Deals down, investment up as VC aims high in Europe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment About 2.97 billion euro (about $3.9 billion) of venture capital has been invested in European startups during the first three quarters of 2006, exceeding the amount invested in the same period of 2005, according to the European Venture Capital Report released by Dow Jones VentureOne.
Broadcom buying middleware vendor LVL7 News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment In a move that could roil the communications chip sector, Broadcom has offered offers $62 million and debt assumption for LVL7 Systems, one of the last independent developers of networking protocol middleware.
India's BSNL pairs with Intel on WiMax Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Indian state-owned service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) is teaming with Intel Corp. in a bid to deploy the country's first WiMax-based wireless broadband and telecom service.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000 Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
Le SiP, une solution pour le développement du wireless News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment La technologie System-in-Package (SiP) apparaît de plus en plus comme un concurrent sérieux du System-on-Chip (SoC) pour des applications sans fil de pointe. C'est ce qu'ont noté des représentants de concepteurs de puces spécialisés dans le Wi-Fi, l'UWB et le WIMAX lors d'une réunion de l'Alliance des Communications sans fil (WCA). En effet, alors que les coûts de conception et le temps de développement du SoC gonflent de manière exponentielle à mesure que les systèmes se complexifient, le SiP s
Premier aperçu de l'interface Linux des portables à 100 dollars News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment À l'instar de la PlayStation3 et de la Nintendo Wii, les premiers ordinateurs portables à 100 dollars produits à Shanghai dans le cadre du programme OLPC (One Laptop Per Child - un portable par enfant) ont fait l'objet de la curiosité des observateurs. Une vidéo récemment postée sur YouTube présente un premier aperçu de la dernière version de l'interface utilisateur de l'OLPC, basée sur Linux. Les premiers OLPC devront subir une série de tests évaluant leur résistance aux capacités destructrices
Mellon renouvelle ses exigences envers ASMI News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Mellon HBV Alternative Stategies a exprimé sa satisfaction face à l'annonce faite par ASM International d'arrêter d'utiliser les dividendes provenant de sa participation dans ASM Pacific Technology pour financer ses activités frontales. La firme de gestion d'investissements estime cependant qu'ASMI doit encore mener des changements importants, notamment en termes de gouvernance d'entreprise et d'indépendance du conseil consultatif.
Siemens could face SEC probe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment German law enforcement investigations into alleged bribery activity by Siemens AG employees indicate that so-called letterbox companies in the United States and the British Virgin Islands may have had a role.
CEO calls for mind-set shift in analog/mixed-signal News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The future of the analog/mixed-signal business lies in a judicious mix of geographical diversification and product family development, rather than specialized designs for specific customers, Intersil's CEO told the India Semiconductor Association.
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Schaffner Test Systems heißt jetzt Teseq News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Der Schweizer Testsystemhersteller Schaffner Test Systems hat seinen Namen geändert: Nach einem Management-Buyout firmiert das Unternehmen nunmehr als Teseq EMV Test- und Messysteme AG. Das Produktprogramm wird weitergeführt.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope? Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
Ny vd for NOTE i Lund News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Gert Larsson, som närmast kommer från det högteknologiska utvecklings- och tillverkningsföretaget Nolato, har anställts som VD för NOTE Lund.
Portugal IP available on IBM, Chartered 65-nm process News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Portuguese analog/mixed signal circuit design provider Chipidea Microelectronica SA has said that its portfolio of analog front-end and data converter IP is available in the 90- and 65-nm foundry process technologies from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing. The AFEs and converters support WiMAX/Wibro, WiFi, Ultra-Wideband and Mobile TV applications.
Siemens now could face SEC probe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The law enforcement's agencies investigations in the Siemens bribery scandal indicate that also letterbox companies in the USA and the Virgin Islands have been involved. Since Siemens shares are traded at U.S. stock exchanges, it cannot be ruled out that the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could launch own investigations. The SEC could impose fines in the million dollar range or even revoke Siemens' listing in the USA.
Compact X-ray generator power supply has option of RS232 control News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The HG70 72-W X-ray generator power supply module for grounded-cathode tubes incorporates the high voltage and filament power supply stages and all necessary beam control circuitry. Measuring only 204 x 73 x 127 mm, the unit is one of the smallest in the market for its power capabilities.
Dual-input bus converter is designed for ATCA systems Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment The Artesyn dual-input ATC210 bus converter is a fully integrated solution that combines a small footprint of 5.9 x 4.6 cm, high power density isolated dc-dc converter with advanced digitally programmable power management functions. The converter has a typical full load efficiency of 89 percent, yielding a power density in excess of 4 W/cm3.
VC funds down but LBOs up, experts say News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The equity markets are mixed for semiconductors. As U.S. venture capital funding slows in the semiconductor industry, private-equity buyouts are expected to accelerate in the sector, experts said.
LED driver eyes automotives Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Rated for operation at +125°C ambient, Supertex' AT9933 is a variable frequency pulse width modulated (PWM) controller suited for automotive LED lighting applications.
Factorized power designs come into the mainstream Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Vicor Corporation's comprehensive line-up of 52 evaluation and validation boards featuring its BCM, PRM, and VTM V•I Chip power components, which are all now available in high volume quantities, culminates the company's work to bring its factorized power architecture (FPA) into mainstream designs.
FCI offers free shunt kit Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment FCI offers a free Shunt Developer's Kit packed with a variety of shunts that feature 2-mm, 2.54-mm, and multi-position pitch options, as well as mechanical, plating, color and low-cost options.
PhlatLight eval kits now available from Luminus Devices Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Luminus Devices, Inc. has announced the availability of PhlatLight chipset evaluation kits for use in
projection applications. The kits provide a simple plug-and-play solution for light engine designers interested in developing products with PhlatLight chipsets.
Pericom intros new switches for emerging HD video apps Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor Corporation has announced it has expanded its industry-leading high-definition
multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four new high-bandwidth differential signal switch solutions for multi-source or multi-sink video applications including TV, monitor, set-top box,
switch box, and game consoles.
Epson to deliver first HDMI 1.3 home theater projector Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Silicon Image, Inc. has announced that it has supplied the HDMI receiver chip for the first home theater projector to be equipped with HDMI 1.3. Epson has selected the VastLane SiI9133 HDMI receiver chip for its new Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080. This is the first HDMI 1.3 home theater projector on the market supporting Deep Color capability.
M/A-COM introduces PAs for point-to-point radios Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment M/A-COM has introduced a line of power amplifiers (PAs) for point-to-point radios that cover allocated point-to-point bands from 2.5 to 19.7GHz. Optimized for linearity and high gain, this family of PAs produces power levels ranging from 1 to 2W over various frequency bands.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.