Fluke : ScopeMeter suits CAN-bus troubleshooting Product News 6/30/2008 Post a comment As well as enabling detailed signal measurements, the rugged Fluke 125 Industrial ScopeMeter features a "bus health" mode function which gives a clear good/bad indication for the electrical signals on a CAN-bus and other buses.
Autodesk ends interest in bid for Flomerics News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Autodesk will not pursue its interest in simulation software group Flomerics (Hampton Court, England) leaving the field clear again for Mentor Graphics, who has a 29 percent stake in the British company and who has made several bids to take control.
Coming (not too) soon: wireless set-top boxes News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Wireless is coming to the cable TV set-top box, but just which wireless and when is still not clear, said a Cox Communications executive after a panel on wireless video networking at the Connections conference.
Video: 60 GHz, Wi-Fi, UWB face off at panel Product News 6/27/2008 Post a comment Competing approaches to delivering high quality video in the digital home faced off in a panel discussion at the Connections conference where representatives of Wi-Fi, ultrawideband and 60 GHz radios were clearly gunning for similar design wins in TVs, routers, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray drives and other devices.
Safe bet: tire pressure sensors Teardown 6/26/2008 Post a comment One of Portelligent's analysts had the presence of mind to gather up the damaged tire pressure monitor (TPM) from his Toyota during a recent service center visit.
Video: Panasonic CTO on unifying home nets News & Analysis 6/26/2008 Post a comment It's time to unify wired home networks, said Paul Liao, chief technology officer for Panasonic North America in a keynote at the Connections conference where he made the case for backing the ITU's G.hn standard now in progress which aims to define a single high-speed physical layer that could run over coax, phone and powerlines.
AMD taps Ghilardi to head EMEA region News & Analysis 6/25/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has named Emilio Ghilardi senior vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, or EMEA, reporting to Gustavo Arenas, the chip groupís chief sales officer.
Group aims to manage boom of devices News & Analysis 6/24/2008 Post a comment A new industry group under the TM Forum is forming to define what standards are needed to manage a ballooning number of connected devices, an ambitious mission that spans both business networks and the digital home.
Nokia builds open mobile software foundation News & Analysis 6/24/2008 Post a comment Epoch making. Unprecedented. Setting mobile software free. These were just some of the typical superlatives used by the senior executives from Symbian, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Texas Instruments, ST Microelectronics, Vodafone and others at the London conference where Nokia et al put some flesh on the announcement that the Finnish phone maker would pay about $410 million for the 52 percent of Symbian Ltd it does not already own, and thus ease the way to creating the Foundation that will de
Home net chip does UWB, coax, Ethernet Product News 6/24/2008 Post a comment Sigma Designs has developed a second-generation ultrawideband chip set called CoAir for home networks that can simultaneously run UWB over wireless and coax at rates up to 370 Mbits/second while maintaining a Gbit Ethernet link, aiming to serve set-top boxes, routers and gateway devices on home networks.
Group pushes LTE device interoperability testing News & Analysis 6/23/2008 Post a comment A global group of vendors and operators focused on LTE, the fast data rate next generation version of cellular technology, has outlined plans for cross-vendor device to network interoperability testing, setting the stage for global roaming on LTE networks.
Safer electrical testing Product News 6/23/2008 Post a comment The fast and safe testing of high voltages up to 5kV AC and 6kV DC is provided by the portable bench-top Sentinel HiPot/flash/dielectric tester now available from Clare Instruments
Taiwan preps low power DSP, WiMax chips News & Analysis 6/21/2008 1 comment Taiwan's government-sponsored research arm is preparing to tape out a dual-core DSP and a single-chip WiMax controller that aim to consumer less power than existing commercial devices, helping local companies get a leg up in mobile multimedia markets.
Video: A talk with ITRI president Johnsee Lee News & Analysis 6/21/2008 Post a comment EE Times' roving reporter Rick Merritt sat down with Johnsee Lee, president of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, for an update on the work of the 5,700-person group in areas such as electronic cars and intellectual property.
Researchers tout low-power reflective LCDs Product News 6/20/2008 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, have developed a reflective bistable liquid crystal display (LCD) that can maintain static images in full daylight without requiring an external power supply. The University is looking to license the technology and says a major application would be solar powered display advertisements, as well as mobile phones, laptop PCs, ATMs, electronic paper, smart cards and disposable displays.
Airbus suffers setback in U.S defense deal News & Analysis 6/19/2008 Post a comment In what could be a major blow to the European Airbus consortium's expansion plans, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has ruled that there should be another auction for a $35 billion (£17.8 billion) defence contract for the US Air Force.
IBM, Intel rise in latest Top 500 list News & Analysis 6/18/2008 Post a comment IBM and Intel share bragging rights in the latest release of the world's 500 most powerful computers. IBM broke the petaflops barrier with its Roadrunner system while Intel snagged more sockets in the Top 500 list.
Analyst: Cadence/Mentor merger 'a bad idea' News & Analysis 6/17/2008 1 comment Cadence Design Systems is under pressure and may lose its top spot in the electronic design automation sector, but its proposed $1.6 billion merger with Mentor Graphics is "a really bad idea," said a veteran EDA analyst.
QLogic rolls 20 Gbit/s Infiniband card News & Analysis 6/17/2008 Post a comment QLogic Corp. officially rolled out its first 20 Gbit/second Infiniband adapter card and said it will follow it up later this year with a 40 Gbit/s card, going toe-to-toe with rival Mellanox Technologies.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.