FCC approves AT&T-BellSouth merger News & Analysis 12/30/2006 Post a comment The FCC approves the merger of AT&T and BellSouth after company agrees to repatriating BellSouth jobs, providing cheap Internet access, and assuring "net Neutrality" in packet delivery.
Apple restates, acknowledges faked documents News & Analysis 12/29/2006 Post a comment In regulatory filings, Apple Computer recognized additional non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $84 million after tax, including $4 million, $7 million and $10 million in fiscal years 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. The company acknowledged that it faked documentation of a special meeting of its board pertaining to a 2001 options grant to CEO Steve Jobs.
Hedge fund urges Cypress to reorg, go private News & Analysis 12/28/2006 Post a comment Los Angeles-based hedge fund Chapman Capital has written a letter to the board of directors of Cypress Semiconductor urging the company to reorganize itself and become a private company through leveraged buyout.
Intel ordered to produce evidence News & Analysis 12/28/2006 Post a comment A U.S. District Court in Delaware has ordered Intel to produce documents and other evidence related to its business conduct outside of the U.S., according to a statement issued by Advanced Micro Devices.
Former KLA-Tencor CEO Tompkins resigns from board News & Analysis 12/27/2006 Post a comment Jon Tompkins, former chairman and CEO of fab equipment supplier KLA-Tencor, resigned from the company's board of directors Dec. 21, according to a regulatory filing. Tompkins is the fourth high-ranking official to abruptly sever ties with KLA-Tencor since the company was implicated in a scandal over historical stock options grants.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test Product News 12/26/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Slew of high-tech execs on Santa's naughty list News & Analysis 12/22/2006 Post a comment Just days before Santa loads up the sleigh the make his famous trek, the U.S. Justice Department has provided a reminder that many high-tech executives had better be prepared to find lumps of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.
SED's CES pullout likely related to patent dispute Product News 12/22/2006 Post a comment A legal dispute with Nano-Proprietary has placed an obstacle in the path of Toshiba and Canon's promotion of SED displays at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, an important event for a technology scheduled to be in commercial production next year.
Samsung Semi president faces jail in DRAM probe News & Analysis 12/21/2006 Post a comment The president of Samsung Semiconductor, the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has agreed to plead guilty, serve 10 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine in connection with an ongoing U.S. Justice Department investigation into DRAM price fixing in 2001 and 2002.
ADI sues Silicon Labs for patent infringement News & Analysis 12/21/2006 Post a comment Analog Devices filed a patent infringement suit against Silicon Laboratories in U.S. District Court in Boston. ADI alleges that Silicon Labs' Si84xx family of products infringe multiple U.S. patents addressing physical construction and signaling techniques related to ADI's iCoupler digital isolation products.
3GPP wireless library eases way through evolving standard Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment Hastening next-generation mobile communications product development, Agilent Technologies rolls out its 3GPP LTE Wireless Library for use with the company's existing Advanced Design System EDA software. The library is expected to help you speed development of evolving 3GPP Long Term Evolution designs.
U.S.: Ex-Chinese national stole military technology News & Analysis 12/14/2006 Post a comment A former Chinese national has been charged in a 36-count indictment alleging that he stole military application trade secrets and used them in demonstration and sales proposals to China, Malaysia and Thailand, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney.
Single-chip comprises THD analyzer Product News 12/14/2006 Post a comment Build your own test gear. Specialized IC supplier Mixed Signal Integration has a nifty CMOS chip that can measure THD. The device is a single-chip 1/6th octave-wide five-harmonic distortion analyzer.
Data acquisition modules connect through USB Product News 12/14/2006 Post a comment Connecting data-acq modules to a computer couldn't be any easier than plugging them into a USB port. Here's the first module in a family of USB modules that ultimately will include reed relay, Form C relay, optically isolated input, TTL interfaces to solid-state relays,and A/D and D/A types.
GSMA calls for clarity on mobile comms IPR News & Analysis 12/14/2006 Post a comment The trade association representing the interests of mobile phone operators, GSM Association (GSMA), has urged industry to increase the transparency around intellectual property rights related to new technology standards.
Pixelworks CEO steps down, remains chair News & Analysis 12/13/2006 Post a comment Allen Alley plans to resign as president and CEO of display IC vendor Pixelworks, effective Dec. 31, Pixelworks said. Alley, who founded Pixelworks, will continue to serve as the company's chairman.
ST reorganizes product groups News & Analysis 12/13/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics said it plans to reorganize its product segments into three separate groups and as one of its top executives left the company. Effective Jan. 1, ST will divide its product groups into an Application Specific group, a Flash Memories group and a Multi-segment group.
Consortium preps multicore CPU benchmarks News & Analysis 12/12/2006 Post a comment The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EMBC) has started work on a standard suite of tests to measure performance of multicore processors and expects a benchmark suite could be available in six to eight months.
Branded Indian module reaches foreign shores News & Analysis 12/11/2006 Post a comment In a milestone for India's nascent electronics industry, a homegrown, self-branded electronic product a short-range wireless, plug-in payment module from startup Innovitiis being deployed in portable point-of-purchase payment terminals in half a dozen Asian countries and is said to be headed for others around the globe.
PTO upholds Microtune TV tuner patent News & Analysis 12/11/2006 Post a comment The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed a patent owned by Microtune Inc. covering the company's silicon TV tuner architecture following reexamination at the request of Broadcom, Microtune said.
Lavi Lev takes helm at Credence Systems News & Analysis 12/8/2006 Post a comment Lavi Lev has left Cadence Design Systems to become president and CEO of Credence Design Systems, as the troubled automatic test equipment (ATE) provider posts a $481.6 million loss for its fiscal 2006.
IC equip to grow by 24% in '06, SEMI says News & Analysis 12/5/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor capital equipment revenue will reach $40.64 billion in 2006, achieving a 24 percent growth rate, according to a consensus member company forecast from trade group Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
$8000 software is free to Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscope users Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Focusing on clock and timing engineering and related measurement science, Amherst Systems Associates announces a North American kickoff of a program that will aggressively give away premium oscilloscope analysis and productivity software. The company's M1 Oscilloscope Tools will go to targeted users of Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscopes.
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.