Silicon Frontline licenses fast 3D extraction tool News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Image sensor provider Aptina announced it has licensed the Fast 3D software for post-layout verification and fast 3D extraction from startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. to improve its image sensor design accuracy and manufacturing quality.
250-MSPS, 14-bit ADC claims lowest power consumption Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments has introduced the first in a new class of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that claims to deliver ultra-low power consumption and excellent dynamic performance across wide signal bandwidths from DC up to 550 MHz.
Low-power FPGA startup hits volume production Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment Low-power FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has shipped production-volume quantities of its iCE65 mobileFPGA devices to more than 10 customers. The company claims it is the first new FPGA vendor to achieve this in 20 years.
Virtutech sets foot in China Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment System simulation technology provider Virtutech Inc. announced it has created a subsidiary in Shanghai, China, in a view to support the growing demand for virtualized systems development solutions.
Survey shows how users want more on mobiles News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Users of mobile computing and portable communications expect to access more multimedia content over time but are not prepared to pay much by way of a subscription for the right, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, Hampshire).
October's averaged chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Diamond Microwave Devices closes GBP1.3m commercialisation round News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Diamond Microwave Devices (DMD), a spin out from the diamond electronics team in Element Six Technologies (E6), has closed a GBP1.3m equity investment from a consortium consisting of Oxford Technology Management, YFM via the Partnership Investment Fund, The ERA Foundation and two private investors.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
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