Mars Curiosity gets down to science News & Analysis 11/21/2012 8 comments The Mars Curiosity rover has begun its search for evidence of microbial life on the Red Planet. A suite of sensors is delivering samples to an on-board lab for analysis.
Ceva bids for MIPS News & Analysis 11/21/2012 5 comments DSP IP licensor CEVA has offered a competing bid of $75 million in cash for MIPS Technologies in an attempt to outbid U.K. GPU licensing company Imagination Technologies.
Europe plots three pilot wafer fabs News & Analysis 11/21/2012 7 comments A European initiative formed to coordinate research in nanoelectronics has proposed projects for the creation of three pilot fabs, including one for 450-mm diameter wafers.
Sensor Platforms' Ian Chen: Context is king News & Analysis 11/21/2012 3 comments Ian Chen believes a world increasingly stitched together by sensors will provide context for interpretation of all the data.
That's how Ian Chen, executive vice president of Sensor Platforms, views things from his perch, where EE Times has identified him as one of the 40 key technologists to watch in the coming years.
Spectrum-analyzer updates enhance field use Product News 11/20/2012 Post a comment Agilent has expanded the capabilities of its N934xC family of handheld spectrum analyzers with such features as remote control and peak power measurement of pulsed signals for increased versatility in field applications.
IBM backs Brazilian wafer fab project News & Analysis 11/20/2012 6 comments IBM, Brazilian development bank BNDES and the EBX Group of Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, are partnering for the construction and operation of a wafer fab in the south of Brazil, according to local reports.
Chip firms ranked by Q4 guidance News & Analysis 11/19/2012 3 comments The market for semiconductors in the fourth quarter of 2012 will be up 0.5 percent sequentially giving rise to annual market fall of 2.5 percent compared with 2011, according to market analysis firm Semiconductor Intelligence.
ISSCC 2013: Combining old with new News & Analysis 11/16/2012 Post a comment The venerable International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February will make the most of commemorating its 60-year history by highlighting past innovations that remain relevant today.
Infineon cuts workers hours ahead of downturn News & Analysis 11/16/2012 6 comments Reinhard Ploss, incoming CEO at Infineon, said the German chip maker is reducing hours for some employees and postponing or cancelling projects as part of attempts to weather a forthcoming "economic storm."
Electronica: Raspberry Pi gets another I/O board News & Analysis 11/16/2012 7 comments U.K. component distributor Premier Farnell has announced it has an exclusive deal with OpenLX SP Ltd. to distribute the PiFace Digital I/O board and will be able to supply both it and a 5-megapixel camera board in the first quarter of 2013. Both items are designed to complement the low-cost, credit-card sized Raspberry Pi computer.
Agilent upgraded EMPro12 is speedier Product News 11/15/2012 Post a comment Agilent Technologies has announced shipment of EMPro 2012, its 3-D electromagnetic simulation software that creates 3-D models and analyzes the electrical performance of packages, connectors, antennas, and other RF and high-speed components.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments