-house the currently outsourced production of CMOS camera modules.
Vector opens subsidiary in Korea Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Vector Informatik has opened an office in the Seoul. With the move, the company intents to allow for the growing importance of Korean automotive suppliers in the world market.
Patent firm files appeal to allow action over ARM cores News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment Technology Properties Ltd., a company that administers the Moore Microprocessor Patent intellectual property portfolio, has said it has filed an appeal to reverse the June 18, 2007 Markman ruling that excluded ARM processor cores from an ongoing patent trial.
Trident taps Spansion exec as CEO News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of digital TV technology for the consumer digital video marketplace, has appointed Sylvia Summers as its chief executive and as a member of the board.
Ceramic antenna line debuts Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Ethertronics is offering ceramic antennas that are well-suited for powering multi-RF technology electronic devices, including GPS- and Bluetooth-enabled gadgets.
Minimotor : Linear actuator is small and efficient News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment Minimotor has developed a small, efficient linear actuator for application in the industrial and high-tech areas. With dimensions of 12.5 x 12.5 x 47 mm and a weigth of 56 g, the LM 1247 produces a peak force of up o 9.4 N at full power.
Gartner cuts analog app-specific IC market growth forecast News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment The analog portion of the application-specific standard products (ASSP) and application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) markets is set to increase with a 7.4 percent compound annual growth rate, from $23.7 billion in 2006 to $33.8 billion in 2011, according to market research company Gartner Inc.
'Native' quad core joins X86 fray News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices, apparently timing the announcement to coincide with a quiet period for rival Intel, on Sept. 10 unveiled a single-chip quad-core processor.
RFID struggles in battle over bogus drugs News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment The electronics industry has been counting on RFID's adoption as the antidote to drug counterfeiting. But legal wrangling and federal foot-dragging, abetted by the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, are raising concerns that the technology's adoption for tracking drugs through the supply chain may no longer be a given.
RFID infrastructure questions persist News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment Even among promoters of RFID tagging for pharmaceuticals, there is contention over whether HF or UHF tags are the best route forward. Some warn the debate could be used as yet another justification for delaying investment in RFID infrastructure.
Startup eyes battery-free wireless sensor nets News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment No wires and no batteries; now there's a combination. It's the promise of a company coming to this week's ISA Expo in Houston with a battery-free solution for ultralow-power wireless sensor and control networks based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard.
Nokia Siemens divests R&D workers to IBM Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Nokia Siemens Networks continues its strategy to 'carve out and lease back' R&D resources. The latest move is the sale of research and development activities for VoIP and Media Gateways to IBM.
European chip market reverses downtrend Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Strong demand for ASSPs, cellphone image sensors and microprocessors helped to lift sales in the European semiconductor market in August. The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) attributes the upturn to an improved inventory situation.
CoFluent changes organizational structure News & Analysis 10/1/2007 Post a comment In response to rapid growth, French Electronic System Level (ESL) company CoFluent Design announced it has taken initial actions, including deployment of first-class customer relationship management (CRM) system along recruitments.
TI unveils fastest-ever DSP Product News 10/1/2007 Post a comment Texas Instruments is boosting the speed of its TMS320C6455 DSP from 1 GHz to 1.2 GHz, giving it the fastest single-core DSP on the market. Despite the speed increase, the price of the chip remains unchanged at $245, so the extra speed is essentially "free."
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...