How To Succeed As A Start-Up Founder News & Analysis 1/30/2007 Post a comment It's the business issues that don't crop up until you're already up and running that can cause the most headaches at a startup venture. Find out the lessons learned from an IT security professional who set up his own Infosec company.
Rambus to detail ultra low power I/O technology News & Analysis 1/29/2007 Post a comment Rambus Inc. is expected to plow new ground in high speed, but low power interconnects with a paper at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February detailing a technique to deliver I/O at power rates as little as 2miiliWatts per Gbit per second.
UCSB researchers claim blue laser diode breakthrough News & Analysis 1/29/2007 Post a comment A team of University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers led by Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer of laser diode science, have created a new type of blue-violet laser diode that they say could replace the c-plane violet laser diodes used for competing next-generation DVD formats. The researchers say they've achieved lasing operation in nonpolar gallium nitride semiconductors and demonstrated the world's first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes.
RuBee seen as alternative protocol to RFID News & Analysis 1/26/2007 Post a comment You have got used to ZigBee, are pondering the benefits of WiBree, so start getting used to yet another wireless networking protocol - RuBee, also known as IEEE 1902.1. The emerging standard is expected to give retailers and manufacturers an alternative to RFID for many applications.
Elpida, Powerchip ramp 70-nm production News & Analysis 1/26/2007 Post a comment Joint venture partners Elpida Memory Inc. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. will commence business in April, aiming to launch manufacturing operations with a 70-nm process by this summer.
Networked IEEE-1588 clocking ensures timing, frequency measurement Product News 1/25/2007 Post a comment In some test-and-measurement applications, ensuring high accuracy time transfer over probabilistic networks is desirable. Symmetricom's XLi IEEE 1588 Grandmaster Clock, with its GPS reference, implements the IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol protocol to ensure accurate synchronization over Ethernet LANs.
Broadcom restates, takes $2.2B in options charges News & Analysis 1/24/2007 Post a comment Broadcom announced the filing of amended and delayed 2005 annual and 2006 quarterly reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which included net readjustments of $2.2 billion as a consequence of improperly backdated stock options.
Microtune makes SEC filings, takes $8.5M charge News & Analysis 1/23/2007 Post a comment TV tuner chip specialist Microtune said it has made required filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for three quarters of 2006 and for the full year 2005. As a result of improper past stock options granting procedures, Microtune said it took additional stock-based compensation charges of approximately $8.5 million.
Report: Jobs waited months to report options grant News & Analysis 1/23/2007 Post a comment In a break from common company practice, Apple CEO Steve Jobs waited about two-thirds of a year to report receiving 7.5 million options that Apple said last month were improperly backdated, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Scope/analyzer gets phase-noise, spectral jitter analysis Product News 1/22/2007 Post a comment With modules and software for high-speed serial device characterization and signal integrity measurement, Agilent Technologies rolls out phase-noise application software and options for the company's popular DCA-J digital communications analyzer/scope. Both hardware and software enhancements are billed by Agilent as industry-firsts.
Newspapers blast e-reader makers over poor interfaces News & Analysis 1/19/2007 Post a comment Senior executives at Ifra, the global newspaper association, blasted the quality of electronic readers suitable for displaying newspapers on the move and suggested it is the user interface on existing e-readers, such as the Iliad from Philips Electronics off-shoot iRex Technologies BV, that needs to be significantly improved.
Gbit/s pattern generators get options Product News 1/18/2007 Post a comment Providing options to hasten characterization of high-speed interfaces, Agilent Technologies introduces pattern generators with jitter injection capabilities. Useful to 7-Gbit/s and 12.5-Gbit/s, these pattern generators now let you accurately stimulate serial high-speed ports with all types of jitter.
With Ryan out, fate of options task force uncertain News & Analysis 1/18/2007 Post a comment The abrupt resignation earlier this week of Kevin Ryan, the San Francisco-based U.S. Attorney, has left unclear the fate of the task force Ryan established last year to investigate historical stock options granting practices at Northern California companies.
Ultra Mobile PC hosts RF spectrum analyzer Product News 1/16/2007 Post a comment Check out this handheld wireless spectrum analyzer running on a Pentium-based Windows XP tablet PC. Its calibrated receiver can measure popular wireless bands, including those for Wi-Fi, Wi-MAX, ISM, and Bluetooth.
Free forums to address lead-free issues Product News 1/15/2007 Post a comment iNEMI has scheduled several lead-free forums at the IPC Printed Circuits Expo, APEX and Designers Summit in Los Angeles, Calif., February 18-22. The industry-led consortium also plans to provide a sneak peak of its 2007 Roadmap.
Spectrum analyzer zeros in on cellular technologies Product News 1/9/2007 Post a comment Slated for low-frequency applications, a baseband analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz is tailored to the requirements of chipset development for cellphones and cellular base stations. With a frequency range up to 36 MHz, it can make measurements ahead of RF signals and measure I/Q signals at baseband.
Handheld analyzer displays eye patterns Product News 1/8/2007 Post a comment Working with high-speed serial data? Then look at this battery-powered handheld that can make PHY layer eye pattern measurements. It can be used with interfaces at OC-192/STM-64, 10G Fibre Channel, and 10G Ethernet data rates. With two electrical inputs you can peruse eye patterns, pulse patterns, and make mask compliance measurements at speeds to 12.5-Gbits/s.
Former Aptix CEO sentenced to 17 years News & Analysis 1/6/2007 Post a comment Amr Mohsen, the former chairman and CEO of a Aptix who was implicated in a murder-for-hire plot in 2004, was sentenced to 17 years in prison following a March 2006 conviction on 17 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice and other counts, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney.
EPA reduces TRI reporting burden Product News 1/4/2007 Post a comment IPC has announced that after years of advocating for reform of the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) rule, the government agency has finalized a TRI ruling that reduces the burden of reporting for small companies that use small amounts of the TRI chemicals.
Pixelplus claims split decision in patent ruling News & Analysis 1/3/2007 Post a comment South Korean fabless chip vendor Pixelplus said it obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office granting the company's request to "effectively cancel and invalidate" a disputed contact hole process patent claimed by South Korean rival MagnaChip Semiconductor.
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.