First color sensor to support two-wire serial interface Product News 3/1/2006 Post a comment Avago said it has introduced the industry's first CMOS digital color sensor that can be directly interfaced to a microcontroller without the need for additional components. It also offers a small package size and low power consumption for portable devices.
China's medical Rx News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment It may have reported a mere $10 million in annual sales last year, but Edan Instruments Inc. is just warming up. If things go according to plan, the Chinese medical-equipment manufacturer will capture additional international business that could keep it on a double-digit growth path for years to come.
Hynix execs face prison, fines in DRAM probe News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Four Korean executives from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. have agreed to plead guilty, pay $250,000 fines and serve jail time in the United States for participating in an alleged global conspiracy to fix DRAM prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday.
Fujitsu licenses Moore Processor Patent portfolio News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Fujitsu has licensed the intellectual property protected by the Moore Microprocessor Patent portfolio from Alliacense, the subsidiary created last year to administer the portfolio on behalf of owners Patriot Scientific and TPL Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Discretix, UIQ team on DRM for handsets News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Israeli embedded-security solutions provider Discretix has teamed with Sweden's UIQ, a subsidiary of Symbian Ltd., to put Discretix's multischeme client for digital rights management on the UIQ mobile-phone platform.
Plug-in digitizers get on-board peak detection Product News 3/1/2006 Post a comment Digitizer maker Gage Applied Technologies is releasing on-board peak detection for its existing PC-hosted digitizer boards. Gage's eXpert Peak Detection adjunct now permits detection of peaks within a set of digitized waveform data.
Iwedia lève 2,7 millions d’euros News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Le fournisseur français de solutions logicielles pour terminaux numériques audiovisuels connectés, Iwedia Technologies, a annoncé mercredi (1er mars) avoir finalisé une levée de fonds de 2,7 millions d’euros auprès de CDC Entreprises Innovation, I-Source Gestion, iXCore et Thales Corporate Ventures. Le total des fonds mobilisés s’élève désormais à 5 millions d’euros.
Vendors to raise DDR2 prices again News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment The current DDR2 SDRAM shortage is expected to persist through late March with vendors proposing further contract price hikes in the arena, according to a report from DRAMeXchange.
Les ventes de réseau optique ont atteint 10,7 M$ en 2005 News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Le marché des réseaux optiques métropolitains et longue distance a affiché une croissance significative l’année dernière, grâce à la poursuite de la mise à niveau des réseaux par les opérateurs, selon un nouveau rapport d’Infonetics Research. Selon la société, cette croissance stable devrait se maintenir jusqu’en 2009.
Air velocity transmitter uses hot-film sensor Product News 3/1/2006 Post a comment An air velocity transmitter from E+E Elektronik is designed for accurate measurement of air speed and gas flow at rates between 0 and 40-m. Its hot-film sensor element is based on state-of-the-art thin-film technology, guaranteeing high sensitivity even at very low mass flows.
Plug-in module accurately measures timing Product News 3/1/2006 Post a comment Check out this CompactPCI timing module. It offers the ability to measure events spaced as far apart as 20-seconds, with 50-ps timing resolution. The module can operate in either single-start or multi-start acquisition modes, with timing information on all independent channels encoded relative to a common channel.
Elektronische Geräte gehorchen Gesten News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Völlig neue berührungslose Bedienkonzepte für elektrische Geräte aller Art ermöglicht eine Technik namens GestIC des Start-up-Unternehmens Ident Technology. Im Vergleich zu ähnlichen bekannten Technologien bietet GestIC mehr Freiheitsgrade.
Designcenter för strömförsörjning News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment National Semiconductor öppnar ett nytt designcenter inriktat på strömförsörjning. Centret blir en del av företagets europeiska huvudkontor i tyska Fürstenbruck och kommer att erbjuda utöver ingenjörsstöd även utveckling av referenskonstruktioner, kretskort och layout.
Web site to promote math and science reform News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment The Tapping America’s Potential has launched www.tap2015.org, a Web site designed by the business community to prioritize improvements in the U.S. math and science talent pipeline as a way to boost the country’s competitiveness.
Skyworks pushes BiFET process for handset designs News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Wireless chip maker Skyworks Solutions, Inc. will make its gallium arsenide based products on a proprietary bipolar field effect transistor (BiFET) process technology that the Woburn, Mass.-based company says will give it a competitive edge when bidding for contracts from mobile handset makers.
The forgotten inventory News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment It's the last day of your financial quarter. Do you know where your inventory is? It's easy to account for all the products you see within the walls of your factory and warehouses, but what about your unseen inventory that is in transit? This inventory won't be found in your warehouse. Rather, it consists of products that are in the air, on a truck, on a train or at sea.
Pentek deploys wideband RF development platform News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Are you involved in the design of software-defined radios or high-speed RF systems? If so, check out the latest member of Pentek Inc.'s RTS 2500 development platforms, designed for real-time wideband data acquisition, signal processing and recording.
SafeNet offers security IP for SoCs News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Information security provider SafeNet Inc. has introduced an intellectual-property product said to enable semiconductor companies to build high-performance, full data plane security processing into next-generation systems-on-chip (SoCs).
Global Growth News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Just as the U.S. economy begins to show signs of flagging, the leading economies in other parts of the world are gamely stepping in to pick up the slack.
EU powers up battery law News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Batteries are the next environmental offender locked in the sights of the European Union. Though the matter is still under spirited discussion within the EU, industry sources said they expect the European body to finalize a battery directive this summer. Member states will then have two years to implement it.
A Shifting Landscape News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment The era of the highly fragmented supply chain for electronic-component imports into China is drawing to a close. For most suppliers and their OEM/EMS provider customers in China, the opportunities for increased cost savings and inventory velocity are huge--provided the companies can smoothly make the transition to unified systems.
PLM that makes sense News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Walls are everywhere in the electronics supply chain. You know the ones: the walls you hit trying to manage the product life cycle. Marketing tosses product specifications over the wall to the development team. Development tosses designs over the wall to the manufacturing team. And manufacturing tosses supply needs over the wall to the supply chain.
IPC standard revs up News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment The RoHS deadline is fast approaching and a standard format for communicating materials-declaration information across the supply chain has finally arrived, three months behind schedule. Nevertheless, top-tier players are lining up in an effort to drive the IPC-1752 Materials Declaration Management standard across the supply base.
Improving visibility News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Apple Computer Inc.'s story is the stuff corporate executives and MBA students pore over again and again in search of breakthrough business formulas. Like all legends, though, Apple's comeback story--especially the part about the runaway success of its iPod--has a less-fascinating element that few have bothered to explore.
Time for action News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment This issue of Electronics Supply & Manufacturing is heavy on the impact of the European Union's Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive on technology products. On July 1, RoHS comes into effect across the 25-nation EU, affecting a wide range of electronics products. It's easy to think this won't affect your operations if your company doesn't sell into the EU; if your product is currently exempt; or if, as some companies that sell minimally into the EU might be tempte
China RoHS postponed News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment China has postponed the effective date of the country's new RoHS law six months, to Jan. 1, 2007, the Ministry of Information Industry announced recently.
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