Researchers claim to find particles with quarter-electron charge News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment Physicists at the Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel) claim they have demonstrated, for the first time, the existence of 'quasiparticles' with one quarter the charge of an electron. The key thing is the quarter charge as particles with one-third and one-fifth charge have been detected before, the researchers said.
Phyworks demos 10G copper interconnects News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment Communications chip specialist Phyworks (Bristol, England) has demonstrated 10Gbits/s rack-to-rack copper interconnects of up to 30 metres using technology it originally developed for the optical module market.
ST gives Chinese universities access to CMOS processes News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment After establishing links with more than 100 European and North American universities, STMicroelectronics NV and Circuits Multi Projets (CMP) of Grenoble, France, a multiproject wafer run aggregator, announced they have granted Chinese Universities an access to ST's advanced CMOS processes for academic and research purposes.
ST preps 'Freeman' TV processor in 55-nm CMOS Product News 6/2/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV, which recently acquired TV chip developer Genesis Microchip Inc., is opting to manufacture its next TV chip in a 55-nm CMOS process technology, according to Philippe Lambinet, executive vice president of the home entertainment and displays group at ST.
Europe again lags in global chip sales News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment The European market for semiconductors grew by 0.4 percent in April to $3.42 billion from the previous month according to the latest figures from the WSTS (World Semiconductor Trade Statistics).
Working on India's analog dream News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment EETimes Asia editor Sufia Tippu takes a closer look at Wipro's Indian analog activities, and finds the fledgling industry has the potential to grow into a significant force.
ST, CEA prepare hydrogen fuel cell for mobile phones News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment As part of a research collaboration on miniaturized energy sources, the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) and STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) have unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell for mobile phones that aims to reduce dependency on the use of electrical power supplies to recharge batteries.
Get with the consumer program, say Israeli VCs News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, managers and technologists must change their thinking about business strategies and technology directions, according to panelists at the Israeli Venture Association (IVA) conference that took place recently near Tel Aviv, Israel, and attracted around 1400 delegates from around the globe including the U.S., Germany, the U.K, Japan and Finland.
ARM improves its image in 3D graphics Product News 6/2/2008 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc has developed a multiprocessing version of its Mali 3D graphics processor architecture which is available for license. ARM is talking to all the major silicon vendors in the "mobile space," according to an executive, who said ARM is in discussions with five or six companies.
Nvidia takes on Intel's Atom Product News 6/2/2008 1 comment Nvidia Corp. will go head-to-head with the Intel Corp. Atom processor in a battle for design wins in mobile media and Internet devices at Computex Taipei where the graphics company is launching the Tegra processors which it claims provide more processing power in less space and with lower power consumption than Intel's latest mobile x86 chip.
ST takes steps to reap analog, MEMS rewards News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment "We're building a new ST, a better ST," CEO Carlo Bozotti told financial analysts at STMicroelectronics' annual field trip meeting, held here last week. It is not so much what the company is doing - moves towards an "asset-lighter" business model and a renewed focus on analog ICs are being pursued by other IDMs. It's more a matter of when ST started and the spirit in which it is following through and reaping the benefits.
Ciranova's labours bear analog layout fruit News & Analysis 6/2/2008 Post a comment After more than three years effort, Ciranova has unveiled a much anticipated automated analog solution. Helix, claims Ciranova, will deliver design-rule correct placement to the quality of that produced by an experienced layout designer.
Atheros slashes cost for dual .11n routers Product News 6/2/2008 Post a comment Atheros Communications Inc. has designed a card for home WiFi routers that it will roll out the design at Computex in Taipei this week aiming to slash the price of a dual 802.11n network device in half as part of its efforts to proliferate the latest high-end WiFi technology.
Mobile apps, media processors on the wane Teardown 6/2/2008 Post a comment With no big new features on the immediate horizon for cellphones, mobile application processors and media accelerators are on the decline, according to a new report on trends in cellphone design by teardown specialist Portelligent.
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