Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz News & Analysis 10/29/2009 6 comments The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
Verizon to OEMs: Get the heat out News & Analysis 10/28/2009 2 comments Verizon Communications Inc. will require OEMs starting in July 2010 to supply thermal models for circuit boards and cabinets for any equipment they want to sell to the carrier as part of a new energy-saving strategy.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
U.S. awards $3.4 billion in smart grid grants News & Analysis 10/27/2009 Post a comment Eighteen million homes—13 percent of all U.S. households--will get smart electric meters within three years as part of $3.4 billion in U.S. government grants to upgrade the country's aging electric grid announced by President Barack Obama in remarks at one of the country's largest solar farms in Arcadia, Florida.
Universities weigh in on patent reform News & Analysis 10/26/2009 1 comment A group of university organizations has sent a letter expressing its concerns in the ongoing debate over patent reform in a letter that said the group believes the current Senate patent reform bill is tied up in "negotiations underway within the Senate Judiciary Committee."
Qualcomm creates open source software group News & Analysis 10/26/2009 1 comment Qualcomm Inc. announced Monday it has set up a separate wholly-owned subsidiary to work on open source software for mobile systems, the Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. with a dedicated group of engineers led by Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
U.S.: China boosting cyber war efforts News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment China's military modernization efforts initially aimed at fielding "networked forces" that can operate throughout Asia are also spurring development of a new cyber warfare capability, according to a government report.
Updated: Australian utility deploys smart meters on WiMax News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment Seeking to differentiate itself in a competitive market, SP AusNet, a utility company in Australia, has agreed to install by December 2013 more than 680,000 smart meters riding a WiMax network as part of a government plan to deploy more than 2.5 million smart meters over the next four years in the state of Victoria.
Symbian opens source microkernel, ahead of schedule .... News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment Symbian has released the platform micro kernel, and supporting development kit, under the Eclipse Public License, proving, the pioneer in mobile operating systems says, that the Symbian Foundation is shifting to an open source model faster than anticipated.
EU project set to make chip cards more secure News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment Three of Europe's leading chip makers, Infineon Technologies AG, ST Microelectronics and NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, as well as its largest supplier of chip cards, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and Gemalto, have joined forces with several other companies and research organizations to develop a high-security chip card platform.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
Off-grid charging of mobiles powers a $2.3B opportunity News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Up to 500 million mobile users " more than 10 percent of global subscribers - in emerging countries could benefit from the provisioning of off-grid charging solutions such as solar phones or external solar chargers, according to a report from the GSMA.
Low power Bluetooth set to be energized News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Just over 2.5 billion Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chipsets will ship in 2014 in a market that will grow at 78 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2014; but less than a third of those shipments will be for the single mode ICs, according to market research group ABI.
The forecast comes as the low energy Bluetooth community gathers in Munich, Germany for its first international technology conference at which, for instance Texas Instruments will showcase an ultra low-power coin cell demo using the upcom
Plug-and-play forum launches smart grid group News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment The Universal Plug and Play Forum has set up a smart grid task force aiming to set standards for how home networked devices monitor and manage electricity consumption and promote UPnP technology as a part of emerging smart grid standards worldwide.
Researcher paves alternate path for hard drives News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Carnegie Mellon University professor Jimmy Jian-Gang Zhu is developing a microwave-assisted magnetic recording technique he believes will pack three terabits of data in a square inch of a hard disk, opening a third path in an ongoing debate about the future of the hard drive.
Nokia wins ruling in 3G patents dispute News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Nokia has been exonerated by the U.S. International Trade Commission in the case against InterDigital when the agency confirmed an earlier decision that the Finnish phone maker did not violate some of the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based wireless IP group's UMTS based 3G patents.
Smart moves at ITU to unify home net standards News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment The HomeGrid Forum, an industry group established to drive industry specifications for home networking, is urging silicon manufacturers to start adopting the G.Hn standard following the decision by the ITU to ratify key elements of the specification for networking via power lines.
Yokogawa : Mixed-signal scopes have bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz Product News 10/14/2009 Post a comment he Yokogawa DLM6000 mixed-signal oscilloscope is the flagship product in a new family of high-performance digital oscilloscopes featuring bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz, memory of 6.25 M points per channel, an intuitive graphical user interface and a number of advanced analysis features.
Counterpoint: Synergies could trigger a Synopsys-ARM merger News & Analysis 10/13/2009 8 comments Semiconductor intellectual property (IP) is a way for chip makers to share the cost of developing standard designs so that they can invest more in the differentiating features of their chips. For ARM to be controlled by any one of its customers or even a small group of its customers would break the IP business model.
Three charged with selling counterfeit ICs News & Analysis 10/12/2009 7 comments Three Californians have been charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods in connection with the alleged sale of counterfeit ICs to the U.S. Navy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Stimulus dollars flow for health care IT News & Analysis 10/12/2009 1 comment The first flush of economic stimulus funds are flowing to implement electronic health records, promising a foundation for future digital, networked medical services and systems, but work is still in an early stage, observers said.
Nvidia won't build chipsets for Intel's Nehalem News & Analysis 10/8/2009 Post a comment Graphics chip vendor Nvidia has halted development of chipsets for next-generation Intel processors that feature the direct media interface bus, pending the outcome of current litigation between the two companies, Nvidia said.
DOJ opposes rehearing in Xilinx-IRS case News & Analysis 10/8/2009 Post a comment Xilinx' petition for a rehearing in its dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over dealings with a foreign subsidiary should be denied, the U.S. Justice Department said in a legal brief.
Tektronix : Precision bench DMM suits complex designs Product News 10/7/2009 Post a comment Tektronix announces the DMM4000 series of 5.5 digit and 6.5 digit resolution digital multimeters (DMM) designed to help engineers debug complex electronics and validate circuit design through precision measurements and in-depth analysis capabilities.
Watertight, low-power micro-actuator probes brain, in-vivo News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Using the principal of hydrophobia, scientists at IMEC have overcome the problem of making their ultra-low-power 'inch-worm' micro-actuator watertight, thereby opening up a wide range of in-vivo biomedical applications, including recording the activity of individual neurons in the brain.
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.