CEA supports new Energy Star TV spec Product News 10/30/2008 Post a comment The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced support for the new ENERGY STAR specification for televisions, which takes effect on November 1, 2008. The new specification for the first time accounts for both active and standby power consumption across all types of televisions.
First Solar inks long-term module supply agreements totaling 525MW News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment First Solar Inc., has entered into new long-term module supply agreements with Sorgenia Solar, a developer of large-scale, grid-connected solar power plants in Italy and extended module supply agreements with several of First Solar's existing customers including EDF Energies Nouvelles, Ecostream, Juwi and Phoenix Solar AG.
TFT-LCD equipment spending to drop 21% in 2009 Product News 10/30/2008 Post a comment Although TFT-LCD equipment spending is still expected to reach record highs in 2008, spending is projected to fall off by 21% in 2009 due to falling panel prices, low fab utilization and global economic concerns, according to market research firm DisplaySearch.
Over-the-air TV gears for mobile, Web roles News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment Proponents of over-the-air digital TV are gearing up for new mobile and Web offerings that could hit as early as next year, but even some implementers admit the effort faces a host of daunting challenges.
Bozotti identifies four priorities at ST Product News 10/30/2008 Post a comment Shortly after STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported a third quarter net loss of $289 million, Carlo Bozotti, president and CEO of ST, highlighted four key priorities for the group.
Chip sales up 1.6% in September on back of PC sales News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors, expressed as the three-month moving average, increased by 1.6 percent to $23 billion in September compared to sales of $22.6 billion in the corresponding period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association(SIA).
Aixtron sales on target, orders decline News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment Despite a difficult macroeconomic environment, semiconductor equipment vendor Aixtron (Aachen, Germany) has reiterated its sales targets for 2008. However, declining order entry forebodes tough investment climate.
Continental announces cost cutting program News & Analysis 10/30/2008 1 comment Like most other automotive electronics suppliers, Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) sees stormy weather ahead as a result of the sudden drop in demand for cars. Along with its Q3 figures, the company announced a cost cutting program.
Video: Lenny Lipton on 3DTV Design How-To 10/30/2008 1 comment Stereo 3-D pioneer Lenny Lipton, the chief technology officer of RealD Cinema, discusses the technical and market challenges facing 3DTV in an interview at the Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
HDMI gets nod as interface for 3DTV Design How-To 10/30/2008 2 comments The Consumer Electronics Association has started standards work aimed at enabling home systems to play stereoscopic 3-D video, starting off with a planned upgrade for the standard behind the High Definition Multimedia Interface to make sure it is ready to carry stereo 3-D data.
Amkor's Q3 profit plummets News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Chip-packaging provider Amkor Technology saw its third quarter profit plummet to $34 million, down 48 percent from the second quarter and down 44 percent from the third quarter of 2007.
Silicon fiber optics debut News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment By inserting crystalline silicon into the core of conventional optical fibers, Clemson University researchers hope to harness the embedded semiconductors to process optical signals.
Atmel swings to loss, rejects takeover bid News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Atmel posted a GAAP $4.7 million loss for the third quarter after reporting a profit in the same period of 2007. The company's board also rejected an unsolicited $2.3 billion bid to acquire the company by Microchip Technology and ON Semiconductor.
Semantic search said to surpass Google News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Elsevier's illumin8 search engine uses a technology thesaurus to interpret the meaning of terms, and then summarizes results categorized in separate panes by organization, approach, benefit, author/inventor, company and product.
Mosaid, Powerchip settle patent litigation News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies said it has settled its patent infringement litigation with Powerchip Semiconductor and signed a patent license agreement with the Taiwanese provider of memory chips and foundry services.
ST to suspend production due to slow demand in Q4 News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported that its fab utilization rate amounted to 85 percent in the third quarter of 2008. It is, however, expected to strongly decrease in the fourth quarter of 2008 and, possibly, in the first quarter of 2009.
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.