Synapse, Silicon Labs team on wireless mesh News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Snap, the operating systems for wireless sensor networks from Synapse Wireless Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) has been linked up with the Si1000 wireless microcontroller from Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas) to enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meters, building automation and personal medical devices.
Atheros weaves mesh networking effort News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
Samplify offers IQ compression for 4G conversion News & Analysis 4/26/2010 Post a comment Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a provider of signal compression technology and ICs has announced Prism IQ compression technology optimized for wireless infrastructure applications using the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) standard.
Renesas gets in-touch with Immersion touch interface News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Renesas Electronics America Inc. and Immersion Corp. have collaborated to provide a system-level solution that enables designers of consumer electronics; white goods; and medical, building automation and office equipment to integrate haptic [touch] feedback in product designs.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic? Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
NXP, Trusted Logic open up NFC-Android API News & Analysis 4/20/2010 Post a comment Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Trusted Logic SA (Paris, France) have announced the release of an open-source application programming interface to attach near-field communications to the Android software stack.
New converged network blends Ethernet, Infiniband News & Analysis 4/19/2010 1 comment The race toward converged networks took a step forward as a trade group announced a capability for layering Infiniband's low latency features on top of Ethernet for high performance computing applications running on large clusters.
Europe frets under air-travel ban News & Analysis 4/19/2010 6 comments The closure of northern European air space due to a volcanic dust cloud is starting to have an impact on business as well as causing distress to tens of thousands of travelers stranded abroad.
Motion controllers add zing to flat videogame market News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment The Nintendo Wii commanded 43 percent of the unit market for videogame consoles in 2009, but Sony and Microsoft are expected to challenge the Wii's dominance in a relatively flat market this year focusing on new motion-control technologies, according to market watcher iSuppli Corp.
PC market booms on European demand News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 27.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results from Gartner Inc. Gartner had been expecting first quarter PC shipments to grow 22 percent.
Samsung opens up over cancer allegations News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has denied chemicals used in its manufacture of integrated circuits cause leukemia or lymphoma during a planned tour of its Gi-Heung wafer fab facility, about 39 miles south of Seoul, according to reports.
Consortium backs mobile interface for high def video News & Analysis 4/14/2010 1 comment Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony and Toshiba Corp. have formed the MHL Consortium. The group has created a draft specification for the Mobile High-Definition Link originally announced by Silicon Image in 2008 for sharing high-definition video between mobile devices and televisions.
Entrepreneurs drive Silicon Valley toward Detroit 2.0 News & Analysis 4/13/2010 1 comment A handful of entrepreneurs hope to turn Silicon Valley into Detroit 2.0 by supplying key subsystems for next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles but they disagree about how the new market they see for electric and hybrid vehicles will emerge.
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3 News & Analysis 4/12/2010 1 comment European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
TSMC's March sales help it beat guidance News & Analysis 4/9/2010 Post a comment Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated March sales were approximately NT$30.82 billion (about $977 million), an increase of 5.6 percent over February 2010 and an increase of 126.3 percent over March 2009.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8% News & Analysis 4/8/2010 Post a comment The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for March that are up 9.8 percent on sales in February 2010. This is slightly less than is usual as March tends to be a considerably stronger March with sequential rises of around 25 percent.
En Garde! MEMS gyros penetrate smartphones News & Analysis 4/7/2010 1 comment Handset makers are confirming reports that MEMS-based gyroscopes are being built into next-generation smartphones to provide new twists on user interfaces, mobile gaming and location-based services.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign? News & Analysis 4/7/2010 1 comment Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Intel's CEO earned $14 million in 2009 News & Analysis 4/6/2010 1 comment Paul Otellini, president and CEO of the world's largest chip company Intel Corp., received about $14.1 million in total compensation for doing his job in 2009, an increase of 16.7 percent over what he was paid in 2008, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Telecom providers hungry for 100G, but price averse News & Analysis 4/6/2010 1 comment Big telecommunications providers are hungry for higher density systems, but they are concerned about the high costs of the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems coming this year and the need to transition to IPv6, according to an NTT chief technologist who shared details of a recent evaluation of core routers.
Inside the iPad: Samsung, Broadcom snag multiple wins Design How-To 4/4/2010 7 comments Samsung and Broadcom are among the major silicon suppliers for the Apple iPad which sports an unusually high processor-to-memory channel, an abundance of touch-screen silicon, a novel case design, according to a teardown performed by UBM TechInsights, a sister division of EE Times.
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.