Jury: SCO does not own copyright on Linux code News & Analysis 3/30/2010 4 comments A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Bilski case soon News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Legal experts expect the Supreme Court will issue a decision any day upholding the Bilski ruling that limits business-method and software patents but may call for the Federal Circuit court to broaden a test of what can be patentable it set in that case.
Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home News & Analysis 3/24/2010 2 comments Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
Smart grid group reaches out to consumers News & Analysis 3/23/2010 2 comments A handful of organizations have formed the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a non-profit group that aims to engage consumers in the evolution of the smart grid by conducting consumer research, education and establishing best practices.
Discount supermarket chains sued over MPEG patents News & Analysis 3/18/2010 Post a comment MPEG LA LLC (Boulder, Colo), the licensing authority set up to provide one-stop licenses for MPEG-related patents, has announced that several patent holders in its MPEG-2 patent portfolio have filed separate law suits in Dusseldorf, Germany, against the international discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl.
Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home Product News 3/17/2010 Post a comment Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to on bringing the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks as the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance on wireless home area networks for smart grid applications.
MicroUnity sues mobile giants for patent infringement News & Analysis 3/17/2010 Post a comment Former media processor startup MicroUnity Systems Engineering filed suit Tuesday alleging 22 of the world's top cellphone companies including chip, system and service providers infringe 15 of its patents, one of the broadest suits in recent memory.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs Product News 3/13/2010 Post a comment The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Are 18 and 20 bits now the new 16 bits? Product News 3/13/2010 3 comments Recently introduced 20-bit DACs are truly impressive, and revisit the eternal question: how do you measure this level of performance? . . . . . Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Defendants in Samsung 'secrets' case deny charges, says report News & Analysis 3/12/2010 1 comment Nineteen semiconductor engineers and managers indicted for stealing process technology and market planning details from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and passing them to Hynix Semiconductor Inc. have all pleaded not guilty in court in Seoul, according to a Yonhap report.
Synopsys discreetly acquires Gemini News & Analysis 3/11/2010 1 comment No news announcement. No press release. Yet, Synopsys Inc. has acquired Gemini Design Automation (Fremont, Calif.), a start-up company focused on the challenges of verifying complex analog and mixed-signal designs.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4 Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer News & Analysis 3/9/2010 2 comments Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
Report to urge U.K. state funding for tech, says FT News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment Hermann Hauser, a partner at Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd. (Cambridge, England), is expected to recommend that the U.K. government help establish three technology centers costing £300 million (about $450 million) over the next five to ten years, according to a Financial Times report.
Lantiq sues modem maker over Taiwanese chip News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment Lantiq Deutschland GmbH, the wireline chip spin-off from Infineon Technologies AG, has filed suit in the German District Court of Dusseldorf against Billion Electric Co. Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan) alleging patent infringement.
IMEC, Altos team on chip design, prototyping services News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and Altos Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have joined forces to provide re-characterization of standard foundry or library vendor libraries including core and IO cells at different process, temperatures and/or voltages.
Apple/HTC suit signals smartphone patent war News & Analysis 3/4/2010 1 comment Whether Apple can put a chill on iPhone imitators or set a new standard is one of the big questions for the smartphone sector in 2010 after Apple sued Taiwan smartphone maker HTC, the first shot in what could be the next big mobile patent war, according to a report from Nomura Securities.
Agilent pads oscilloscope line Product News 3/4/2010 Post a comment Agilent's 14 latest models in its InfiniiVision 7000 series mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio offer bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz, a 12.1-inch display, and hardware-accelerated search and navigate capability.
ESC: Panel to debate wireless sensor networks News & Analysis 3/4/2010 4 comments A panel of experts has been drawn together to discuss the future of wireless sensor networks at the Embedded Systems Conference, which take place April 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Bluetooth enters smart grid market News & Analysis 3/3/2010 Post a comment The Bluetooth SIG has formed the Smart Energy Study Group to address smart energy initiatives sponsored by governments and other organizations on energy management throughout the world.
Fairchild sues Power Integrations in China News & Analysis 3/3/2010 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (South Portland, Maine) has announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Power Integrations Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) in the People's Republic of China.
Intel exec bullish on semi startups News & Analysis 3/1/2010 1 comment An Intel Capital executive who helped organize the recently launched Invest in America Alliance is bullish on new opportunities for semiconductor startups and their potential to tap into funds VCs have been sitting on.
NXP in talks on solar cell manufacture at Nijmegen News & Analysis 3/1/2010 Post a comment NXP BV is in talks on the possibility of converting a 6-inch wafer fab at Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to solar cell manufacture. The company does not wish to make solar cells itself but is interested in bringing a partner onto its Nijmegen site, according to CEO Rick Clemmer.
ESD company Shocking raises $8 million News & Analysis 3/1/2010 Post a comment Shocking Technologies Inc. (Santa Clata, Calif.), a startup company developing technology to deal with electrostatic discharge has raised $8 million in a B-1 round led by Vista Ventures.
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.