DVD ruling could delay managed copy rollouts News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
Auto-test software increases speed, accuracy of radio testing Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Aeroflex developed the Auto-Test software for its 2975 P25 Radio Test Set for P25 and FM radios. The 2975's Auto-Test software increases speed, consistency and accuracy of testing P25 and FM radios while providing the ability to store, print and share test results. For public safety and other private mobile radio (PMR) network users, the 2975 Auto-Test function allows non-technical personnel to test radios automatically.
PMC-Sierra shuts R&D sites News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Comms-chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs -- or 15 percent of its total work force -- and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Dell primes for battle in China News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment As its main markets mature and growth sputters, Dell Inc. is making a more concerted effort to tap into the higher growth in PC sales outside the U.S. It will be tough to pull off.
Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
Dell probe finds 'evidence of misconduct' News & Analysis 3/30/2007 Post a comment Dell late Thursday announced it would delay filing its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to wrap up the inquiry by the audit committee of the company's board.
Test set allows developers to verify WiMAX specs Product News 3/30/2007 Post a comment Agilent released its IEEE 802.16e 2005 protocol conformance test (PCT) product that is based on its E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set, allowing equipment developers and test houses to run validated protocol test cases to verify that their implementations conform to WiMAX standards.
Judge rules against DVD consortium News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (March 29) a startup's media server does not violate the Content Scramble System (CSS) security technology used to protect DVD disks because the standard licensing contract and specifications for the technology are so poorly worded.
China Netcom win boosts A/V codec News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment China Netcom, one of China's major wired-telecom companies, will implement a homegrown A/V codec in its fledgling Internet Protocol television network this year.
Fake components delay designs in Israel News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment Israeli designers, fed up with long component lead times, are buying counterfeits from China, sources said. The result is a high failure rate of designs, and lost sales at several companies.
ASML sets up scholarship fund to honor chairman News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment ASML Holding NV has set up a scholarship fund in conjunction with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as a tribute to Henk Bodt, who retires after 12 years as Chairman of the lithography maker's supervisory board.
DVD group stuck in watermark study News & Analysis 3/29/2007 Post a comment The DVD Copy Control Association has hit a stalemate in its efforts to adopt watermarking technology, a key enabler for letting users make so-called managed copies of DVD content for use on multiple personal devices or over a home network.
Agilent unveils complete optical receiver stress test solution Product News 3/28/2007 Post a comment Agilent says it has introduced the industry's first complete optical receiver stress test solution. The Agilent N4917A test set is said to provide repeatable conformance and accurate characterization of receive optical sub-assemblies and transceiver modules operating up to 12.5 Gbits/s.
Sonus Networks acquires Zynetix News & Analysis 3/27/2007 Post a comment Sonus Networks Inc. will acquire Zynetix Ltd. for $13 million in cash and stock, giving the soft-switching specialist a new software base in GSM infrastructure products.
Startup says it wants to aid, not battle studios News & Analysis 3/27/2007 Post a comment Kaleidescape, a startup being sued by a group that includes top Hollywood studios for allegedly selling systems that let users make unauthorized copies of DVDs, aims to help securely distribute movies over the Internet and has developed fingerprinting technology for that purpose.
For rural West, DTV may be lost in translation News & Analysis 3/26/2007 Post a comment
Many Americans are aware that the looming broadcast television transition from analog to digital in February 2009 will render legacy analog TV tuners useless without a converter box. Far fewer are aware that the digital transition could have the unintended consequence of eliminating over-the-air TV broadcast to some parts of the country, especially in the rural West.
DVD group gives evidence startup breeched contract News & Analysis 3/24/2007 Post a comment Lawyers for the DVD Copy Control Association leveled some of their strongest testimony that home server maker Kaleidescape Inc. knew it's system broke provisions of its DVD copy control license, a breeched that has caused significant damage, according to DVD CCA leaders.
Data acquisition and control module operates over Modbus TCP Product News 3/23/2007 Post a comment United Electronic Industries (UEI) developed the UEIModbus Cube, an Ethernet-based data acquisition and control interface that communicates with a host computer or PLC over Modbus TCP. The UEIModbus Cube functions as a Modbus slave accessed by any software client acting as a Modbus master. Most HMI software supports the Modbus protocol.
Execs upbeat about ICs, China News & Analysis 3/23/2007 Post a comment Semiconductor executives are feeling positive about the near-term prospects for the global IC industry, expecting revenue gains to exceed 10 percent this year, according to a survey from KPMG.
REVIEW: Mini-modules gather low-frequency data under Windows Product News 3/23/2007 Post a comment Here's a line of modular data-acq gear that provides low-frequency signal conditioning such as that needed for vibration analysis. PC-based software ensures graphical monitoring at rates up to 40-kHz. These modules are USB 2.0 bus-powered and can accommodate continuous 24-bit data transfers to a laptop or desktop PC. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a closer look.
DVD group debates managed copies, more suits News & Analysis 3/23/2007 Post a comment The DVD Copy Control Association may be preparing to take legal action against another home server maker even while it has been quietly debating opening up its specification to managed copies, according to court testimony.
Updated: Court rules on Qualcomm standards behavior News & Analysis 3/22/2007 Post a comment A federal district court has adopted a unanimous jury finding that Qualcomm violated its duty to disclose patents to an industry standards body and thereby waived its rights to enforce two patents the company alleged covered the H.264 video compression standard, according to a statement released by rival Broadcom.
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.