Companies scramble for tech talent
News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment While some companies find attracting solid technical talent difficult in a dot-com world, others are flush with qualified candidates. IPOs may be responsible for this unevenness. In many cases, employees want a shot at the big score in the form of pre-IPO stock options. Some companies have given up and instead rely on partnerships and acquisitions to gain access to talent.
Samsung-LG-Philips rivalry stalls display-industry standard News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Rivalry between Samsung Electronics and LG-Philips is hanging up efforts by the South Korean display industry to set standards for next-generation thin-film-transistor LCDs. Such specs are needed if the nation's high-flying LCD makers are to stay competitive in the world market, according to industry experts. Yet the divisions between the two leading Korean display makers have become so deep that some industry watchers say it may take government arbitration to craft a standard.
Genetic algorithms design low-emission engine
News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Survival of the fittest principles have been employed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin's Engine Research Center (ERC) to evolve the world's most efficient truck engine one that pollutes less while consuming less fuel.
Cadence may spin out design services group News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Amid pressure from analysts and shareholders to unleash value from the fastest-growing portion of its business, Cadence Design Systems Inc. appears poised to spin out its lucrative design-services operation with a public offering. The only question is when.
Hurdles seen on road to wireless Internet News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Engineers have a long road to travel before they can deliver robust wireless Internet products, according to a panel discussion cosponsored by EE Times on Wednesday (June 28). Panelists from major OEMs including Alcatel, Ericsson, Nortel, Samsung and Philips identified a wide range of weak links in delivering robust Web services to mobile users.
Spec seeks to bring cohesion to DVD formats News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment The DVD Forum rolled out plans this week for a specification aimed at bringing greater order to an array of fragmented DVD standards. The DVD Multi effort is seeking to provide broader compatibility across DVD disks for the competing DVD-RAM and DVD-RW recording formats used in the consumer video market.
ATSC to consider enhancements to digital TV spec News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment In response to broadcasters' calls for flexible use of digital TV spectrum, the Advanced Television Systems Committee unanimously agreed on Wednesday (June 28) to explore "enhancements" to the vestigial-sideband modulation scheme that lies at the core of its U.S. DTV standard. The decision could open the door to variations that may not be backward-compatible with the current approach, which is known as 8-VSB.
A Host of E-Mail Services for Call Centers News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment You're ready to apply your expertise in routing and responding to phone calls to the way you answer e-mail. But you don't want to devote lots of time to installing e-mail routing software at your center. Here's how off-site hosting services can reduce the time it takes you to implement e-mail routing and enable agents to answer customers' e-mail messages in a timely and systematic manner.
Hitachi turns focus to smart cards in Europe News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Hitachi Semiconductor Europe is on target in its drive to switch to non-DRAM production at its facility in Landshut, Germany, with smart cards predicted to constitute half of its semiconductor sales by the third quarter.
Chip sales rack up another record in May News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Chip sales continued to barrel along at high-record levels in May, climbing 39.8 percent to $15.8 billion worldwide compared to $11.3 billion in the same month last year, according to a market report released Friday (June 30) by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) here.
Analog Devices buys Belfast firm for optical expertise News & Analysis 6/30/2000 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. announced Friday (June 30) that it will acquire BCO Technologies plc (Belfast, Northern Ireland) to increase its focus on optical devices for communications applications. The analog chip maker said it will trade stock, valued at $150 million, for BCO, a producer of integrated circuit wafers for micro-mechanical optical components.
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.