Judge refuses to block spread of hacked DVD code News & Analysis 12/29/1999 Post a comment A lawyer for the licensing agency responsible for DVD security asked a judge Wednesday to halt the spread of hacked code that can be used to thwart DVD encryption. The request came as part of a lawsuit by the DVD Copy Control Association Inc., which wants to remove from the Internet a small software program that can copy the encrypted video portion of a DVD disk.
LEDs light up Times Square News & Analysis 12/28/1999 Post a comment The Nasdaq is expected to light up Times Square at a 5:20 p.m. EDT ceremony today with a 120 x 90-foot display that lays claim to being the world's biggest. The display at Nasdaq MarketSite Tower consists of almost 19-million light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and covers roughly a 10,736 square-foot area, rising more than eight floors.
Company uses MIPS to "Ramp" toward DSL platforms News & Analysis 12/27/1999 Post a comment Ramp Networks Inc., a company with nearly five years' experience developing broadband access systems for small-office/home-office markets, will make a break with its original ISDN WebRamp routers, moving to a platform optimized for Digital Subscriber Line service.
Hitachi, UMC eye logic at 300-mm joint venture fab News & Analysis 12/27/1999 Post a comment Hitachi Ltd. and Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today (12/27) announced plans for a joint venture in 300-mm wafer processing, which will be based in Japan and begin manufacturing operations in early 2001. The unnamed joint-venture company will be located in Hitachi's N3 building in Hitachinaka, and it is scheduled to begin pilot runs of 300-mm wafers in January 2001.
E-books turn the page on mobile requirements News & Analysis 12/21/1999 Post a comment As mobile computing de-vices such as electronic books proliferate, it quickly becomes apparent that the requirements for such devices differ greatly from those of traditional portables, such as notebook computers.
E-book vendors gird for technical challenges News & Analysis 12/21/1999 Post a comment Despite the ease and cost savings of electronic communications when compared with traditional publication methods, the computer revolution has failed to make a dent in the overwhelming predominance of paper document production. Indeed, as Robert Faber, senior vice president at Softbook Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), explains in his contribution to this week's focus section on electronic-book design, computer-generated text combined with low-cost printers has only increased the use of paper.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.