Autoelectronics market to reach $210 billion in 2014, says analyst News & Analysis 5/27/2010 Post a comment The market for automotive electronic systems is set to grow from a 2009 low of $125 billion to about $210 million in 2014, a CAGR over the period of 11 percent, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Over the longer period to 2017 the company is forecasting a CAGR of 9 percent to yield an annual market of about $244 billion.
Group breaks logjam over smart meter standard News & Analysis 5/27/2010 1 comment Developers have agreed on a process to define by the end of the year a "seed" standard describing how to present data to devices that monitor smart electric grids, breaking a logjam that has drawn attention from Obama Administration officials and others trying to drive the move to a digital networked grid.
Arbitrary waveform generators produce high sample rate, resolution Product News 5/26/2010 1 comment LeCroy Corp. recently launched the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution, as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
Intel extends business plan competition News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
Update: FormFactor's CEO, CFO step down News & Analysis 5/20/2010 Post a comment Wafer probe card maker FormFactor announced that both its chief executive and chief financial officer have stepped down, effective immediately. The company did not specify the reasons given for their resignations.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec Product News 5/19/2010 1 comment A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
Before signal integrity was SI, there was the SI-list News & Analysis 5/17/2010 1 comment Today, signal integrity has become the limiting factor in all products operating at 200 MHz and above. This includes all communications products, servers, personal computer and even cell phones. Not paying attention to signal integrity in the beginning of a design means the product may not work at bring-up.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million News & Analysis 5/13/2010 4 comments EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod News & Analysis 5/13/2010 Post a comment HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
Reactions mixed to home mesh networking effort News & Analysis 5/12/2010 1 comment Reactions to plans to create a mesh standard for home networks have been mixed as backers praise the effort as the future of whole home coverage, competitors from the Zigbee Alliance critique it as a late comer, those with who have worked on other wireless mesh standards indicate it won't be easy -- and some still haven't heard about it.
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors News & Analysis 5/10/2010 10 comments Marvell Technology Group Ltd. aims to supply silicon for ARM-based servers with 40-nm multicore processors it will ship this year and is working with multiple partners including one that hopes to port a server version of Microsoft Windows to ARM.
Apache unveils ESD physical integrity tool Product News 5/10/2010 Post a comment Apache Design Solutions Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first electro-static discharge (ESD) integrity solution targeted to address the increasing reliability challenges faced by nanometer designs.
Nokia sues Apple over iPhone, iPad News & Analysis 5/10/2010 Post a comment Mobile phone vendor Nokia Oy (Espoo, Finland) has announced it has filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that the Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five Nokia patents.
UMC's sales sail forward in April News & Analysis 5/10/2010 Post a comment The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales revenue for April down 1.7 percent on sales revenue for March. Sales were up 35 percent on what they were in the same month a year before.
WiGig group teams up with SiBeam, Wi-Fi Alliance News & Analysis 5/10/2010 1 comment The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has struck a deal with the Wi-Fi Alliance to have its specification for 60 GHz networking considered as the next generation of Wi-Fi and persuaded a chief competitor, SiBeam Inc., to be the first to deliver silicon for its spec.
Cable TV plans turn up volume for MoCA News & Analysis 5/7/2010 1 comment Cable TV companies are gearing up to offer networked digital video recording services this year, driving what some say could be a five-fold increase in the market for chips based on the standard set by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, sparking support from chip makers Broadcom, Entropic, STMicroelectronics, and possibly NXP.
Startup rolls automatic assertion synthesis tool Product News 5/6/2010 Post a comment Santa Clara-based EDA startup NextOp Software Inc. is bridging two worlds, design and verification teams, with the introduction of what it claims is the first assertion-based verification solution to automatically generate high quality assertions and functional coverage properties from testbench and RTL.
Pioneer of the CMOS image sensor dies at age 56 News & Analysis 5/6/2010 1 comment Professor Peter Denyer, a pioneer of CMOS imaging sensor technology for cameras and a prominent member of the Scottish electronics community, died of cancer on April 22, five days before his 57th birthday.
Patent office: Fees must go up to tackle backlog News & Analysis 5/5/2010 1 comment The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is clawing its way back slowly from cutbacks driven by the recession, but it still needs to increase patent application fees to reduce its historic backlog, according to Congressional testimony by the office's newly appointed director, David Kappos.
Groups attack House version of patent reform News & Analysis 5/5/2010 Post a comment A draft patent reform bill in the U.S, House of Representatives contained post-grant review provisions that would let infringers "subject valid patents to lengthy and repeat challenges," according to a statement from the Innovation Alliance which represents a diverse set of electronics and biotech companies.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.