Watermarks need privacy controls, group says News & Analysis 5/29/2008 Post a comment Digital watermarks can compromise consumer privacy if not designed and deployed correctly, according to a new white paper from The Center for Democracy & Technology that lays out best practices for creating and using watermarks.
Computer models how nanoparticles harm cells News & Analysis 5/28/2008 Post a comment Named for Buckminster Fuller, buckyballs--tiny nanoparticles composed of just 60 carbon atoms (carbon-60)--can enter cells and accumulate to cause damage, according to research scientists at two universities.
Next up for LSI: Ethernet? News & Analysis 5/28/2008 Post a comment For a company now focused exclusively on storage and networking markets, LSI Corp. has a glaring lack of standard Ethernet products, and chief executive Abhi Talwalkar is exploring the options for the venerable Silicon Valley icon.
NI TestStand 4.1 offers multicore support Product News 5/27/2008 Post a comment National Instruments has released NI TestStand 4.1, the latest version of the company's test management software, which now helps engineers develop faster test systems with multicore processor support.
PV manufacturing industry pools interests in organization News & Analysis 5/27/2008 Post a comment Companies focusing on production technology for solar silicon ingots, wafers, solar cells and PV modules have joined their forces in launching the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA). The group intends to intensify cooperations and unlock synergies.
Spec a year away for 40/100G Ethernet News & Analysis 5/22/2008 Post a comment The IEEE 802.3ba group developing a spec to drive Ethernet at rates of 40 and 100 Gbits/second reports significant progress from its last meeting, but it may take at least another nine months to cook a standard that could be the basis for first-generation products.
Designers draft multicore programming guide News & Analysis 5/22/2008 Post a comment The Multicore Association is kicking off an effort to define best programming practices for embedded multicore processors, hoping within a year to define and create a guide to handling the thorniest problems in the growing arena of parallel software.
DRAMs gear up for next-gen graphics Product News 5/21/2008 Post a comment Three DRAM makers are shipping parts using GDDR5, a new memory interface initially supporting data transfers at 4 Gbits/second per pin that will serve a new generation of graphics controllers expected from Advanced Micro Devices and archrival Nvidia as early as June.
DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi News & Analysis 5/20/2008 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing Apple Inc.'s acquisition of embedded PowerPC designer PA Semi Inc. that reportedly put into jeopardy the future of a wide variety of military programs that had designed in the startup's processor.
Wind River, Intel ride Linux into car market Product News 5/20/2008 Post a comment Intel and Wind River Systems have teamed up to create a Linux/x86 platform for car electronics, debuting at the Telematics Detroit 2008 conference based on Intel's low-power Atom processor and a new variant of Wind River's embedded Linux.
Wavesat rolls multi-mode baseband Product News 5/19/2008 Post a comment Chip designer Wavesat debuts today (May 19) a new multicore DSP architecture capable of handling baseband processing for multiple broadband networks including WiMax Wave 2, Wi-Fi and the next-generation Personal Handyphone System.
Temperature measurement instrument supports Ethernet Product News 5/18/2008 Post a comment Data Translation has released an Ethernet version of its temperature measurement instrument, TEMPpoint, which provides a standard Ethernet connection to support remote monitoring and control of thermocouples, RTDs, and voltages in the field and on the factory floor.
Asset attests to embedded-test structures News & Analysis 5/15/2008 Post a comment As a natural extension of trends in the test and measurement business, the electronics industry is moving toward embedded instrumentation. Leading this movement is Asset InterTech Inc., dedicated to the development of IEEE 1149.1 tools.
Cable tester offers voice control Product News 5/15/2008 Post a comment CAMI Research Inc. has released new software for its CableEye cable and wire harness tester that allows production engineers to use synthetic speech and voice recognition for hands-free operation.
VC investments in Europe rebound in Q1 News & Analysis 5/14/2008 Post a comment Venture capital investment in European companies rebounded during the first quarter of 2008 to Euros 1.4 billion, compared with Euros 1.26 billion in the last quarter, but the picture is patchy, with cleantech investments falling substantially.
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.