Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000 Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
Siemens could face SEC probe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment German law enforcement investigations into alleged bribery activity by Siemens AG employees indicate that so-called letterbox companies in the United States and the British Virgin Islands may have had a role.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope? Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
Microsoft buys stake in TCS China News & Analysis 11/27/2006 Post a comment Microsoft Corp. has acquired a 10 percent equity stake in TCS China, a joint venture IT services firm working with software services giant Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
USB data acquisition module is optically-isolated Product News 11/21/2006 Post a comment ACCES I/O Products' USB embedded data acquisition module (USB-IIRO4-2SM) incorporates four optically isolated digital inputs, four Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relay outputs, and two RS-232/422/485 serial communication ports, all packaged in an industrial enclosure.
Keynoter suggests changes in Indian policy News & Analysis 11/21/2006 Post a comment The Indian government must change its policies to encourage electronics manufacturing in the country, merely giving incentives and subsidizing semiconductor fabs will not be adequate according to speakers at the second annual Mentor Graphics' user forum here.
Nova Measuring cuts 8% of workforce News & Analysis 11/21/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor metrology specialist Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., is reducing its workforce by 8 percent, with research and development groups and production staff set to be the worst affected. It is taking a $300 000 charge in its fourth quarter because of the cutbacks.
Software-based PXI plug-in grants 2-Gsamples/s sampling speed Product News 11/16/2006 Post a comment Check out this PXI digitizer/oscilloscope plug-in that provides a 1-Gsample/s realtime sampling rate on two simultaneous channels, or 2-Gsamples/s on one channel. It uses 8-bit data conversion. For repetitive signals, it provides an equivalent-time sampling mode that lets it sample at up to 20-Gsamples/s.
Analyst: CE in 'Camelot' era, but threats loom Product News 11/16/2006 Post a comment The consumer electronics segment is currently "in a Camelot era" and stands to profit from a strong holiday buying season in the U.S., according to Sean Wargo, director of industry analyst for the Consumer Electronics Association. But Wargo warned that long- and short-terms threats could derail momentum.
PCB tester is equipped with boundary scan, PXI, more Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment Test-and-measurement firm Aeroflex is offering its 5800 Series of multi-configuration, multi-function PCB test systems. They let you integrate hardware with commercial off-the-shelf and PXI instruments from third-party suppliers, so that one machine can be cost-effectively configured to any test environment.
Commentary: EDA's identity problem News & Analysis 11/10/2006 Post a comment The EDA industry has done well this year, but in general it's struggling--struggling with its identity, with its message and, most jarringly, with its value proposition.
Intel confirms $1 billion Vietnam investment News & Analysis 11/10/2006 Post a comment Intel Corp. confirmed Friday (Nov. 10) that it will more than triple its investment in a new facility in Vietnam to $1 billion, creating the largest single factory in its global assembly and test network.
Report: skill shortage, labor costs challenge India design News & Analysis 11/2/2006 2 comments An inadequate number of skilled engineers due to lack of specialized institutes and advanced technical courses is a big barrier to the growth of India's VLSI design business for the next two years, according to a study by the India Semiconductor Association.
Low cost systems address Wi-Fi test Product News 11/2/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a low-cost wireless test system family from GaGe Applied Technologies that comprises signal generation and analysis hardware and software for testing of IEEE-802.11 a, b, g, j, and n wireless devices. These testers are claimed to provide base performance that's 10-dB better than your device under test.
Vector signal analyzer uses software-defined radio architecture Product News 11/2/2006 Post a comment Keithley Instruments says its Model 2810 Vector signal analyzer touts measurement speeds up to three times faster than competitive instruments for production test. What's more, it takes up half the space, and costs half as much as competitive products. A Model 2810 can perform a 200-MHz span sweep, using a narrow resolution bandwidth of 100-Hz, in approximately 15 seconds.
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.