Danish researchers target 4G test News & Analysis 5/27/2009 Post a comment The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has awarded Euros 6 million towards a project at Aalborg University in which the researchers there will work with Infineon Technologies and Agilent Technologies on topics such as high performance, easy test infrastructure and low power consumption.
Rambus: Court orders Hynix to post bond News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment Memory technology licensor Rambus said the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered Hynix Semiconductor to secure about $397 million through a combination of a bond and a lien on a Hynix property in South Korea stemming from a March ruling in favor of Rambus.
10 FREE copies of my Bebop book! News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment My publisher is offering 10 free copies of the only electronics book where you can simultaneously learn about state machines, musical socks, Reed-Muller logic, and the best time of the day to eat smoked fish!
Rambus targets DDR4 DRAMs News & Analysis 5/26/2009 1 comment Rambus has announced a set of new and existing interconnect technologies it says will meet the needs of main memory in 2011 and beyond and hopes the industry adopts them as part of a pending DDR4 DRAM standard.
Schott, Transense develop durable torque sensor Product News 5/25/2009 Post a comment Measuring torque in rough automotive environments is a non-trivial task: The sensors have to deliver exact data and at the same time have to be oil-proof over the vehicle's entire lifetime. Schott and Transense claim to have found a solution that meets both requirements.
Philips Lumileds wins another round in patent lawsuits News & Analysis 5/25/2009 Post a comment In another round of the long running patent infringement cases between LED suppliers Philips Lumileds (san Jose, Calif.) and Epistar (Hsinchu, Taiwan), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected Epistar's appeal of the International Trade Commission's interpretation of the claims in Philips Lumileds' U.S. Patent No. 5,008,718 (the '718 patent).
Court reverses ITC in Linear- AnalogicTech spat News & Analysis 5/22/2009 Post a comment A U.S. federal appeals court partially vacated a final determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that found a patent held by Linear Technology to be invalid, according to statements released by Linear and Advanced Analogic Technologies.
Handheld ultrasound gets FDA approval News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment Startup Signostics got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ship what it claims is the world's smallest ultrasound device, the pocket-sized, one-pound Signos that sells for about $4,000 as a kind of visual stethoscope.
Update: Tessera wins ITC patent ruling News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Japan's chip equipment book-to-bill climbs to 0.44 News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment The global book-to-bill ratio for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment climbed to 0.44 in April, up from 0.30 recorded in March, according to a Dow Jones report which gave the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan as its source.
Tessera wins ITC patent ruling Product News 5/20/2009 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Servers get new energy metrics News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Computer makers are testing the Transaction Processing Performance Council's energy specification, a new benchmark for measuring the energy use of servers that could be released as early as June just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Energy Star specifications for measuring the energy efficiency of servers.
Counterfeiting of electronics moves online News & Analysis 5/20/2009 5 comments The counterfeiting of electronics has long been a problem, but the economic downturn that has many searching for bargains could cost U.S. consumer electronics companies alone as much as $200 billion, according to one estimate.
Micronas rolls 3D hall sensor Product News 5/20/2009 Post a comment For applications requiring three-dimensional position measurements, Micronas has developed a 3D hall sensor. The device is implemented as a monolithic component, allowing for higher operational temperature range than competing products, the vendor claims.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Near field comms gets new specs News & Analysis 5/19/2009 Post a comment Near-field communications took two small steps forward as the NFC Forum
released two candidate specifications, the NFC Digital Protocol and the NFC Logical Link Control Protocol, now available as free downloads.
Two years on, Spirit approves register description standard News & Analysis 5/19/2009 Post a comment The Spirit Consortium, a non-profit organization that develops the IP-XACT standard for the description of intellectual property cores and models, has said it has approved for public release SystemRDL, a language for the design and delivery of registers to be used in IP blocks within electronic designs. However, that standardization has been going on for two years.
Innovision confirms NXP as Gem licensee News & Analysis 5/18/2009 Post a comment The deal signed by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England) with an un-named supplier of NFC chips turns out to be with NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
Groups demo LTE platforms, test cases at Berlin summit Product News 5/18/2009 Post a comment Silicon IP licensor Ceva Inc. ((Herzelia, Israel) has teamed with communications network integrator and software supplier Aricent to demonstrate a licensable IP platform solution for LTE baseband terminals based on Ceva's DSP core at this week’s LTE World Summit that takes place in Berlin, Germany.
Analyst: SATS sector set for further declines News & Analysis 5/18/2009 Post a comment The back-end semiconductor manufacturing capacity of integrated device manufacturers (IDM) is likely to fall to 40 per cent by 2010, according to an analysis of the semiconductor packaging, assembly and test (SATS) sector by Gartner Inc.
China OEMs rise as mobile market falls News & Analysis 5/15/2009 Post a comment Revenues for wireless infrastructure gear fell off a cliff in the first quarter of 2009 despite record sales of base stations and the sector is expected to be flat over the next four years, forcing a consolidation in which China's top OEMs Huawei and ZTE will rise.
U.S. satellite operator challenges EC decision on S-band News & Analysis 5/15/2009 Post a comment American satellite operator ICO Global Communications is to challenge the European Commission's decision to award the licenses for S-band mobile satellite services across EU states to Dublin, Ireland-based Solaris Mobile and the London headquartered Inmarsat group.
Trade group questions Taiwan's DRAM plan News & Analysis 5/14/2009 Post a comment The Taiwanese government plan to consolidate the island's DRAM industry around the government-backed Taiwan Memory Co. remains unclear and could do more harm than good, according to a report by a U.S.-Taiwan lobbying group.
Students win training for being Cadence's 'fastest' designers News & Analysis 5/14/2009 Post a comment Americo Dias and Daniel Oliveira, two students from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, have been declared winners of a competition held by Cadence Design Systems Inc. to find the fastest layout designers from the top academic institutions across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Europe vs. Intel: Evidence in question News & Analysis 5/13/2009 Post a comment Intel claims it has evidence that will refute the European Commission's conclusion that the company has engaged in anti-competitive business practices, however Intel chief executive Paul Otellini declined to share any specifics of that evidence in a conference call about the case.
Distributors' association sees end to declines Product News 5/13/2009 Post a comment The pace of decline of electronic components distribution in Europe slowed during the first quarter of the year but, according to the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA), they still show every indication of bucking the historic annual billings trend of a strong Q1 followed by three declining quarters.
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.