AU Optronics acquires IBM LCD patents News & Analysis 6/30/2005 Post a comment Taiwan-based Liquid crystal display supplier AU Optronics Corp. has signed an agreement with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM Corp.), agreeing to acquire the computer maker's hundreds of global patents related to thin-film-transistor (TFT) LCD technology.
Stromwandler für komplexe Verhältnisse News & Analysis 6/30/2005 Post a comment Für die Messung von Strömen bis 1000 Ampere hat der Schweizer Hersteller LEM eine neue Stromwandler-Familie entwickelt. Die Geräte kombinieren die Messwerterfassung per Hall-Effekt mit der Signalaufbereitung in einem sehr kompakten Gehäuse.
India's TCS inked for Chinese software venture News & Analysis 6/30/2005 Post a comment India Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of India's leading software export services companies, has announced a joint venture with the Chinese government and Microsoft Corp. to set up a new entity to address Chinese software and global market needs.
Handhelds meld insulation tester, multimeter functions Product News 6/28/2005 Post a comment Need to measure AC line frequency in the field? How about insulation breakdown resistance? Voltage of non-sinusoidal waveforms? Fluke Corp. is combining the capabilities of frequently used test tools into one compact new tool that can fill the bill for these disparate, yet related, measurements.
3GPP HSDPA conformance test case debuts Product News 6/27/2005 Post a comment As the as mobile phone industry ramps up, High Speed Downlink Packet Access testing begins in earnest. Gearing up, test-and-measurement conglomerate Aeroflex announces that it's the first company to submit a working HSDPA conformance test case for approval to the 3GPP RAN5 Working Group.
IBM to reportedly hire 14,000 in India News & Analysis 6/24/2005 Post a comment In another apparent cost-cutting move, IBM Corp. is adding 14,000 jobs in India after recently slashing 13,000 jobs in Europe and the U.S., according to an online New York Times report.
Fuel cell specs for notebooks released News & Analysis 6/24/2005 Post a comment The Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group, an Intel initiative, has released its "Fuel Cell Guidelines for Mobile PCs" covering electrical, mechanical, control, thermal, environmental and regulatory aspects of fuel cells for mobile PCs.
Tektronix rachète TDA Systems News & Analysis 6/24/2005 Post a comment Le spécialiste des solutions de tests et de mesure Tektronix Inc. vient d’acquérir TDA Systems, fournisseur d’outils logiciels d’analyse des interconnexions.
Portable RF/microwave spectrum analyzers are networkable Product News 6/23/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement house Rohde & Schwarz is rolling out four networkable RF spectrum analyzers for use in the field, in the lab, and on the factory floor. These low-cost RF analyzers weigh only about 15 pounds and can work out to 6-GHz. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Messgereätebranche hofft auf VoIP News & Analysis 6/23/2005 Post a comment Der Umsatz mit elektronischen Messgeräten stagnierte im vergangenen Jahr. Für 2005 hofft dei Branche auf ein wenigstens einstelliges Wachstum. Impulse soll vor allem die Einführung der Internet-Telefonie (VoIP) vermitteln.
VMEbus board measures voltage, resistance Product News 6/21/2005 Post a comment VXI Technology is rolling out a ruggedized high-speed multi-function VMEbus module that packs four independent A/D converters. VXI tech's FPGA and processor-equipped plug-in can make voltage measurements as well as 2-wire and 4-wire resistance measurements as fast as 20-Msamples/s.
PCI Express compliance testing gets a boost Product News 6/21/2005 Post a comment If you're a user of LeCroy protocol analyzers, you'll be delighted by this freebie offer. LeCroy is releasing v4.4 of its existing PETracer software, a spin that includes everything you'll need to perform automated PCI Express compliance testing.
Jabil to expand Memphis facility, add 500 jobs News & Analysis 6/20/2005 Post a comment Electronic manufacturing services provider Jabil Circuit Inc. has announced it would expand its Memphis operation to support expanded manufacturing, assembly, and material handling of electronic cash registers and self-serve kiosks
Software supports WECO rules Product News 6/20/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor test supplier Pintail Technologies enhances its existing SwifTest software platform with new quality assurance features that support quality assurance and realtime trend analysis using Western Electric Company rules. With this move, Pintail is arguably the first company to offer these capabilities to semiconductor makers for both probe and wafer test.
Freebie CD-ROM aids digital debug Product News 6/20/2005 Post a comment Agilent Technologies is offering a freebie CD-ROM intended to help you get measurement insight into tough digital debug problems with information about tools that can help minimize project risk and drive products to market faster. Use it to see Agilent tools in action. Disk leads to video demos and tutorials about logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, and probing, and provides access to application notes, product data sheets, and Web links.
ITC begins investigation in Qualcomm case News & Analysis 6/20/2005 Post a comment The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has begun to investigate whether Qualcomm Inc. has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing baseband processor chips or chipsets, transmitter or receiver (radio) chips, power control chips, or products containing these items that infringe upon multiple Broadcom patents.
Cirrus Logic receives $25 million to settle chip dispute News & Analysis 6/17/2005 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal IC supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. has announced receipt of a $25 million payment related to a settlement and release of all claims between Cirrus Logic, Fujitsu Ltd., Amkor Technology Inc. and Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd. over the alleged failure of certain semiconductor chips sold by Cirrus Logic to Fujitsu.
2-MHz to 1.8-GHz phase-noise tester is affordable Product News 6/16/2005 Post a comment RF and microwave instrument vendor Aeroflex has a new test product for designers who need to do basic phase-noise testing, but haven't been able to afford the cost of a high-end phase-noise test set. Aeroflex's latest instrument is priced at less than $30,000, which should appeal to smaller labs and development teams.
Nomadic RF spectrum analyzer is battery powered powerhouse Product News 6/15/2005 Post a comment For over fifty years, B&K Precision has served up a variety of low cost test-and-measurement products, most aimed at service technicians, hams, and hobbyists. In recent years the company has also offered quite a few lab-grade instruments suitable for mainstream engineering applications. B&K's newest 8.5-GHz handheld spectrum analyzer is in that catgeory.
Linux comes with a price, says DAC panel News & Analysis 6/15/2005 Post a comment When it comes to stability for EDA, tool integration, support for mission-critical enterprise applications and binary compatibility, Linux has a long way to go, according to a panel discussion at the Design Automation Conference.
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.