MPEG group sues Amino over patent infringement News & Analysis 2/28/2008 Post a comment Set top box specialist Amino Communications (Cambridge, England) is being sued by several companies and academic institutions within the patent licensing group MPEG LA, LLC for infringing Intellectual Property related to the MPEG-2 digital video compression technology.
ARM tools add support for DaVinci and OMAP35x Product News 2/27/2008 Post a comment The ARM RealView family of development tools will provide enhanced support for the Texas Instruments DaVinci and OMAP35x platforms, including the recently-released DaVinci TMS320DM355 digital media processor and OMAP35x processors.
ETSI pushes standards for NFC with mobiles News & Analysis 2/27/2008 Post a comment Wider adoption of near field communications with mobile phones took a further step forward with the European Telecoms Standardization Institute ETSI's Smart Card Platform Technical Committee approving the specification for the Host Controller Interface.
Ofcom warns O2 over 3G network coverage News & Analysis 2/27/2008 Post a comment Britain's comms watchdog Ofcom has warned one of the country's major mobile operators, O2, that it could lose £40 million of its revenues from 3G services because it has not met its covenants regarding coverage.
Opinion: When the lights go out on a market News & Analysis 2/27/2008 Post a comment Feuer Hand, a German-made kerosene lantern, made studying without a regular supply of electricity bearable at my boarding school decades ago. Rugged, dependable and leakproof, Feuer Hand, though costlier than its competitors, was our lantern of choice.
China universities join Sun Sparc program News & Analysis 2/27/2008 Post a comment Sun Microsystems Inc. and China's Ministry of Education have signed a three-year agreement to train at least 100 educators a year on Sun's multi-core Sparc CPUs while China establishes an unspecified number of Sun centers of excellence.
Groups urge EU to push on ecodesign News & Analysis 2/26/2008 Post a comment The Brussels, Belgium-based European Environmental Bureau and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation have entered the growing debate surrounding the EU approach to ecodesign.
Catrene opens up for first proposals News & Analysis 2/26/2008 Post a comment Companies, research organizations and academic institutions have until April 23rd to submit proposals for the Euros 6bn, four year, EU research project Catrene. The first call will open on February 29 and project labelling is planned for September 30, 2008.
IBM, AMD claim first EUV 'test chip' News & Analysis 2/26/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc.--along with partner IBM Corp.--claim that they have produced a working ''test chip'' utilizing extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for the critical layers in a device.
Given Imaging's Q4 revenue jumps 25% News & Analysis 2/22/2008 Post a comment Revenues of Given Imaging Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel), a startup that supplies a camera which can be swallowed to obtain pictures of the digestive tract, increased 24.8 percent to $34.2 million compared to $27.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
KLA-Tencor to buy Belgian T&M gear maker News & Analysis 2/21/2008 Post a comment Chip tool maker KLA-Tencor Corp (San Jose, Calif.) is to buy Belgian inspection equipment specialist ICOS Vision Systems Corporation NV in a deal valued at $465.8 million (Euros 316.9 million).
Alliance formed to promote gaming on PCs News & Analysis 2/20/2008 Post a comment Some of the biggest names in the PC gaming industry, including Intel Corp., AMD, NVidia Corp. and Microsoft, have combined forces to form an alliance that will promote the PC as the gaming platform of choice.
ETSI sounds out reconfigurable radios News & Analysis 2/19/2008 Post a comment Europe's Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is formalizing its work on reconfigurable radio systems, such as Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Cognitive Radio (CR) and has formed a technical committee to look at development and standardization issues.
Sun preps Infiniband for broad net role News & Analysis 2/14/2008 Post a comment Sun Microsystems hopes to get a jump on Ethernet developers later this year when it rolls out its first Infiniband products capable of natively handling networking, storage and clustering jobs, leapfrogging a similar vision of a unified data center network based on advances in Ethernet.
Infineon CEO Ziebart forced onto the defensive News & Analysis 2/14/2008 Post a comment Against the background of towering losses at subsidiary Qimonda and unexpected performance problems in its mobile communications business, Infineon CEO Wolfgang Ziebart has increasing difficulties to explain his strategy. The company's supervisory board is about to lose its patience.
Wintel will fund parallel software lab at Berkeley News & Analysis 2/14/2008 Post a comment Intel and Microsoft will help fund a new Parallel Computing Lab at the University of California at Berkeley in an effort to define a parallel programming model that will serve the multicore processors already on the drawing board.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times