Updated: Intel CTO surveys tech future News & Analysis 8/21/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner devoted his keynote address at its developer forum to "what the next 40 years of technology might look like."
Intel rolls out solid-state drives Product News 8/19/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. launched a family of solid-state drives claiming significant performance advances over its many competitors, however, the company would not reveal prices, an Achilles heel of the emerging storage devices.
German researchers accelerate MRAM technology News & Analysis 8/19/2008 Post a comment A research team at the German metrology institute PTB (Braunschweig, Germany) has carried out a switching process in a magnetic medium at the highest speed theoretically possible under physical aspects. The move could help to make magnetic memory devices as fast as their electronic counterparts.
Big turnout planned for 3DTV meeting News & Analysis 8/18/2008 Post a comment More than 160 people representing more than 80 companies are signed up to kick off one of the first big industry efforts for bringing stereoscopic 3D to television, seen by many as the next big thing in consumer electronics.
Serial ATA doubles data rate to 6 Gbits/s News & Analysis 8/18/2008 Post a comment The serial ATA interface is doubling its maximum data rate to support transfers up to 6 Gbits/second, and the group marshalling the spec has also started a logo program to help ensure interoperability among the expanding group of hard, optical and solid-state drives using the link.
Wolfson teams with Ozmo on audio PAN Product News 8/18/2008 Post a comment Ozmo Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) is working with Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) to deliver a wireless audio reference design. The design uses Ozmo's Wi-Fi personal area network chip (OZMO1000) and Wolfson's codec (WM8987L).
Mono audio codec targets VoIP phones Product News 8/17/2008 Post a comment Nuvoton's mono audio codec features a high-fidelity, 24-bit signal architecture delivering 93dB D/A converter signal to noise ratio (SNR) and 91dB A/D converter SNR at audio sampling rates from 8KHz to 48KHz.
Intel drives quarterly PC processor growth News & Analysis 8/15/2008 Post a comment The PC processor business shook off a weak economic climate to grow 3.1 percent in unit shipments in the June quarter—driven mainly by Intel's sales--but intense price competition drove revenues down 4.5 percent, according to the latest numbers from International Data Corp.
3-D TV not ready for prime time News & Analysis 8/14/2008 Post a comment A panel on the future of 3-D technologies agreed that more electronics advances are needed to make 3-D ubiquitous in the next five years without the need for special viewing glasses.
Fairchild launches new conservation program News & Analysis 8/14/2008 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor is launching a plan to drive down energy and water consumption at its manufacturing facilities as part of plans to lower production costs and reduce the impact of its operations on the environment.
Intel releases controller spec for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 8/14/2008 1 comment Intel Corp. has released a draft version 0.9 of its Extensible Host Controller Interface for USB 3.0 also called SuperSpeed USB that aims to deliver data rates up to 300 Mbytes/second at the application level.
Intel outlines new 'Larrabee' architecture Product News 8/14/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp's new architecture code-named "Larrabee" features a new approach to the software rendering 3-D pipeline while harkening back to an earlier custom pipeline scheme, according to company researchers.
Group crafts spec for 100G networking News & Analysis 8/13/2008 Post a comment The Optical Internetworking Forum has taken the first giant step toward defining a standard for long distance networking at 100 Gbits/second, choosing a modulation scheme in an effort that aims to kick start development on integrated optical modules.
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.