Graphite foam cools hi-intensity LEDs News & Analysis 8/30/2010 15 comments Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher James Klett (shown) claims to have developed a graphite foam technology that can help cool LED light fixtures and extend their lifespan.
Report: EMS vendors face supply chain 'pileup' News & Analysis 8/30/2010 2 comments Contract manufacturers are facing a challenging supply imbalance characterized by tight inventories of components and a glut of raw materials, according to a report by market research firm iSuppli.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M News & Analysis 8/30/2010 3 comments The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs News & Analysis 8/30/2010 3 comments The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Microsoft founder sues the industry News & Analysis 8/29/2010 17 comments Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
China researchers claim faster MRAM News & Analysis 8/27/2010 5 comments MRAM speed can be boosted and power consumption cut by using a new electrical switching technique that requires much less energy to write bits, according to Chinese researchers.
Intel cuts sales target on weak PC sales News & Analysis 8/27/2010 7 comments Intel lowered its sales target for the third quarter, saying the company now expects revenue to be between $10.8 billion and $11.2 billion, down from a previous estimate of $11.2 billion and $12 billion.
Magma hits guidance, beats analyst expectations News & Analysis 8/26/2010 2 comments Magma Design Automation met or exceeded all financial guidance for the quarter ended Aug. 1, posting a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $3.3 million on revenue of $32.6 million.
The future of SoC verification: Is it enterprise computing? Blog 8/26/2010 4 comments The next generation of verification tools may be less about simulation or formal analysis, and more about managing and merging data sets, scheduling resources and mining data sets. If that list sounds familiar, it could be because what we are really seeing is the gradual convergence of verification with enterprise computing.
Apple should build a fab Blog 8/26/2010 83 comments With Apple and its key foundry partner, Samsung Electronics, on a collision course in several end-user markets, Apple should consider building its own fab to make the A4 chip for its iPad and iPad.
Silicon Labs, Quintic settle infringement suit News & Analysis 8/26/2010 Post a comment IC vendor Quintic has agreed to a patent licensing and royalty deal that provides the company with a limited license to Silicon Laboratories' international portfolio of FM radio patents under the terms of a patent infringement litigation settlement between the two companies, Silicon Labs said.
Simplifying control in the RF front end Blog 8/26/2010 3 comments Yesterday, the MIPI Alliance announced its new interface specification for RF front-end (RFFE) control. I contacted the MIPI Alliance, and Jori Arrakoski, Senior Architect at Nokia was kind enough to answer my questions.
Analyst: Samsung likely to pass Intel in ICs News & Analysis 8/26/2010 24 comments South Korea's Samsung Electronics is on track to catch Intel in semiconductor revenue and will most likely become the No. 1 chip vendor by the middle of this decade, according to an industry analyst.
Research improves silicon for quantum computing Research 8/26/2010 4 comments A team of scientists from University College London (UCL) and the National High Magnetic Field Lab (NHMFL) in Florida has discovered a more efficient way to encode quantum information in silicon. The research is described in the journal Nature Materials and in a forthcoming article in Physical Review Letters.
Graphene fabrication gets a boost News & Analysis 8/26/2010 2 comments U.S. researchers claim supercomputer simulations found that electron radiation prevents crosstalk between monolayers of graphene during fabrication.
IBM describes Power7 supercomputer News & Analysis 8/25/2010 5 comments IBM engineers sketched out plans at Hot Chips for a petaflops-class supercomputer built from as many as 64,000 Power7 processors and delivering a terabit/second of optical links to the system's main processor boards.
Applied flows into flowable CVD News & Analysis 8/24/2010 2 comments As expected, Applied Materials rolled out a new chemical vapor deposition technology, said to tackle the gap-fill challenges in advanced chip designs.
Xelerated extends 100GE broadband reach News & Analysis 8/24/2010 1 comment On the heels of extending its HX family of network processor units to accommodate 100 Gbit/s of Ethernet traffic Xelerated is now sampling its AX family of programmable Ethernet switches.
Applied invests in solar inspection firm News & Analysis 8/23/2010 Post a comment A group of investors, including Applied Materials, have backed BT Imaging, a supplier of luminescence-based inspection and quality control systems for the photovoltaic manufacturing industry.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times