OSRAM'S new 3-in-1 hybrid sensor Product News 9/3/2011 Post a comment The new 3-in-1 SFH 7773 digital sensor from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors makes it easy to install both proximity and ambient light sensing in smart phones and similar devices by combining the functions of a digital ambient light sensor and a digital proximity sensor in a single compact unit.
IHS projects record growth for consumer MEMS News & Analysis 9/2/2011 5 comments The market for microelectromechanical systems in consumer electronics and mobile communications devices is on pace for record growth in 2011, thanks to the red hot media tablet and smartphone markets, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Synopsys buys Indian verification firm News & Analysis 9/2/2011 4 comments EDA and IP company Synopsys Inc. has acquired nSys Design Systems Private Ltd. (New Delhi, India), a supplier of verification intellectual property, for an undisclosed amount of money.
Japan up, RoW down in flat July chip sales News & Analysis 9/2/2011 3 comments It remains to be seen whether seasonal growth or economic uncertainty will characterize the global chip market in the second-half of 2011 as the July numbers favored neither side of the argument and came in flat and in-line with expectations.
Zarlink says it has other suitors News & Analysis 9/1/2011 3 comments Canadian mixed-signal chipmaker Zarlink Semiconductor said its board of directors is negotiating with 15 unidentified third parties interested in acquiring all or part of the company.
Researchers aim for energy-harvesting CPUs News & Analysis 9/1/2011 5 comments A team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University was awarded two grants to create powerful, energy-efficient computer processors that can run an embedded system without requiring battery power.
Ti offers 'Qi' inductive power transfer IC News & Analysis 9/1/2011 6 comments Texas Instruments has introduced the bq500210, an IC that controls and transfers wireless power for contactless chargers compliant with the Qi standard from the Wireless Power Consortium.
Intel invests in device security firm Mocana News & Analysis 9/1/2011 2 comments Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's biggest semiconductor maker, has made a strategic investment of undisclosed size in Mocana, a provider of mobile and smart device security.
UK plans for white-space radio by 2013 News & Analysis 9/1/2011 1 comment Ofcom, the U.K. government's communications regulator, has issued a statement that white-space radio could be used for a mix of rural broadband, Wi-Fi services and machine-to-machine communications and that the technology could be launched in 2013.
Analyst sees firm July, raises chip forecast News & Analysis 9/1/2011 2 comments The three-month average of global chip sales for July is going to be reported as $24.8 billion, up compared with a figure of $24.68 billion reported for June by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
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.