Analyst: PC demand slipping broadly News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment PC demand started falling in emerging markets including China in mid-August and has been on the decline globally most of September, adding a major economic headache for the electronics industry to the existing U.S. financial worries, according to one market researcher.
Standard to unify powerline shot down in Madrid News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment A proposal to unify competing powerline networking technologies failed in a vote at the IEEE P1901 standards meeting in Madrid, sending engineers back to the drawing board in a failure that could help fuel a broader effort to set a standard for all wired home networks under the ITU G.hn group that is said to be on track to hit a major milestone in December.
Groups to collaborate on WiMedia radio tesing News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment The WiMedia Alliance, which promotes the adoption, standardization and multi-vendor interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide, has teamed with the Wireless Alliance for Testing Experiment and Research (Walter) grouping to focus on European development of the technology needed for measurement, calibration and testing of UWB radio products.
U.S. execs are behind Atmel's German fab move News & Analysis 10/1/2008 2 comments A trawl through the incorporation documents of Tejas Silicon Holdings (UK) Ltd reveals little about the intentions of the company that has just bought the Heilbronn, Germany fab operation of Atmel, nor of the exectives behind the venture.
Groups push for full color flexible displays Product News 10/1/2008 Post a comment Liquavista BV, (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), a spinoff from Philips Research Labs, is setting up an operation in Cambridge, England, following the successful bid for a £12 million co-operative research program to develop next generation flexible electronic displays that support full color and video.
Foxconn sues Molex over DisplayPort rights News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, has filed a lawsuit against connectors specialist Molex, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging a range of business torts and anti-competitive behavior.
LED - revolutionary backlighting for industry LCDs? Design How-To 10/1/2008 Post a comment Light emitting diodes are used in an increasing number of medium- and large-format displays as backlight. As could be seen recently at the ifa, the Consumer Electronics sector is assuming a pioneering role here " all liquid crystal display manufacturers presented ultra-flat LCD TV appliances with LED backlighting. But is the new backlight technology also suitable for industrial applications?
Powerline communications body issues smart grid requirements News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment The Universal Powerline Association (UPA), an international industry consortium providing a forum for the design and development of interoperable and open specifications for Powerline communications, has announced that it is issuing two market requirement documents for powerline communication based Smart Grid and Command and Control applications.
TSMC 'solidifies' automotive engagement News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is moving closer to becoming a leading supplier of silicon to the carmakers, according to Maria Marced, the company's top European executive.
Toshiba to launch 'Cell TV' in 2009 Product News 10/1/2008 Post a comment The Cell processor chip, originally developed for Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, will power "Cell TV," Toshiba Corp.'s next-generation, flat-panel TV scheduled for launch in the fall of 2009.
IBM 'fab club' tips foundry roadmap News & Analysis 10/1/2008 Post a comment IBM Corp.'s ''fab club'' alliance has outlined its foundry process roadmap, tipping a 28-nm ''half-node'' technology, and, in some cases, positioned its 32-nm offering as a better alternative to 40-nm.