Dim outlook seen for solar in '06 News & Analysis 12/31/2005 Post a comment After sizzling growth in recent times, the solar energy market is projected to dim and "hit the wall" for panel, equipment and materials vendors in 2006, warned an analyst.
Times Square New Year's Eve Ball going high-tech News & Analysis 12/31/2005 Post a comment When the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball slides down to mark the beginning of 2006, it will be the last time it is lit entirely with conventional, incandescent light bulbs. Starting in December 2006, the ball will be lit by LEDs.
Product brochure covers medical capabilities Product News 12/30/2005 Post a comment ITT Electronic Components offers a product brochure that details the company's connector, switch and interface products for medical equipment. These products are designed to meet or exceed crosstalk, RFI/EMI, capacitance/impedance and IEC safety requirements for these applications.
Motor driver IC keeps an eye on the camera Product News 12/30/2005 Post a comment Designed for portable electronics products with a basic digital camera, Freescale Semiconductor's MPC17C724 is a dual-channel motor driver IC that delivers 400 mA per channel for controlling the camera lens and shutter.
Intel leaps into new branding strategy News & Analysis 12/30/2005 Post a comment Seeking to boost its image in the consumer markets, Intel Corp. plans to revamp its rebranding strategy and will unveil a new name for its next-generation, notebook-based microprocessor line.
Video codec startup claims iPod first Product News 12/30/2005 Post a comment Claiming an industry first, low-power codec IC provider Mobilygen said that its MG1264 chip supports real-time, high-quality H.264/ACC video capture compatible with Apple Computer's video iPod.
Commentary: ASMI, Unaxis sing the blues News & Analysis 12/29/2005 Post a comment In the stock market, the rule of thumb is that you buy low and sell high. Two semiconductor-equipment vendors -- ASM International BV (ASMI) and Unaxis Holding AG -- could be looking to apply the same rule for their respective backend units.
Piezo motor targets portable products Product News 12/29/2005 Post a comment New Scale Technologies, Inc. has developed a tiny SQL series SQUIGGLE piezo motor to replace its larger SQ-306s motor for portable electronic products. The device features precise linear motion at low power and can withstand greater mechanical shock than previous models.
Silicon won't bring solar into mainstream News & Analysis 12/29/2005 Post a comment Asking the very large, mainstream digital electronics manufacturing firms a rhetorical question to the effect of ‘why aren't you working on solar?’ … is a question which largely answers itself this way: a really big solar-cell array has perhaps 10,000 diodes, connected in a very simple series/parallel network.
MagnaChip sells chip unit to GreenChips News & Analysis 12/29/2005 Post a comment Seeking to narrow its focus, South Korea’s MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. said that it has agreed to sell its application processor business to GreenChips Co. Ltd, a Korean semiconductor maker and distributor.
NEC to delist on European exchanges News & Analysis 12/29/2005 Post a comment Troubled NEC Corp. said that it plans to apply for delisting of its ordinary shares and depositary receipts from the London, Euronext Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Swiss stock exchanges.
UMC chairman to resign amid snafus News & Analysis 12/29/2005 Post a comment In a stunning and revealing letter to shareholders, Robert Tsao announced that he plans to resign from his positions as chairman and board member of Taiwanese foundry specialist United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC).
GE, Xcel propel wind power market News & Analysis 12/29/2005 Post a comment In a major boost for proponents of alternative energy, General Electric and Xcel Energy Inc. separately announced major wind power projects for use in generating electricity.
Oil hike derails EDA market rally News & Analysis 12/28/2005 Post a comment Major EDA stocks traded on the Nasdaq market posted mixed results, as Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics showed gains while Synopsys and Magma Design Automation slipped.
LG exec expects LCOS, PVRs to bolster TV sales News & Analysis 12/28/2005 Post a comment LG Electronics chief executive S.S. Kim expects Liquid Crystal on Silicon technology to help the Korean electronics company achieve its goal of becoming the leading supplier in the global television market, using premium display products.
Ovonyx, Samsung ink pact on memory IP News & Analysis 12/28/2005 Post a comment Ovonyx Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have entered into a long-term license agreement to use Ovonyx' intellectual property relating to the thin-film semiconductor memory technology.
ARC names 35-year tech vet CFO News & Analysis 12/28/2005 Post a comment Thirty-five year technology veteran Vic Young as been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of configurable CPU/DSP processor core and subsystem vendor ARC International.
1-watt DC/DCs extend design options Product News 12/28/2005 Post a comment Offering OEM designers a wide range of voltage and packaging options, V-Infinity's Miniature DC/DC Converter family delivers 1 watt in approximately 85 basic single- and dual-output models for low-power mixed-signal circuits, datacom, and test and measurement.
TCXOs tout tight stability Product News 12/28/2005 Post a comment MtronPTI offers a family of low voltage, surface-mount temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) and VCTCXOs (voltage controlled TCXOs) with tight stability and excellent aging characteristics for network and wireless engineers.
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.