SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms News & Analysis 12/2/2006 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO — October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Ericsson, Intel collaborate to push mobile broadband News & Analysis 12/2/2006 Post a comment Ericsson has entered into a joint effort with Intel Corp. to accelerate deployment of services and applications on mobile PCs, powered by Ericsson's HSDPA-based mobile broadband and IMS solutions and Intel Core Microarchitecture for mobile clients and servers.
Together, the two companies are aiming to accelerate the market uptake of mobile broadband and multimedia services usage, through a more convenient and attractive experience for consumers and enterprises.
South Korea aims to be top battery supplier by 2012 News & Analysis 12/2/2006 Post a comment SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea aims to become the world's top supplier of rechargeable batteries by 2012, surpassing current leader Japan. The government said it has assembled the infrastructure and key materials needed to boost production.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
More options for pin headers Product News 12/1/2006 Post a comment FCI has expanded its FCI BASICS+ range of commodity connectors with two new versions of its Quickie Shrouded Pin Headers for cable-to-board applications.
Receptacles make it easier to replace LEDs Product News 12/1/2006 Post a comment Mill-Max Mfg. offers a full line of low-profile, above board and elevated barrel receptacles suitable for socketing LED devices in display backlighting, automotive signal lights, electronic signs and custom array displays.
For telcos, all about access News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment The International Telecommunications Union moves it biggest summit meeting to Hong Kong this year, a change of venue that reflects the shift to broadband deployments in developing nations.
Analyst downgrades Broadcom News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment A Wall Street analyst who last week said Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple's forthcoming cellular handset downgraded Broadcom's stock rating to "neutral" from "buy."
Slowdown fails to impact Chartered's ramp News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment A general industry downturn apparently has yet to take the wind out of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.'s sails, with executives stating that it remains business as usual for the company's most advanced plant.
Nvidia joins AMD in graphics-chip probe News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment Joining Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) in a probe, Nvidia Corp. Friday (Dec. 1) said that it has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with potential antitrust violations related to graphics processing units and cards.
Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO — A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said Thursday (Nov. 30).
Transitive hails Manchester Uni's Knowledge Transfer award News & Analysis 12/1/2006 Post a comment Transitive Corporation says that its technology and commercial success was one of the key elements in the University of Manchester winning the coveted Knowledge Transfer Challenge Award and the accompanying £500,000 grant from the U.K. government's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Layout tool speeds MEMS design Product News 12/1/2006 Post a comment GenISys has started sampling to designers of MEMS based devices, sensors and flat panel displays a flexible simulation platform for mask aligner lithography that lets them virtually model, redesign and optimize device layouts and processes in hours rather than weeks.
Image sensors and notebook webcams: Less pixels, more performance Design How-To 12/1/2006 Post a comment With the proliferation of integrated notebook webcams, designers today risk heading down a path similar to DSCs: the drive for more pixels (higher resolution) when there really isn't a compelling need for one. In reality, going down this route can severely degrade the end-user experience because packing more pixels into smaller sensors translates into smaller pixels, which dramatically decreases low-light performance.
Gemstar-Digeo EPG patent dispute update Blog 12/1/2006 Post a comment From the ever-contentious world of EPGs (electronic program guides) and the precarious legality of trying to build a DVR or set top box that does not pay Gemstar-TV Guide for their patents, comes an update I received recently from a Digeo spokesperson. Digeo, you'll recall, filed an antitrust suit against Gemstar after refusing to come to terms with them, a somewhat pre-emptive move that was followed by Gemstar's patent infringement suit. Here's Digeo's letter.
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