Dell reorgs amid slumping profits News & Analysis 12/31/2008 Post a comment Computer maker Dell Inc. has reorganized management around four global divisions amid declining profits and slowing revenue growth in the shakeup that includes the loss of two fairly recent additions to Dell's executive ranks.
DARPA chief reviews legacy News & Analysis 12/29/2008 Post a comment The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
Report calls for restructuring patent office News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office needs to be overhauled if it is to come to grips with rising backlogs and a perception of declining patent quality, according to a report the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent to President-elect Barack Obama.
Infineon counterclaims in Volterra patents dispute News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG and Primarion, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a counterclaim against Volterra Semiconductor alleging fraud on the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office, as well as for antitrust violations.
ITC to investigate Spansion complaint against Samsung, others News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint by flash memory specialist Spansion against certain flash memory chips made by South Korean giant Samsung Electronics and products based on those chips marketed by some of the biggest names in electronics.
France to invest $480 million in nanotechnologies News & Analysis 12/16/2008 Post a comment At the first European sessions on innovation, on Dec. 9 in Paris, the President of the French Republic and President of the European Council, Nicolas Sarkozy, announced the French government plans to double its research credits and strengthen the development of clusters in the French cities of Saclay, Grenoble and Toulouse, as a prelude to The European Year of Innovation in 2009.
Court issues injunction against Fairchild News & Analysis 12/15/2008 Post a comment Power Integrations said the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has granted its request for a permanent injunction against the infringement of its patents by Fairchild Semiconductor.
Chip reverse engineering firms merge News & Analysis 12/9/2008 Post a comment United Business Media Ltd., the publisher of EE Times, has acquired for at least $8 million Sanguine Microelectronics, a semiconductor reverse engineering company based in Shanghai that UBM will merge into its existing Semiconductor Insights group in Ottawa.
IEEE joins move to patent pools News & Analysis 12/8/2008 1 comment The IEEE Standards Association has struck a two-year agreement with Via Licensing Corp. to create patent pools around a handful of the IEEE's communications standards.
Ethernet on track for 40/100G spec in March News & Analysis 12/5/2008 Post a comment The IEEE 802.3ba group is on track to deliver a first cut of its standard for 40 and 100 Gbit/second Ethernet in March, and companies are already gearing up to implement the specification in progress.
Rankings: A peak inside China's chip industry Product News 12/5/2008 Post a comment A recent report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers provides a rare glimpse inside China's semiconductor industry, offering a ranking of 29 indigenous Chinese chip firms with 2007 revenue greater than $30 million, according to the firm.
Cadence offers open source OVM solution Product News 12/5/2008 Post a comment EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems has released an open source SystemVerilog solution to help users include Synopsys' Verification Methodology Manual verification IP as they adopt the advanced environments supported by the Open Verification Methodology.
ITC to investigate Rambus complaint against Nvidia News & Analysis 12/5/2008 Post a comment Memory technology licensor Rambus said the U.S. International Trade Commision has opened an investigation into possible infringement of the company's patents by graphics chip vendor Nvidia and other companies whose products incorporate the accused Nvidia products.
Qualcomm outlines aggressive plans for LTE chips News & Analysis 12/3/2008 Post a comment Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has laid out an aggressive roadmap for readying engineering samples of its initial devices for the Long Term Evolution upgrade to W-CDMA 3G technology, and expects to be sampling selected customers by the second quarter of next year.
SEMI sees chip gear down 28% in 2008 News & Analysis 12/2/2008 Post a comment The market for semiconductor capital equipment will decline by nearly 28 percent in 2008 and another 21 percent in 2009, according to a year-end forecast by the SEMI trade group.
Video: Intel, M'soft launch parallel lab News & Analysis 12/2/2008 1 comment The Parallel Computing Lab officially opened its doors at the University of California, Berkeley, where researchers have been conducting work for several months to define a new parallel programming model for tomorrow's many-core processors.
Tessera patents not infringed, ITC judge finds News & Analysis 12/2/2008 Post a comment An Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an initial determination finding against chip packaging technology licensor Tessera Technologies in its patent infringement action against several wireless semiconductor manufacturers.
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.