Atmel to outsource German fab operation News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment In a complex arrangement that in effect rids the company of the Heilbronn, Germany manufacturing operation it has been trying to sell for two years, Atmel said that a U.K. company has agreed to buy the fab's equipment and lease the facility from Atmel.
Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green Teardown 9/29/2008 Post a comment Last year, I purchased a hands-free Bluetooth car kit as a Christmas gift for a family member who, as a sales rep, spends significant time talking in her car. Worried for her safety as she drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around a cell phone, I initially felt a sense of pride as she unwrapped a gift that demonstrated concern for her well-being. Sometimes, however, a buzz can be short-lived. After a quick explanation of what the gift was, I could see a bit of uneasiness creep in as
Nanoradio wins Samsung 3G-UMA design-in News & Analysis 9/26/2008 Post a comment Specialist radio IC developer Nanoradio AB (Stockholm, Sweden) has said that its NRX700/2 Wi-Fi chipset has been designed into two Samsung phones, the P250 and the P270, being released into multiple countries in Europe.
Ultrasound imaging system design reshaped by AFEs Design How-To 9/26/2008 Post a comment Recent innovations are making it possible for new ultrasound systems to achieve much lower power and a significantly smaller footprint than ever before. Designing ultrasound systems is complex, and every feature of the analog front end (AFE) can influence system performance.
More about Atmel's restructuring in Nantes News & Analysis 9/25/2008 Post a comment Slightly after Atmel announced it would trim 180 jobs at its manufacturing site in Rousset, in the French region of Provence, it is now the turn of Atmel Nantes to announce 30 job cuts from its staff of 250.
Mirics wins first design win for PC TV receivers News & Analysis 9/25/2008 Post a comment Mirics Semiconductor Ltd (Fleet, England) has won its first design-in for its FlexiTV multiband receiver chip, from Taiwanese wireless module specialist AzureWave Technologies, which is using it in a part being readied for PC TV receivers.
Qualcomm first in Android phone but won't be lonely News & Analysis 9/25/2008 Post a comment Qualcomm's prominent place inside the first Android mobile phone is a feather in the company's cap, but doesn't mean there won't be stiff competition from rival wireless chip set vendors for design ins on future handsets to run the Google-backed operating system.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.