15-channel chip supports up to 56 touch zones Product News 12/1/2008 Post a comment Leadis Technology Inc. has boosted the performance of its LDS60xx family of button ICs with a technology called TapTouch that it says lowers the cost of capacitive touch implementation in high button count applications.
Industrial robot is real "Iron Chef" Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 12/1/2008 Post a comment The latest creative demonstration of an industrial robot's capabilities brings a new - and literal - meaning to the term from the popular cult-favorite cooking show.
Top 20 chip suppliers: iSuppli's preliminary rankings News & Analysis 12/1/2008 Post a comment Six of the top 10 semiconductor companies are expected to suffer revenue declines in 2008, with the broader industry hamstrung by a "disastrous" year for the memory chip segment, according to market research firm iSuppli's preliminary rankings of the top 20 chip suppliers for the year.
TI claims major femtocell design wins News & Analysis 12/1/2008 Post a comment Texas Instruments, which has publicly taken a wait and see approach to the emerging femtocell market, has nevertheless revealed that major OEMs are using its DSPs in on-going field trials of the home basesetstaion or 3G access point business.
Solar cell efficiency boosted News & Analysis 12/1/2008 4 comments Thin-film solar cells that could boost efficiency by 50 percent while also cutting materials costs by using less silicon will be reported by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers at the annual meeting of the Materials Research Society.
AMD: Fighting the unbeatable foe News & Analysis 12/1/2008 2 comments Advanced Micro Devices pursued rival Intel for years as the two jostled for dominance in the MPU market, but it may be time for AMD to accept its No. 2 position in the sector and distinguish its operations by carefully selecting areas in which to compete.
Mobile devices will beat PC, TV in battle for consumers' time Design How-To 12/1/2008 Post a comment One of the most heated battles for control of people's lives is about to take place, pitting the cell phone, TV, and computer against one another. Although all three have big roles to play, mobile devices will potentially replace TVs and computers as the electronic devices most central to people's lives.
Salary Survey: Notes from a recent engineering graduate Design How-To 12/1/2008 Post a comment Months after graduating with a degree in aviation engineering in the United Kingdom, this young engineer is grappling with the difficult decisions of charting a career and experiencing firsthand both the impact of globalization on the profession and the downturn in the world economy.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.