Hard-drive makers push fundamental limits News & Analysis 6/29/2000 Post a comment Recent talk of approaching fundamental limits in hard disk storage have fueled the hopes of those pushing such alternative approaches as optical storage, holographic storage, perpendicular recording and atomic probe storage. The market involved is huge. More than $40 billion worth of hard disk drives and subsystems were sold last year. Prices per megabyte have been falling by a factor of two per year; capacity per disk has risen at the same rate. Any roadblock to continued progress in this techn
Europe gains as consumer electronics leader News & Analysis 6/28/2000 Post a comment The pull for mobile connectivity is tugging the center of activity of consumer electronics design from Japan and the United States to Europe. In enclaves like Lund, small university town 300 kilometers south of Stockholm, engineers like Michel Saboune of Ericsson are brewing up concepts for families of wireless gadgets in which beefy CPUs take a backseat to clever design in RF, miniaturization and user interfaces.
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.