Standards not quite a 'hot topic' in Beltway News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment
The word "innovation" is on the lips of nearly every politician and half the lobbyists in Washington. But when it comes to the technical standards that form the underpinnings of U.S. innovation, the subject is "a real killer at a cocktail party," said Don Deutsch, vice president for standards strategy and architecture at Oracle Corp.
Hidden IP: booby trap or buried treasure? News & Analysis 4/30/2007 Post a comment If the process by which technology standards are forged and implemented isn't broken, it is surely straining under the weight of globalization, relentless technological change, patent-infringement and antitrust lawsuits as well as increasingly noisy standards battles among competing industry consortia.
Tech-boosting bills pass house News & Analysis 4/26/2007 Post a comment Two bills approved by the U.S. House of Representatives focus on science, technology, engineering, and math advancement and would award new researchers at least $80,000 annually for five years.
ICT industry needs to reduce CO2 emissions, says analyst News & Analysis 4/26/2007 Post a comment The information and communications technologies are responsible for about 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to research by Gartner Inc. This is about the same as the airline industry, yet gets much less attention from the global environmental lobby.
Leading VC firm opens in China News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has opened operations in China with offices in Beijing and Shanghai and formed a $360 million fund to invest in Chinese startups.
Semiconductor IP group spun off from Philips News & Analysis 4/25/2007 Post a comment The technology incubator division of Royal Philips Electronics has spun out Silicon Hive, a licensor of processor and related intellectual property, and as part of the deal, New Venture Partners, TVM Capital and Philips have together invested $10 million in the new company.
REVIEW: Low cost oscilloscopes keep digital memory turned on Product News 4/24/2007 Post a comment LeCroy is debuting its latest mixed-signal oscilloscopes in its WaveRunner Xi and WaveSurfer Xs Series. With analog bandwidths up to 2-GHz, a maximum digital input frequency of 500-MHz, and long memory of 50 Mpoints/channel, LeCroy's scopes can also be used to troubleshoot serial data buses and dissect their protocols. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
IMI forms Japan subsidiary News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment EMS provider Integrated Microelectronics Inc. has opened a subsidiary in Tokyo to serve a growing base of Japanese OEMs that are choosing to outsource electronics manufacturing.
IP providers cast wary eye on TSMC News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is quietly but aggressively laboring to broaden its portfolios of internally developed semiconductor intellectual property and "proven" third-party IP. That has some observers asking whether the company is migrating to a more ASIC-like business model.
Sussex researchers get funding for non-invasive testing News & Analysis 4/23/2007 Post a comment A group of researchers at the University of Sussex Centre for Physical Electronics and Quantum Technology have won just over £750,000 of funding to investigate areas where the team's patented electric potential sensors (EPS) technology used to measure electric fields could be adapted into areas such as non-invasive testing of semiconductor devices.
Agilent cuts its BSIM3-based CMOS extraction time to two days Product News 4/20/2007 Post a comment Agilent Technologies announced the shipment of the BSIM3 model extraction package for use with Agilent's integrated circuit characterization and analysis program (IC-CAP) device modeling software. The BSIM3 package contains the same speed and efficiency featured in the newer BSIM4 and PSP extraction modules.
Lenovo to cut 1,400 jobs News & Analysis 4/19/2007 Post a comment PC giant Lenovo Group on Thursday said it is cutting 1,400 positions worldwide, including 20 percent of the workforce at its global headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Agilent reduces endurance test time for NVM cells Product News 4/19/2007 Post a comment Agilent announced new hardware and software capabilities for its B1500A Semiconductor Device Analyzer and EasyEXPERT software test shell, which reduce the time required for the testing and characterization of advanced non-volatile memory (NVM) cells and other next-generation semiconductor devices.
REVIEW: Portable deep-memory scopes aim for price-sensitive sweet spot Product News 4/18/2007 Post a comment Oscilloscope vendor Agilent Technologies now offers six scopes with 1-Mpoints of deep memory. The company's latest 5000 Series instruments merge high-resolution lab-quality waveform acquisition and measurement capability with lightweight and extreme portability. eeProductCenter test-and-measurement editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
LabVIEW 8.2.1 supports Windows Vista Product News 4/18/2007 Post a comment National Instruments announced the availability of a new version of LabVIEW, the graphical design platform for test, control and embedded system development, for use with Windows Vista.
Equity firm drops plan to buy ASE News & Analysis 4/17/2007 Post a comment An investor consortium led by The Carlyle Group has dropped plans to acquire Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest IC-packaging house.
RFID industry ratifies data-sharing standard News & Analysis 4/17/2007 Post a comment The ratification of Electronic Product Code Information Services could give a big boost to the RFID industry by finally giving businesses a standard way to capture and share information collected by radio-frequency identification chips.
Dolphin swims after Infiniband in clusters News & Analysis 4/16/2007 Post a comment Dolphin Interconnect Solutions ASA officially rolled out Dolphin Express, a computer clustering interconnect aiming to accelerate links between servers running large database applications such as Oracle RACand based on a blend of PCI Express along with work from Dolphin and StarGen, an embedded interconnect developer it acquired late last year.
Startup v. studios: real horror show News & Analysis 4/16/2007 Post a comment The story of Kaleidescape Inc., as told in court testimony in San Jose, Calif., recently, provides a cautionary tale about some of the thorniest snares in digital media design today.
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.