Group bids to spend $178M on smart grids News & Analysis 8/27/2009 1 comment A team of utilities, vendors and research groups has submitted a five-year, $178 million proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart electric grid demonstration system in the Pacific Northwest region, one of more than 400 bids for economic stimulus grants the DoE has received, contending for as much as $3.9 billion in government funds aimed at accelerating work on smart grids.
Solarflare integrates 10GBase-T on a single chip News & Analysis 8/24/2009 Post a comment Solarflare Communications debuts two chips that mark a significant milestone on the road to the long delayed transition to 10 Gbit/second Ethernet, but the industry still faces a host of challenges eking out mainstream markets for 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper.
EU backs LTE Advanced research projects News & Analysis 8/20/2009 Post a comment Communications industry executives have welcomed the EU's commitment to fund research work on LTE Advanced , the follow-on technology from LTE that many mobile network operators have only just started embracing, but also cautioned on the timescales involved in deploying the next generation technology.
IBM harnesses DNA to pattern nanoscale circuits News & Analysis 8/17/2009 Post a comment IBM Corp. researchers say they have harnessed DNA to position nanoscale components like carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires into circuits 10 times smaller than can be achieved with current lithographic techniques.
Nokia wins a round in patent battle with InterDigital News & Analysis 8/17/2009 Post a comment Finnish mobile phone group Nokia Oy has won an important round in a long running patent dispute with InterDigital, Inc. as a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge said Nokia's handsets do not infringe IPR related to W-CDMA technology held by the American company.
IEEE helps spawn industry collaborations News & Analysis 8/17/2009 Post a comment A group of security companies have become the first to pilot the IEEE's Industry Connections program, an effort to extend the IEEE's umbrella of support it offers its standards efforts to broader groups of companies that want to set up collaborations quickly.
DVD group wins appeal in Kaleidescape case News & Analysis 8/12/2009 Post a comment The DVD Copy Control Association won an appeal in a case against Kaleidescape Inc., a startup with a high-end media server that rips and stores DVD movies on its hard disk drive, but Kaleidescape said it will appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court.
Atmel sued by former counsel, French employees News & Analysis 8/10/2009 Post a comment Atmel disclosed its involvement in new litigations in a regulatory filing, including a suit filed against three former distributors and actions filed against the company by its former chief counsel and a group of former employees in France.
PLX ships five millionth PCI Express chip Product News 8/10/2009 Post a comment PLX Technology, Inc. announced it has shipped five million PCI Express bridge and switch chips representing 16 million PCIe ports in a variety of PC servers, storage and graphics systems as well as embedded systems and communications control planes.
Toshiba, finally, set to join the Blu-ray club News & Analysis 8/10/2009 Post a comment Japanese consumer electronics giant Toshiba has seemingly put the high-definition DVD battles behind it and has applied to join Blu-Ray Disc Association, promising an array of Blu-ray products by the end of the year.
Viewpoint: 5 reasons Mexico is best for electronics production News & Analysis 8/7/2009 6 comments Many high-tech equipment manufacturers are again picking Mexico for their production needs due to the competitive total cost of ownership compared with other low-cost locations and its proximity to consumers in the United States. Here are five reasons why Mexico beats Asian locations in the selection of a competitive manufacturing site for products destined for consumption in high-cost centers like the United States.
Analysis: Impact still unclear in broad ITC import ban News & Analysis 8/6/2009 Post a comment The International Trade Commission's ban in a recent Tessera case highlights the difficulties electronics companies face dealing with a rising tide of patent enforcement issues because nearly three weeks after the ruling went into effect it is still difficult to gauge its impact or even find out exactly which chips it covers.
Legal issues hound Polymer Vision administrators News & Analysis 8/6/2009 Post a comment Legal complications have left the administrators of Polymer Vision in limbo. The Eindhoven, Netherlands based company went into liquidation last month with the loss of 50 jobs, and when contacted, Smith and Williamson said they could not comment whether any potential buyer has emerged for the company's Southampton facilities, or the technology behind its displays.
Intersil to acquire Quellan News & Analysis 8/4/2009 Post a comment Continuing its buying spree, Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Quellan Inc., a privately-held supplier in the design of high-performance analog signal processing integrated circuits.
Appliance makers call for smart grid incentives News & Analysis 8/4/2009 Post a comment Government planners need to create new, low rates for electricity service to encourage consumers to adopt energy-saving appliances, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, an industry group that released its list of recommended guidelines for smart grid standards.
Video: DAC chair on the 2009 show News & Analysis 8/3/2009 Post a comment EE Times caught up with Andrew Kahng, chair of the 46th Design Automation Conference, who said the event exceeded a lot of expectations considering the economy and the July dates.
Android heads for high def roles News & Analysis 8/3/2009 Post a comment MIPS Technologies and one of its partners are developing extensions to the Android operating system to support high definition video displays, part of a broader initiative by MIPS to bring Google's cellphone software to consumer electronics devices such as Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and digital TVs.
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.