IBM calls for modeling standard News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The IBM-led Power.org group overseeing the Power CPU architecture is about to start an internal effort to define interface standards to link chip models with simulation tools for cores used in Power CPU-based designs, something the broader industry needs to lower design costs and shorten time-to-market, said and IBM executive.
Test instrument delivers pulse and noise generation Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment Agilent Technologies claims to introduce the industry's first pulse function arbitrary noise generator, which is said to provide superior signal quality combined with versatile waveforms for general-purpose bench tests or advanced serial data stress tests.
NXP powers ahead with programmable LTE modem Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is set to demonstrate at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a multi-mode, programmable LTE modem that will be the basis of a software defined radio system from the company.
DesignCon probes high-speed signaling issues News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment As signals move deeper into multi-gigabit territory, engineers are calling for more attention to the rising problems of modeling the interrelated affects of power, signaling and timing, issues that will be debated at next week's DesignCon event.
Holy War! Researchers say EEs have a 'terrorist mindset' News & Analysis 1/28/2008 37 comments According to Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog at Oxford University--who recently published the paper "Engineers of Jihad"--there is a strong relationship between an engineering background and involvement in a variety of Islamic terrorist groups.
Consumers getting cozy with fibre to the home News & Analysis 1/24/2008 Post a comment Early findings suggest consumers are tending to adopt and enjoy fibre-to-the-home video services at rates higher than for competing services based on satellite, cable and fibre to the neighborhood node, according to an executive at fibre optic supplier Corning.
U.S. unveils new export controls News & Analysis 1/22/2008 Post a comment The Bush administration on Tuesday (Jan. 22) rolled out a package of U.S. export control policies that seek to balance national security with the globalization of technology.
Call for presidential candidates to tackle tech issues News & Analysis 1/22/2008 Post a comment U.S. presidential candidates need to lay out clear, specific positions on the science and technology issues driving the global economy, addressing problems such as research funding, education and immigration that impact the future of the electronics industry, according a growing chorus of technology, business and government leaders.
IPC opposed to changes in EU RoHS directive Product News 1/21/2008 Post a comment With the threat of an expansion of the EU RoHS directive including additional substance restrictions, elimination of existing exemptions, and inclusion of more electronics equipment, industry association IPC is advocating for no changes at this time.
Patent reform debate heads to U.S. Senate News & Analysis 1/18/2008 Post a comment Calls for patent reform will heat up next month when the U.S. Senate is expected to take up a broad and controversial patent reform bill that aims to raise the quality of patents and reduce patent litigation and abuse, legislation that has pitted large electronics companies against individual inventors and the pharmaceutical industry and divided political parties and government branches in a debate over the best legal structure to protect innovation.
Video: Infineon CEO bets on cellular, clean tech News & Analysis 1/17/2008 Post a comment The coming year looks grim for semiconductor makers, but strength in cellphones and clean technologies hold opportunities for growth, according to Wolfgang Ziebart, chief executive of Infineon who spoke to us after attending the Steve Jobs keynote at MacWorld.
Ofcom, operators on collision course over spectrum News & Analysis 1/17/2008 Post a comment British communications regulator Ofcom is heading for a showdown with the country's two largest and original mobile operators over plans to take back part of the radio spectrum the operators have used since the 1980s to provide mobile phone coverage, and sell it to their rivals for 3G services.
European VC investments fall in 2007 News & Analysis 1/16/2008 Post a comment Venture capital investment into European companies during the fourth quarter of 2007 was Euros 1.21 billion, down from Euros 1.36 billion last quarter and Euros 1.52 billion for the corresponding quarter last year, representing a 6.6 percent decline for the year, according to research group Library House (Cambridge, England).
Chip makers must shift from fabs to systems News & Analysis 1/16/2008 Post a comment Semiconductor companies need to shift their focus from building fabs to building systems, and they must engage with customers at deep technical levels if they are to survive the current wave of consolidation, said Wolfgang Ziebart, chief executive of Infineon Technologies.
EDA ekes out modest growth as action moves offshore News & Analysis 1/14/2008 Post a comment The latest statistics from the EDA Consortium show semiconductor and electronic design are continuing their gradual shift outside North America. with modest single-digit growth overall for the sector that supplies chip and system design software.
Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs News & Analysis 1/11/2008 Post a comment Television has reached a pinnacle in hardware maturity with a range of thin LCD TVs shipping with high resolutions and frame rates, but the picture for these displays getting any new Internet-based content remains somewhat fuzzy.
Intel confirms NY subpoena, denies wrongdoing News & Analysis 1/10/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. confirmed it has received a subpoena from the New York Attorney General's office seeking documents as part of a new investigation alleging anti-competitive business practices, but the company denies any wrongdoing.