Forum planned on 40/100G Ethernet News & Analysis 6/30/2009 Post a comment The Ethernet Alliance will host a one-day forum in Silicon Valley on the changes coming with the 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the IEEE P802.3ba standard now in the works.
Virginia Tech tools up with MathWorks News & Analysis 6/30/2009 Post a comment The MathWorks and Virginia Tech College of Engineering have signed a new three-year agreement for The MathWorks to provide resources and support for course components that utilize MathWorks tools.
Protests interrupt Cisco keynote News & Analysis 6/30/2009 1 comment Protesters interrupted a keynote speech by Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the company's annual Cisco Live event in San Francisco today.
Amkor's founder to step down as CEO News & Analysis 6/29/2009 Post a comment Amkor Technology President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Joyce will assume the role of CEO of the company effective Oct. 1. James Kim, Amkor's founder, will step down as CEO and become executive chairman.
Svanberg takes chair at BP, Vestberg tapped as Ericsson CEO News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment The practice of giant oil companies choosing CEOs from Nordic communications vendors as chairmen is continuing. After a long and sometimes controversial search, BP has appointed Carl-Henric Svanberg, president and chief executive of Ericsson, as its chairman to replace Peter Sutherland.
200 MHz PXI Express digital instrument and high-bandwidth chassis optimize automated test Product News 6/24/2009 Post a comment National Instruments has introduced two 32-channel PXI Express-based digital instruments and an eight-slot high-bandwidth PXI Express 3U chassis for advanced automated test applications. The PXIe-6544/45 selectable-voltage digital waveform generator/analyzers optimize test applications by supporting clock rates of up to 100 and 200 MHz, respectively, while the PXIe-6545 provides typical streaming rates of 660 MB/s.
Army ordered to split Future Combat System News & Analysis 6/23/2009 Post a comment Pentagon acquisition officials made good on Defense Secretary Robert Gates' pledge to rein in the Army's largest modernization program, announcing that development of the Future Combat System will be broken up into smaller development efforts.
SanDisk files suit against LSI News & Analysis 6/22/2009 Post a comment SanDisk has filed a complaint against LSI asking for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of several patents held by that company. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, also alleges libel against LSI and requests damages.
Silicon startups get the squeeze News & Analysis 6/22/2009 6 comments Top venture capitalists say opportunities are changing and narrowing for semiconductor startups because the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive and raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
WiMax group calls for patent pool News & Analysis 6/22/2009 Post a comment The Open Patent Alliance has issued a call for patents in an effort to set up a WiMax patent pool, and Via Licensing Corp. will act as administrator of the pool.
Trip Report: Comms go green in Dresden News & Analysis 6/20/2009 Post a comment Engineers can improve the energy efficiency of communications networks by addressing their relatively low utilization, sometimes even finding performance gains in the process, according to presenters at the First International Workshop on Green Communications here.
Watch Out: WAPI is back on the Wi-Fi agenda News & Analysis 6/19/2009 4 comments WAPI, the controversial Made-in-China wireless LAN security protocol that the government tried to force companies to adopt three years ago as a de facto standard, is being re-submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for consideration as a global standard.
IBM exec picked to head patent office News & Analysis 6/18/2009 2 comments Early reactions support President Barack Obama's choice of David Kappos, the assistant general counsel for intellectual property law at IBM Corp., as the new head of the U.S. patent office at a time when a three-year drive for patent reform is currently being hotly debated and the patent office is swamped by a historic backlog of applications.
Xilinx sponsors Peking University-UCLA research program News & Analysis 6/18/2009 Post a comment Xilinx said it would donate more than $500,000 worth of the company's flagship Virtex FPGA development systems and electronic design software to a new Joint Research Institute of Science and Engineering by China's Peking University and the University of California-Los Angeles.
Report: Smart grid needs IP, unlicensed bands News & Analysis 6/18/2009 2 comments Tomorrow's smart electric grid needs to make use of Internet Protocol standards and wireless networks in unlicensed spectrum bands, according to commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Researchers ready personal energy monitoring devices News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Researchers at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory are developing a device that will record people's daily energy consumption, including how they travel, the heating and appliances they use and also the indirect energy they use from the manufacture of food and goods that they consume.
U.S. readies broadband stimulus details News & Analysis 6/16/2009 1 comment U.S. government agencies may release by the end of June guidelines for applying for the first round of a total of $7.5 billion in stimulus funds to extend the reach of broadband networks, and carriers and communications systems makers are gearing up to apply for the grants and loans, some of which will be awarded as early as September.
Trio set to demo femtocell interoperability News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment Three leading players in the emerging femtocells business, chip designer picoChip, mobile packet core router provider Starent Networks Corp., and Continuous Computing, have collaborated on what they suggest is the first demonstration of the latest 3GPP Iuh standard.
Europe takes top spot for broadband, IPTV uptake News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment Broadband and IPTV penetration has continued to advance in most areas, and notably in Eastern European countries as well as South and eastern Asia, despite the economic downturn, according to the Broadband Forum, based on figures collated by London based consultancy Point Topic.
Digital high def spec targets security systems News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment The HDcctv Alliance formed by a handful of chip and systems companies is formally launching a new standard for high definition surveillance systems they think provides an easier, cheaper alternative to digital systems based on Internet Protocol.
India details solar plans Product News 6/15/2009 Post a comment India has unveiled aggressive long-term plans to grow both a solar market and an indigenous solar photovoltaics industry to serve it in the wake of predictions of a shakeout in the solar market in 2009.
Vitesse wins $22.5 million from auditors News & Analysis 6/15/2009 Post a comment Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Camarillo, Calif.), a developer of networking ICs, said Monday (June 15) that its former auditing firm KPMG LLP has agreed to pay Vitesse $22.5 million in settlement of a disagreement and renouncing claims on Vitesse for past endebtedness.
Publisher of Geek's Atlas to help save Bletchley Park News & Analysis 6/12/2009 1 comment The publishers of a book describing historical sites around the world famous for breakthroughs in technology, science and mathematics are to donate 50 pence for every book sold to Britain's struggling and run down Bletchley Park, home to the country's code-cracking and computing heritage.
Author of Digital Britain blueprint set to leave government News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Lord (Stephen) Carter, the man brought in some eight months ago to beef up the U.K.'s communications and media industry policy and who is due to present his long awaited and much anticipated Digital Britain report next week, is set to leave the government soon after the document is published.
Rambus, EC close on patent dispute deal News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Rambus (Los Altos, Calif.) has agreed to cut its royalties on some parts to settle a long running and high-profile dispute with European antitrust regulators and will thus avoid paying a fine.
EPSMA guides designers on thermal management News & Analysis 6/11/2009 Post a comment The European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA) has started circulating a guideline document to help design engineers understand better the complexities and importance of the thermal performance of board-mounted DC/DC converters in a host of applications.
Yahoo releases parallel software News & Analysis 6/11/2009 1 comment Web search pioneer Yahoo officially released its source code for Hadoop, a class of parallel software that could fuel a broad class of future Web-based applications, said an IBM executive at the second-annual Hadoop Summit.
Agilent CTO cites measurement trends, challenges at IMS 2009 News & Analysis 6/10/2009 Post a comment Nonlinear performance measurement, synchronized data collection and data visualization are among the solutions for clearing engineers' data acquisition and measurement hurdles, Darlene J.S. Solomon, Agilent Technologies CTO and vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories, said at the IEEE's MTT-S International Microwave Symposium.
DLNA flunks Best Buy's tests News & Analysis 6/10/2009 1 comment Retailer Best Buy has conducted internal tests showing products certified under the guidelines of the Digital Living Network Alliance are not fully interoperable and is considering withdrawing from the group as word of the tests is beginning to spook others about adopting the guidelines.
Group targets open source cloud computing News & Analysis 6/9/2009 Post a comment Executives from Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo are calling for developers to create an open source software standard for cloud computing and showed their efforts at the first annual Open Cirrus Summit.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.