Standards needed to tap smart grid potential News & Analysis 2/25/2009 Post a comment The move to so-called smart electric grids will open new opportunities for communications companies in the energy sector, but it will require new standards, according to Jake MacLeod, chief technology officer with Bechtel Communications.
Home networking groups edge toward G.hn News & Analysis 2/25/2009 1 comment Three ad hoc groups promoting competing networking standards have formed liaisons with the Home Grid Forum, another step toward industry support for the ITU G.hn effort to create a single wired standard for home networks over powerline, coax and telephone lines.
Innovation in a squeeze, says entrepreneur News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment An increasingly risk averse climate—even in Silicon Valley—and an overburdened and poorly managed patent system are threatening innovation in electronics, according to Steve Perlman, a serial entrepreneur and one of many speakers at the upcoming Intellectual Property Symposium.
Microsoft debuts cloud R&D team News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment At its annual TechFest event, Microsoft Research will formally debut a new cloud computing R&D team that aims to raise the ease of use and lower the cost and power consumption of applications hosted by large data centers.
Software tool automates ECU software checks Product News 2/24/2009 Post a comment Automotive realtime networking expert TTTech Automotive (Vienna) has announced a software tool to validate the consistency of Autosar components in electronic control units (ECUs). TTX-Autoverify increases the engineering efficiency during system integration and thus helps to reduce time-to-market and costs, the vendor claims.
RFEL to sponsor DSP expertise courses News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment Signal processing based applications specialist RF Engines Ltd (Isle of Wight, England) is investing in the future by not only continuing to recruit engineers but has started sponsoring students focusing on MSc degrees at the University of York.
Electronics entreprenuer Sir Ernest Harrison dies aged 82 News & Analysis 2/20/2009 Post a comment Sir Ernest Harrison, who built up a business empire that became the second largest defence electronics group in the U.K. for a while, Racal Electronics, and then spawned what has become arguably the world's biggest mobile network operator, Vodafone, has passed away, aged 82.
Study: U.S. photovoltaic costs declining News & Analysis 2/19/2009 Post a comment The installed costs of solar photovoltaic power systems in the U.S. declined significantly between 1998 and 2005, but remained relatively flat from 2006 through 2007, according to the results of a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
NSF to detail $3B in stimulus spending News & Analysis 2/19/2009 Post a comment The National Science Foundation will get an estimated $3 billion to disperse as part of the recently passed economic stimulus package, just one of several government agencies in areas spanning energy to health care scrambling to figure out how to allocate new funds related to technology in the midst of a contracting economy.
Car-to-car becomes bike-to-bike Product News 2/19/2009 Post a comment In a joint research project, Technical University of Darmstadt and automotive technology provider carhs.communiation GmbH (Alzenau, Germany) are trying to transfer car-to-car communications systems to the world of motorbikes. Besides warnings of potential dangerous road conditions, the system will include a human-to-human communications option for biker groups.
Stimulus: DoE readies $4.3 billion for smart grid Product News 2/18/2009 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy has 60 days to set up a competitive process to award an estimated $4.3 billion for projects that will upgrade the nation's electric grid as one of the top clean technology provisions of the $787 billion economic stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama.
Mellanox bridges data center nets News & Analysis 2/17/2009 Post a comment Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. will jump into the market for multi-protocol bridging chips and systems with its BridgeX chip and a family of gateway systems based on it supporting 40Gb/s InfiniBand, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 8Gb/s Fibre Channel.
Startup aims Wi-Fi at embedded systems Product News 2/16/2009 Post a comment Startup ZeroG Wireless officially throws its hat into the ring of competitors trying to bring Wi-Fi to embedded systems with a new chip and module that could bring 802.11b connectivity to new lows in cost, size and power consumption.
Power Integrations, BCD settle patent suit News & Analysis 2/12/2009 Post a comment China's BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing has agreed not to sell some parts in the U.S. market under the terms of a settlement of patent infringement litigation brought by U.S. high-voltage IC vendor Power Integrations.
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.