Tessera acquires IP provider FotoNation News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Tessera Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FotoNation Inc., a provider of embedded imaging solutions for digital still camera and mobile phone applications.
IBM calls for modeling standard News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The IBM-led Power.org group overseeing the Power CPU architecture is about to start an internal effort to define interface standards to link chip models with simulation tools for cores used in Power CPU-based designs, something the broader industry needs to lower design costs and shorten time-to-market, said and IBM executive.
ASE posts strong results News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., the world's largest independent provider of IC packaging and testing services, reported net revenues of NT$28.976 billion ($901.2 million) for the fourth quarter of 2007, up 28 percent year-over-year and up 4 percent sequentially.
Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
1-A rectifier housed in tiny package Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment Intended for portable devices such as digital audio players, mobile phones and digital cameras, Diodes Inc.'s SBR1U40LP 1-A Super Barrier Rectifier (SBR) in housed in a 1.4-mm x 1.1-mm DFN package.
Singapore group to power up Splashpower News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Splashpower Ltd., a Cambridge, England-based startup that has developed a wireless inductive electrical charging system for portable electronic equipment, has signed up its first major customer for the technology, Singapore based developer of converged mobile devices Mobile & Wireless Group (MWg).
Companies team for sub $100 3G Linux phone Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has teamed with embedded Linux developer Purple Labs (Chambery, France) for a sub $100 3G reference mobile phone targeted at handset designers focusing on emerging and developing markets.
8-bit MCUs extend battery life in portables Product News 1/31/2008 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has introduced low-power 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) designed to enhance portable performance, extend battery life and improve energy efficiency for a wide range of embedded applications.
Motorola joins CSR's drive for an E-GPS forum News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Motorola is the first company to join the CSR-led Enhanced GPS Forum that has just been established to encourage equipment makers and operators to work together to accelerate development of location technologies.
Test instrument delivers pulse and noise generation Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment Agilent Technologies claims to introduce the industry's first pulse function arbitrary noise generator, which is said to provide superior signal quality combined with versatile waveforms for general-purpose bench tests or advanced serial data stress tests.
Sun rallies industry around Rock CPU News & Analysis 1/30/2008 1 comment Sun Microsystems is trying to rally an industry consortium around its approach to supporting transactional memory, a key piece of the puzzle of tomorrow's parallel programming systems Sun will implement in its upcoming Rock microprocessor.
Graphics processor breaks Teraflop barrier Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment In a move that will expand the visual boundaries of PC entertainment beyond the 1080p HD threshold, AMD has developed the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics processor that breaks the Teraflop (one trillion floating point operations per second) barrier.
24-bit audio DAC delivers longer music playback Product News 1/30/2008 Post a comment Aimed at mobile music applications, ST's single-chip STw5210, a 24-bit audio DAC with playback time extender technology, reduces system power consumption for longer music playback, and incorporates on-chip power management, enabling direct connection to a battery.
Omron absorbs chip subsidiary News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment In the latest restructuring in Japan's IC industry, Omron Corp. plans to combine and absorb its separate chip subsidiary, Omron Semiconductors Co. Ltd.
Rim Semi buys Broadband Distance News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment Rim Semiconductor Co., a company that develops technology for telecommunications service providers, has acquired Broadband Distance Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Utek Inc., in a stock transaction.
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