Atmel to outsource German fab operation News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment In a complex arrangement that in effect rids the company of the Heilbronn, Germany manufacturing operation it has been trying to sell for two years, Atmel said that a U.K. company has agreed to buy the fab's equipment and lease the facility from Atmel.
WiMax emulator debuts Product News 9/30/2008 Post a comment Elektrobit Corp. rolled out what it claims is the industry's first radio channel emulator aimed at manufacturers of basestations and subscriber devices using WiMax, LTE and other 4G wireless network standards.
R&D chiefs share their strategies News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Researchers in computer science are taking on new models and fresh subjects as the tackle with new and old challenges, according to a panel discussion that gathered R&D executives from Google, IBM, Microsoft and PARC.
Robotic posture control demonstrated News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment A two-wheeled, inverted pendulum robot that demonstrates posture control in robots that must balance was shown at Ceatac Japan by Waseda University's Humanoid Robotics Institute and industry partner STMicroelectronics.
Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
TSMC, Virage Logic expand IP agreement News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Virage Logic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have extended their agreement to provide intellectual property for system-on-chip designs for mainstream and advanced process technologies.
Chinese design center licenses MIPS cores News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment MIPS Technologies has licensed its low-power MIPS32 M4K and MIPS32 4Kc processor cores to China's Shenzhen Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center, an IC design industry base supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
RF components to see few benefits from basestation growth News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The global market for RF components for cellular basestations will remain flat at $1.1 billion through 2013 according to market research group Strategy Analytics. This despite the fact that actual shipments of basestations are forecast to grow to 13.4 million units in 2013, a CAAGR (compound annual average growth rate) of nearly 70 percent.
TTi : DC power supplies are web enabled Product News 9/30/2008 Post a comment The PL-P series of high performance dc power supplies from TTi offers a wide range of remote-control interfaces as standard. These include USB for simple PC connection, RS-232 for legacy applications and Ethernet for single PC or LAN based system applications.
ASML tips next gen EUV lithography system News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Lithography gear provider ASML (Veldhoven, the Netherlands) has unveiled a production version of its upcoming NXE range of EUV machines that, the company says, is part of a roadmap that supports cost-effective chip manufacturing to at least 11 nanometres (nm).
Trango's virtualization tool for TI OMAP receives certification Product News 9/30/2008 Post a comment Trango Virtual Processors, French provider of embedded processor virtualization IP, announced its HyperVisor embedded virtualization technology, dedicated to Texas Instruments' OMAP 2430 system-on-chip (SoC), complies with the CSPN (First level security certification) criteria, defined by the French National Security Agency.
Cloud computing hard to harness, experts say News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The vision of cloud computing is simple, but making it a reality will require years of work in areas such as parallel programming primitives, authentication standards and application programming interfaces, said panelists at an annual research event at the headquarters of Internet auctioneer eBay Inc.
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.