SATS market grew by 26.5% in '06 , says Gartner News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment The global semiconductor contract assembly and test services (SATS) market grew by 26.5 percent in 2006 and reached $19.2 billion according to Gartner, Inc. Outsourcing's share rose to 43.5 percent of the total semiconductor packaging market.
Nanoelectronics test system enables yield improvements at 65 nm Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Verigy has introduced the V93000 Nanoelectronics Digital solution that performs structural and functional test for wafer sort and final test of advanced digital ICs at 65 nm and below. The test system enables users to collect diagnostic and parametric data required for testing nanoelectronics.
Icera takes HSDPA lead, says report News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Independent research suggests that British wireless technology specialist Icera's HSDPA device and chipset outperform parts from much larger rivals such as Qualcomm and Ericsson Mobile Platforms in terms of data throughput for commercially available devices.
Aeroflex rolls error/noise tester add-ons Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Aeroflex has added a G.703 interface pod option to its FB100A bit error rate tester for telecommunications infrastructures. The add-on enables the tester to be used for a wider range of interfaces, ranging from T1 to STM-1 at 155 Mbit/s.
SiBeam takes wraps off Wireless HD technology Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Gigabit wireless technology startup SiBeam Inc. has revealed some details of the 60GHz technology that it and partners in the WirelessHD consortium plan to deploy to deliver a promised gigabit per second of multimedia content wirelessly in the home.
Open up 900MHz band to 3G, urges GSMA News & Analysis 6/25/2007 Post a comment The widespread deployment of third generation mobile networks in the 900MHz GSM spectrum band, as well as the 2100MHz band, could enable an additional 300 million people across Asia, Europe and Africa to get mobile broadband services by 2012, according to a study by the analyst and consulting company Ovum for the GSM Association.
iSuppli lowers chip growth forecast News & Analysis 6/21/2007 Post a comment Market watcher iSuppli Corp. is remaining relatively optimistic about revenue growth for semiconductors this year, predicting a 6 percent increase, compared to some other forecasters who have suggested the market will only grow by some 2 percent.
DVD group proposes copy ban News & Analysis 6/20/2007 Post a comment The DVD Copy Control Association will vote June 20 on an amendment to its bylaws that would explicitly forbid OEMs from selling systems that make copies of movies, even for secure internal storage on a hard disk, a move seen as a reaction to the group's loss in a key civil suit it brought against startup Kaleidescape earlier this year.
Philips completes LED lighting value chain News & Analysis 6/19/2007 Post a comment Building on the acquisition of Lumileds and TIR Systems, Philips Electronics will acquire LED lighting system vendor Color Kinetics Inc. The move will help the Dutch company to cover the entire value chain for solid-state lighting.
Alliance demos 40 Gbit/s backplane News & Analysis 6/19/2007 Post a comment Five technology companies are rolling out a new group-- the Road to 100G Alliance--that aims to accelerate the deployment of high-speed backplane technologies for communications systems, demonstrating a proprietary 40 Gbit/second line card.
Hard disks spin up new security spec News & Analysis 6/19/2007 Post a comment The ad hoc Trusted Computing Group has released for industry review a specification for securing storage devices expected to become the underpinning of secure disk drives that will become widespread over the next three years.
Alcatel-Lucent to close Massachusetts plant News & Analysis 6/18/2007 Post a comment The downsizing of Alcatel-Lucent in the U.S. is continuing. The company said it will close its plant in Andover, Mass.
The facility, which once employed 12,000, will be shuttered next year and nearly 300 employees will be laid off.
Microsoft researcher receives technology award News & Analysis 6/15/2007 Post a comment Charles P. Thacker received the prestigious John von Neumann award for outstanding achievement in computer science. Thacker played a "central role in the creation of the personal computer and the development of networked computer systems."
SIA cuts chip forecast for 2007 News & Analysis 6/13/2007 Post a comment Citing a decline in average selling prices (ASPs) for microprocessors, DRAMs and NAND flash, the Semiconductor Industry Association cut its IC forecast for 2007 to 1.8 percent growth.
EPA plans Energy Star program for servers News & Analysis 6/13/2007 Post a comment The US Environmental Protection Agency will propose extending its Energy Star program used for desktop PCs and consumer appliances to computer servers later this year, and if the trial goes well the program could be applied to other data center systems.
Ultrawideband players get wired for home nets Product News 6/12/2007 Post a comment The WiMedia Alliance has set up a group to explore whether it should draft a standard for ultrawideband networking over coax as one of its members, Tzero Technologies, announces a UWB chip set that supports both coax and wireless transmission.
Updated: Wibree backers join Bluetooth group News & Analysis 6/12/2007 Post a comment Backers of the low-power Wibree wireless standard are taking their technology under the umbrella of the Bluetooth Special Interest group in a move that could help reduce the fragmentation in personal area networks.
Standard aims to bolster thin client PCs Product News 6/11/2007 Post a comment The Video Electronics Standard Association expects to finish a draft of its Net2Display specification in September. The spec defines a new approach to building thin clients that are more simple, yet powerful enough to handle full motion video.
Alliance will call for DRM standard News & Analysis 6/11/2007 Post a comment The Digital Living Network Alliance will release a request for proposals for digital rights management interoperability, and is likely to endorse the work of the Coral Consortium as an open standard to make various DRM products work together.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times