Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon News & Analysis 11/29/2008 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
Industrial Automation: To date no sign of recession News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment At SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg the industrial automation industry shows no sign of a recession. The industry is in a good mood, there is still growth and the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) expects further growth due to extensive bookings.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision News & Analysis 11/25/2008 2 comments The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
Nasdaq warns Cadence on compliance News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that the company is not in compliance with market rules for failing to file a 10-Q report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended Sept. 27.
PCI Express gears for backplane role News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Cadence promotes three to exec leadership team News & Analysis 11/21/2008 Post a comment EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc., which saw its leadership team gutted in October with the resignations of five top executives, has promoted three people to executive management positions in R&D, worldwide sales, field operations.
Report: Obama gives peek into H-1B policy News & Analysis 11/21/2008 Post a comment If President-elect Barack Obama appoints Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security the move would have significant implications on the incoming administration's policy on H-1B visas, according to a report.
Illinois gives sneak peak on multicore programming ideas News & Analysis 11/19/2008 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Illinois have detailed their agenda for defining the parallel programming capabilities needed for tomorrow's multicore processors in a white paper that provided one of the most specific plans to date for a next-generation multicore CPU they plan to build in tandem with new parallel programming tools.
U.S. launches Wiki on nano health and safety News & Analysis 11/18/2008 Post a comment The National Institute of Standards and Technology is co-developing a collaborative Web site aimed at establishing standard methods for minimizing the environmental, health and safety risks of nanotechnology.
Report: Patent office continues to fall behind News & Analysis 11/17/2008 1 comment The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave itself high marks in an annual report but the office still has not found a route to clearing its growing backlog of applications despite several programs in the works.
Spec drives USB to 300 Mbytes/s and beyond Product News 11/17/2008 1 comment The widely used USB interface officially gets an upgrade to a version 3.0 at a developers' conference where a handful of companies are expected to announce product plans for the new spec with data rates that could hit 400 Mbytes/second.
Cray second to break petaflops barrier News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment The world officially has a second petaflop-class computer, the Jaguar system at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory hit Linpack performance of 1.059 petaflops using a Cray XT5 system in the latest rankings of the world's fastest supercomputers.
AMD nudges graphics computing forward Product News 11/13/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices is releasing new software and hardware to drive use of its graphics processors for general-purpose Stream Computing initiative, competing head-on with Nvidia Corp. to establish a way to use graphics chips as parallel processors for a range of high-end technical and media uses.
Synopsys announces USB 3.0 cores Product News 11/12/2008 Post a comment Synopsys is announcing its plans to ship intellectual property cores for the USB 3.0 interface a week ahead of a conference where the initial spec for the fast interconnect is expected to be released.
ARM group seeks to extend microcontroller software reuse Product News 11/12/2008 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) came to a hotel adjacent to the Electronica exhibition here and announced the availability of the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), a hardware abstraction layer for the Cortex-M processor series.
NetLogic preps 100G Ethernet PHY chip News & Analysis 11/10/2008 Post a comment NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is angling to become the first company to sample a physical layer chip for the upcoming 40/100 Gbit Ethernet standard, one of the first pieces of the puzzle for a market expected to come together slowly over the next few years.
Intel rolls health care system and service News & Analysis 11/9/2008 1 comment Intel Corp. has decided it wants to be the first big systems integrator in what it believes could be a trillion dollar market for home health care services, rolling out a new line of systems, software and services for health care providers.
Rambus files ITC complaint against Nvidia News & Analysis 11/6/2008 Post a comment Memory technology IP provider Rambus has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation into alleged patent violations by graphics graphics chip vendor Nvidia.
Wanted: America's top tech exec News & Analysis 11/5/2008 1 comment President-elect Barack Obama pledged to name the first U.S. federal chief technology officer as part of his platform as a candidate, so here are our recommendations on what the job should focus on and eight candidates to consider.
SanDisk rolls format for flash drives Product News 11/5/2008 1 comment SanDisk Corp. is announcing a new flash-file format for solid-state drives it will release in its 2009 products, claiming it bolsters performance 100-fold on some operations, along with two metrics for comparing the performance of SSDs.
R&D jobs bear the brunt of Nokia restructuring News & Analysis 11/4/2008 Post a comment Nokia is continuing to reduce its headcount as it responds to lower market forecasts for mobile phones, and will cut a further 450 jobs in production, sales and marketing as well as "sharpen its focus on fewer but stronger research areas", which will see headcount at its Research Centre fall by 130.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.