DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Can nuclear waste be handled safely? News & Analysis 1/29/2010 14 comments A blue-ribbon panel convened by the Obama Administration must answer within two years the question of how the latest science and technology can provide safe methods to handle the waste from nuclear power plants. We'd like to hear what you think.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Next stop for digital media--the cloud News & Analysis 1/22/2010 Post a comment Apple, Disney and a broad coalition of companies are working on cloud-based services that analysts say will usher in the next phase of the digital media era, aiming to let users safely store movies, songs and e-books they can access anytime on any device—or almost any device.
Infineon files patent suit against Volterra News & Analysis 1/22/2010 Post a comment German chip vendor Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has filed a lawsuit alleging patent infringement against Volterra Semiconductor Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Hynix holding out against Rambus, say reports News & Analysis 1/21/2010 Post a comment Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. still sees a gap between its position and that of Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.), the memory intellectual property licensor that is pursuing it in the law courts, according to reports.
Ex-ST exec calls for EDA to take strategic view News & Analysis 1/20/2010 Post a comment When asked if the EDA industry has a roadmap, Joseph Borel, ex-executive vice president in central research and development at STMicroelectronics NV (Switzerland, Geneva), answers affirmatively as Europe continually renews the Medea+ EDA roadmap. The real question should however be: Does the EDA industry need an international roadmap?
U.S. cracks down on Energy Star violators News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy plans to start conducting its own tests soon to determine whether products are in compliance with the Energy Star program, the latest step in a broad initiative under the Obama Administration to crack down on an electronics industry that has been lax in adhering to the requirements of the energy efficiency program.
Kodak sues Apple, RIM over camera patents News & Analysis 1/14/2010 Post a comment Eastman Kodak Co. has filed lawsuits against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd., alleging patent infringement on digital cameras just days after Kodak settled an ongoing patent dispute with Samsung.
Test gear firm cuts jobs in wake of acquisitions News & Analysis 1/14/2010 Post a comment Test equipment vendor Ixia plans to cut roughly 80 jobs as part of a restructuring initiative following its acquisitions late last year of Catapult Communications and of Agilent Technologies' N2X data network testing product line.
Japan university to use Agilent ESL software News & Analysis 1/14/2010 Post a comment Yamagata University in Japan announced it has licensed Agilent Technologies' SystemVue ESL software to reduce by up to 30 percent the time required for the design and verification of its communication hysical layer (PHY) system.
Reporter's notebook: The CES tsunami hits News & Analysis 1/5/2010 1 comment While I slept last night, more than a dozen of the companies fired off press releases about new or improved platforms at the Consumer Electronics Show that could change the way something happens for the average Joe--two days before CES even begins.
Vizio puts 60 GHz in HDTV, Blu-ray drive at CES News & Analysis 1/5/2010 3 comments Vizio Inc. will announce at the Consumer Electronics Show plans to use the 60 GHz chips from SiBeam Inc. in a high definition TV and Blu-ray player that will ship in June a move the startup says is a sign its technology is leading a hotly competitive race to enable wireless video in the home.
Vizio puts 60 GHz in HDTVs, but not Blu-ray drives News & Analysis 1/4/2010 1 comment Vizio Inc. will announce at the Consumer Electronics Show plans to use the 60 GHz chips from SiBeam Inc. in a high definition TV that will ship in June a move the startup says is a sign its technology is leading a hotly competitive race to enable wireless video in the home.
Video: What to expect at CES 2010 News & Analysis 1/4/2010 Post a comment In a video preview of the Consumer Electronics Show, editor-at-large Rick Merritt shares his thoughts about what to look for at CES this week including analysis of 3DTV, e-books, smartbooks and wireless video.
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.