High flex cables target demanding C-Track, robotic applications Product News 8/31/2008 Post a comment Designed for demanding continuous flexing applications, Weidmuller's SAI High Flex cables include PUR/PVC cables and halogen free PUR/PUR cables that are rated for C-track applications, as well as weld slag-resistant PUR cables designed to endure the twisting motion of robotic applications.
Vishay-IR deal could end or turn nasty News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Now that International Rectifier Corp. has formally rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s purchase offer, the two companies must now chart separate paths or seek ways to revive the $1.6 billion transaction.
Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment A U.S. District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling invalidating a charge pump patent held by Linear Technology, according to a Advanced Analogic Technologies. (AnalogicTech), a provider of power management ICs for mobile consumer devices.
Researchers create quantum repeater News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Scientists from Austria, China and Germany have implemented a stable quantum repeater. The device has the potential to obtain a central function in future quantum effect-based communication networks.
Rofin-Sinar, Manz develop PV production technology News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Laser beam specialist Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. (Plymouth, MI) plans to develop a new machine concept for the production of thin-film solar modules. For this purpose, the company has entered a strategic alliance with Reutlingen (Germany) based Manz Automation AG.
KLA-Tencor COO Kispert stepping down News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment John Kispert, president and chief operating officer of chip gear vendor KLA-Tencor, will step down at the end of the year. The company also announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
Magma reports bigger loss, lowers full-year guidance News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment EDA vendor Magma Design Automation reported revenue of $45.7 million for the quarter ended Aug. 3, down 9 percent from the same period a year ago. Citing a difficult business environment, Magma also lowered its guidance for the full fiscal year.
How 'reorganized' is AMD? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc's reorganization of its entire operation appears to be drawing to a close with the pending announcement of the asset-light manufacturing strategy but questions persist on how much the semiconductor company has changed and whether the steps taken were sufficient to improve the company's competitive position in the microprocessor and graphics IC markets. Will AMD complete one round of reorganization and have to immediately embark upon another?
Atmel rolls out 1.8-V 8-Mbit serial flash Product News 8/28/2008 Post a comment With a low-voltage operating range of 1.65V to 1.95V, Atmel's 8-Mbit serial flash operates at the same voltage range as many current and upcoming sub-90nm ASICs and processors/controllers, which allows system designers to finally create applications that can use a single supply voltage for all components in the system while also saving a significant amount of cost.
ChipMOS cuts investment in China News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment ChipMOS Technologies Ltd. said that its IC-packaging and test subsidiary in Shanghai, China--Modern Mind Technology Ltd.--has formally cut its capital investment in that operation.
PDF buys IC fault detection firm News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment PDF Solutions Inc., a provider of yield enhancement software for IC manufacturing, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Triant Holdings Inc.'s fault detection and classification business. The deal was valued at $1.75 million.
Is Sony Ericsson about to break up? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment In an interview with Die Welt online, Sony CEO Howard Stringer appeared disappointed with the performance of Sony's mobile phone joint venture with Ericsson. In the interview Stringer hinted that break-up or reorganization was possible if things don't improve.
Consumer group licenses Belfast audio codec News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Armour Group plc (Tunbridge Wells, England), a company that trades under the names of a number of consumer electronics brands, has licensed the apt-X audio codec from audio compression specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.