Virtutech sets foot in China Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment System simulation technology provider Virtutech Inc. announced it has created a subsidiary in Shanghai, China, in a view to support the growing demand for virtualized systems development solutions.
Survey shows how users want more on mobiles News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Users of mobile computing and portable communications expect to access more multimedia content over time but are not prepared to pay much by way of a subscription for the right, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, Hampshire).
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
Soitec builds growth strategy on 4 pillars, says CEO News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment The end of 2009 is fast approaching, and there is no better time to assess the year's achievements and highlight priorities for the coming year, and even years. At a press conference last week in Paris, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec SA (Bernin, France), said the company has the financial resources it needs to seize market opportunities and has built its growth strategy on four pillars.
Update: Patent office rejects Rambus claims News & Analysis 11/24/2009 2 comments A patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all 17 claims in three Rambus patents that the company asserted against Nvidia in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
U.S. pumps another $620M into smart grid projects News & Analysis 11/24/2009 1 comment The U.S. government has announced a second and final round of economic stimulus grants aimed at accelerating the transition to a smart electric grid with Boeing and two up-and-coming battery makers among the winners of a total of $620 million in grants from the Department of Energy to 32 projects mainly organized by electric utilities.
Is Apple unstoppable? The case against Apple News & Analysis 11/24/2009 7 comments Apple Inc. is not unstoppable. In fact, the momentum is building for halting the company's dominance of the consumer electronics market and eventually, rivals will in the near future chip away at its leadership until no single player ever gets again to rule the sector.
No fine for Qualcomm as EC closes antitrust case News & Analysis 11/24/2009 Post a comment The European Commission has decided to close formal antitrust proceedings against communications chipmaker and technology licensor Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) concerning an alleged breach of European rules on abuse of a dominant market position.
ISSCC preview: Medical device slashes tests costs News & Analysis 11/24/2009 Post a comment Researchers will describe at the International Solid State Circuits Conference a nuclear magnetic resonance device that could slash the size and cost of medical diagnostic systems, one of many papers at ISSCC suggesting advances in medical electronics on the horizon.
Video: Al Gore stumps for smart grid News & Analysis 11/20/2009 1 comment In between takes of guest appearances on TV's "30 Rock," Nobel prize winner and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore swept into Silicon Valley Thursday to stump for the smart electric grid and help hand out awards to technologists honored for their work in social justice.
Video: Duke Energy CTO calls for open smart grids News & Analysis 11/18/2009 Post a comment Electric utilities need to cut a path to open smart grid networks and China's burgeoning energy sector could lead the charge, said an executive from a large electric utility as the U.S. Department of Energy is gearing up to release details on a second round of grants for smart electric grids.
Supercap material company gets grant and CEO News & Analysis 11/16/2009 Post a comment Y-Carbon Inc., a nanomaterials company founded in 2004, working on nanoporous carbon, has announced that it has been awarded research funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense under the SBIR grant program.
IEEE revises membership rules News & Analysis 11/16/2009 Post a comment The IEEE Standards Association has revised its membership rules in an effort to ease the financial hurdles to participating in the group's many standards efforts.
HyperTransport leaps into server clusters News & Analysis 11/10/2009 Post a comment The HyperTransport Consortium aims to disclose extensions to the HyperTransport physical layer before the end of the year, enabling a new class of systems using HyperTransport to link a mixture of processors and systems using both coherent and non-coherent links.
AXIe standard brings scalability to instrumentation Product News 11/10/2009 Post a comment Aiming at higher performance per volume unit and better scalability for test and instrumentation applications, a group of equipment vendors has launched Advanced TCA Extensions for Instrumentation and Test (AXIe) as an open industry standard.
Intel debuts portable text-to-speech reader News & Analysis 11/10/2009 2 comments Intel's digital health group released the Intel Reader, a paperback-sized device that can take a picture of printed text with its 5 megapixel camera and convert it to speech for the dyslexic and visually impaired.
High court could curb business method patents News & Analysis 11/10/2009 1 comment Supreme Court justices struggled with the complexities of setting a test of what could be a patent and expressed some aversion to setting any new and broad standard as they heard oral arguments in the Bilski case Monday.
IMEC device can link to single nerve cells Product News 11/9/2009 Post a comment The IMEC research center in Leuven, Belgium, has developed a chip with microscopic nails that can interface with an individual heart or nerve cell, a device geared for in vitro medical research and ready for mass production.
Mitsubishi deal brings professor's LED patent haul to $27 million News & Analysis 11/6/2009 Post a comment Mitsubishi has agreed terms with Professor Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, professor emeritus at Columbia University, New York, over her assertion that Mitsubishi and dozens of other electronics manufacturers in Asia and Europe violated her patents for producing light emitting diodes and laser diodes.
Executive pay: 10 notable chip company CEOs News & Analysis 11/6/2009 2 comments The economy stinks. Rank-and-file engineers are feeling the pain. What about technology CEOs? We crunched the numbers buried in corporate financial statements to find out. Here's what we found.
Ruiz bows out of SIA awards dinner News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment Hector Ruiz, who resigned as chairman of Globalfoundries earlier this week after being reportedly linked to a high-profile insider-trading case, will not speak as planned at the Semiconductor Industry Association awards dinner Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the SIA.
Update: NY files antitrust suit against Intel News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that the world's No. 1 chip maker violated state and federal anti-monopoly laws by engaging in illegal conduct.
ST-Ericsson's recruitment gain is Intel's loss News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip company ST-Ericsson NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has appointed Edgar Auslander as senior vice president, head of strategic planning. Prior to joining ST-Ericsson, Auslander was director of the ultra mobility group at Intel.
Jury finds for TSMC over SMIC in trade secrets case News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has won a jury verdict over China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. in a long-running trade secrets dispute between the two foundries, according to an attorney involved in the case.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.