0.7mm-high slide switch targets mobile devices Product News 2/24/2010 Post a comment Alps Electric Europe announced the development of the SSAJ series, a 0.7mm-high slide switch that enables the design of more compact electronic devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and compact music players
IR rolls GaN devices Product News 2/24/2010 Post a comment International Rectifier Inc. has introduced the industry's first family of commercial integrated power stage products utilizing IR's gallium nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform.
APEC: Tesla Roadster, solar-panel dangers kickstart power fest News & Analysis 2/24/2010 Post a comment The 25th APEC kicked off with a dynamic plenary session that discussed the past and future of power, exposed the latest improvements to the Tesla Sports Roadster, uncovered the hidden dangers and inefficiencies of solar panels and showed how close-coupling cooling can achieve a 31 percent improvement in cooling efficiency for data centers.
GlobalFoundries, Samsung join e-beam group News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The eBeam Initiative--a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of a new design-to-manufacturing approach known as design for e-beam (DFEB)--has announced that six additional companies have joined the group.
Verigy posts loss amid sales gain News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment ATE supplier Verigy Ltd. said revenue for the first quarter was $106 million, an increase of 9 percent from the prior quarter, and an increase of 56 percent from the prior year period.
Intel-led alliance pledges $3.5B in venture funds News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The Invest in America Alliance, a group of 25 venture capital and 17 high tech companies led by Intel Corp., pledged to invest $3.5 billion in U.S. technology startups over the next two years and hire as many as 10,500 college students in 2010.
DAC 2010 to award Richard Newton graduate scholarships News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The 47th Design Automation Conference, to be held from June 13 to 18, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif., intends to award scholarships to promote graduate research and study in EDA and circuit design. These $24.000 scholarships are in honor of the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton.
DNA sequencing startup pulls in $7 million News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Nabsys Inc. (Providence R.I.), a developer of electronic, solid-state DNA sequencing, has announced it has received a $7 million investment as part of a Series B equity round led by Stata Venture Partners.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
TSMC, Dialog team on process for power management ICs News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Power management chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim-unter-Teck, Germany) has announced it is working with foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on a bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) manufacturing process technology tailored to power management ICs for portable devices.
X-FAB opens UK branch office News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Following the recent sale of its Plymouth silicon fabrication facility to Plessey Semiconductors, X-FAB has established a UK office supporting research and development, customer hotline support and sales
GateRocket rolls new version of FPGA debug tool Product News 2/23/2010 Post a comment FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 23) announced the newest version of its RocketVision debugging software, introducing new capabilities that allow designers to select individual design blocks to run in their simulator or GateRocket's RocketDrive hardware verification system.
EUV delayed again. Now what? News & Analysis 2/23/2010 2 comments This is not a surprise to most lithographers, but extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is delayed. EUV is now targeted for chip production at the 16-nm half-pitch node.
Xilinx banks on power efficiency for 28-nm Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment By the end of this year, Xilinx Inc. will begin sampling 28-nm FPGAs that consume half the power of its current devices while offering twice the capacity as previously possible, the company said Monday (Feb. 22).
Mentor Graphics to address variant diversity Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment With the acquisition of Freescale's Virtual Garage software product line, EDA software vendor Mentor Graphics plans to address two aspect that increasingly complicate automotive electronic designer's work: First, the conflict between added value and costs associated with the complexity of multiple electronics options in cars. The second aspect is the availability of vehicle-specific design data to service workshops for instance dynamic circuit diagrams.
Fuel cell system claims 2X efficiency News & Analysis 2/22/2010 10 comments Colin Powell, former secretary of state and now a board member at Bloom Energy, will debut the company's Bloom Box energy generator on Wed. Feb 24th along with the company founder's and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Uncle Sam asks consumers to weigh in on smart grid News & Analysis 2/22/2010 Post a comment In an effort to break through electronics-industry logjams, U.S. government policy makers are launching a blog to consumers for comment on a range of questions about smart electric grids including issues about gateways and networks that speak to systems engineers.
KEMET releases new high temperature C0G dielectric platform Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment KEMET has released new High Temperature Surface Mount C0G multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) that feature a robust and proprietary base metal dielectric system that offers industry-leading performance relative to capacitance and case size combined with capacitance stability at extreme temperatures up to +200 degrees C.
Vizio takes lead in U.S. LCD-TV sales Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment Vizio Inc. became the leading seller of LCD-TVs in the U.S. in 2009, leaping over giants Samsung and Sony by nearly doubling its 2008 shipments, but Samsung holds its position as top vendor of flat-panel TVs overall, according to the latest figures from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
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.