Wireless USB startup WiQuest folds News & Analysis 10/31/2008 1 comment WiQuest Communications Inc. officially closed its doors today, the first of perhaps several casualties to fall among ultrawideband chip designers.
Hollywood: Court rules against China DVD player maker News & Analysis 10/31/2008 Post a comment The Motion Picture Association of America said a California court issued a permanent injunction that prohibits China-based DVD player manufacturer Gowell Electronics from violating any term of the Content Scramble System license agreement.
CEA supports new Energy Star TV spec Product News 10/30/2008 Post a comment The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced support for the new ENERGY STAR specification for televisions, which takes effect on November 1, 2008. The new specification for the first time accounts for both active and standby power consumption across all types of televisions.
Over-the-air TV gears for mobile, Web roles News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment Proponents of over-the-air digital TV are gearing up for new mobile and Web offerings that could hit as early as next year, but even some implementers admit the effort faces a host of daunting challenges.
Amkor's Q3 profit plummets News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Chip-packaging provider Amkor Technology saw its third quarter profit plummet to $34 million, down 48 percent from the second quarter and down 44 percent from the third quarter of 2007.
Mosaid, Powerchip settle patent litigation News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies said it has settled its patent infringement litigation with Powerchip Semiconductor and signed a patent license agreement with the Taiwanese provider of memory chips and foundry services.
Nobel Laureates back Obama. Do you agree? News & Analysis 10/29/2008 13 comments Seventy-six U.S. Nobel Laureates have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama as the U.S. presidential candidate who best understands the importance of science and technology in boosting U.S. competitiveness.
Qualcomm faces $1bn GPS patent lawsuit News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has become embroiled in yet another patent litigation battle, this time focusing on assisted-GPS technology and against U.S. homeland security company Gabriel Technologies.
Video: Top Hollywood techie on digital shift News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Wendy Aylsworth, the vice president of engineering for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, discusses Hollywood's transition to digital networking, SMPTE's new structure and its broadband and 3DTV groups.
Preliminary DFI specification 2.1 now available News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment The preliminary version of the DDR PHY Interface (DFI) specification 2.1, which defines an interface protocol between memory controller logic and PHY interfaces, has been made available on the DFI ecosystem community Web site.
Wi-Fi Alliance studies possible 11n confusion News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment Proponents of Wi-Fi are wondering whether consumers will be confused by the rollout of a wide variety of implementations of the latest 802.11n version of the technology an issue still under study at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Opinion: Test your mindset News & Analysis 10/27/2008 Post a comment When designers and test engineers make their annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of T&M this week, they won't find the same-old, same-old. The 39th ITC is about getting them to work in union.
Cisco engineer lobbies for blade-server beater News & Analysis 10/23/2008 Post a comment A senior engineer from Cisco Systems is trying to rally support for an expanded Advanced TCA design for the data center, going head-to-head with the blade servers of top computer makers such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard at a time of expanding interest in dense, modular systems to serve users ranging from Google to the U.S. Navy.
Fairchild settles patent dispute News & Analysis 10/20/2008 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor said it has signed a settlement and cross-license agreement with Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, ending a patent dispute that began in 2007.
Startup claims Gbit version of Wi-Fi News & Analysis 10/14/2008 Post a comment Quantenna Communications Inc. officially joins the ranks of companies crafting high-end variations of 802.11n silicon with a chip set using 4x4 MIMO antennas along with beam forming and mesh technologies to deliver an aggregate throughput of up to a Gbit/second.
Wireless start-up Zinwave taps Forrest as chairman News & Analysis 10/10/2008 Post a comment Zinwave Ltd (Cambridge, England), a start-up working to commercialize technologies using optical fibre technology to integrate, unify and simplify how cellular and wireless coverage are provided within buildings, has appointed Dr. John Forrest non-executive Chairman.
Intel event lobbies for unified 60-GHz spec News & Analysis 10/9/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. hosted a gathering of about 120 researchers this week as part of an effort to drive toward a standard for 60-GHz wireless networks that could serve a broad range of computer and consumer systems.
Teams partner for maskless ICs News & Analysis 10/9/2008 Post a comment Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited and e-Shuttle, Inc. have adopted the design for e-beam technology from design and software company DS2 to deliver cost and time reductions for producing prototypes, derivatives and ICs.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times