DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi News & Analysis 5/20/2008 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing Apple Inc.'s acquisition of embedded PowerPC designer PA Semi Inc. that reportedly put into jeopardy the future of a wide variety of military programs that had designed in the startup's processor.
Three-phase 600V IC boosts motor-drive reliability Product News 5/20/2008 Post a comment These rugged 600V three-phase gate driver ICs for motor drive applications feature DC bus sensing and negative voltage spike immunity to protect systems from catastrophic evens seen during high-current switching and short-circuit conditions.
Wind River, Intel ride Linux into car market Product News 5/20/2008 Post a comment Intel and Wind River Systems have teamed up to create a Linux/x86 platform for car electronics, debuting at the Telematics Detroit 2008 conference based on Intel's low-power Atom processor and a new variant of Wind River's embedded Linux.
Startup implants RFID in operating room News & Analysis 5/19/2008 Post a comment ClearCount Medical Solutions, a Pittsburg startup, has launched what could be one of the first RFID systems to debut in an operating room setting, using RFID tags to automate the process of tracking surgical sponges.
Thomas tapped as CEO at Air Semi News & Analysis 5/19/2008 Post a comment Air Semiconductor (Swindon, England) has appointed Hugh Thomas as its CEO, signaling a new phase for the company as it moves from product development to commercialization
Jennic senses IP wireless sensor net opportunity Product News 5/19/2008 Post a comment Wireless communications chip and software developer Jennic (Sheffield, England) has started sampling a networking stack for the 6LoWPAN low-power wireless Internet Protocol specification, extending the reach of its offerings for the IEEE 802.15.4 networking standard.
Wavesat rolls multi-mode baseband Product News 5/19/2008 Post a comment Chip designer Wavesat debuts today (May 19) a new multicore DSP architecture capable of handling baseband processing for multiple broadband networks including WiMax Wave 2, Wi-Fi and the next-generation Personal Handyphone System.
Battery charger ICs save space, cost Product News 5/16/2008 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX17005, MAX17006, and MAX17015 high-frequency, multi-chemistry battery-charger ICs for notebook computers, tablet PCs, and other portable devices with rechargeable batteries.
MMIC Solutions raises £2.7 million in Round A News & Analysis 5/15/2008 Post a comment Module and subsystem startup MMIC Solutions Ltd (Ledbury, England) has raised £2.7 million in a first round of VC financing to extend its development of receivers and modules for millimeter wave applications.
Under the Hood: Mature devices get Rolly rocking Teardown 5/13/2008 Post a comment The Sony Rolly, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a "dancing" MP3 player: When songs are loaded or streamed via Bluetooth, the Rolly can roll around and flap its speaker coverings in time with the music. The speaker flaps can also muffle the sound and give it a bit more flare when noise is channeled through one side or the other.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.