Revived proposal aims to ban DVD copying News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment The DVD Copy Control Association will put up for a vote changes to its bylaws that would explicitly forbid OEMs from selling systems that make copies of movies, even for secure internal storage on a hard disk, the second attempt this year to make the changes that are seen as a reaction to the group's loss in a key civil suit it brought against startup Kaleidescape earlier this year.
PSMA gauging power-chip technologies News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment Survey on power-supply-in-package (PSI) and power- supply-on-chip (PSoC) systems will gauge the potential impact of the highly integrated devices on design and manufacturing trends
Micron Research Center formed in Utah News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment The Utah State University (USU) College of Engineering said that it will receive a total of $1 million over the next four years from the Micron Technology Foundation to create the Micron Research Center.
Nextest sees profit, sales jump 67% News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment ATE vendor Nextest Systems Corp. said revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 29 was $23 million, up 67 percent from the June 2007 quarter revenue of $13.8 million but down 14 percent from the September 2006 quarter revenue of $26.9 million.
Only 11 vehicles make it through to Urban Challenge finals News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment A disappointing eleven teams made it through to the finals of DARPA's Urban Challenge after the original 35 competitors spent the past week showing off their autonomous vehicles at a retired Air Force Base in Victorville, California. The original plan was to have 20 teams in the final.
ASML talks up lithography opportunities News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment Lithography gear specialist ASML Holding NV (ASML) believes there is a potential for the global semiconductor lithography market to grow to above Euros 10 billion ($14.4 billion) by 2012 from Euros 5 billion ($7.2 billion) in 2006, representing a 13 percent annual growth for the market over the period.
Parker Hannifin buys valve firm News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment Parker Hannifin Corp., a supplier of motion and control technologies, has acquired Kay Pneumatics Ltd., a manufacturer of pneumatic valves, cylinders and precision electro-pneumatic control systems for transportation, semiconductor, medical and general industrial markets.
On2 Technologies buys IP firm News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment On2 Technologies Inc. , a supplier of video compression solutions, has acquired Finland's Hantro Products Oy, a supplier in multimedia for mobile devices.
ASICs added to MEMS wafers News & Analysis 11/1/2007 Post a comment A new technique called "chip-on-MEMS" bonds ASIC dice atop an entire MEMS wafer before dicing, according to developer VTI Technologies Oy.
NXP passes German passport security tests News & Analysis 11/1/2007 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors is supplying enhanced versions of its ePassport chips to the German authorities who are readying a swith-over to passports that incorporate more and more secure biometric data than exiting documents.
GPS on steep ramp in cellphones News & Analysis 11/1/2007 2 comments The number of cellphones with global positioning satellite capabilities will more than quadruple between 2006 and 2011, driven by the U.S. government's mandate for Emergency 911 services and the rollout by carriers of new location-based services are driving the growth, according to a report released by iSuppli Corp.