ADI buys 'smart-grid' firm News & Analysis 2/25/2009 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) has acquired power-line communications technology from Domosys Corp., a company based in Quebec City, Canada.
Sales up but losses widen at ARC News & Analysis 2/25/2009 Post a comment ARC international (St Albans, England) increased revenues by 18 percent to £17 million for the year ended December 2008, with revenues from royalties steaming ahead by 61 percent to £7.9 million compared with the previous year. Licensing revenues, however, were flat at £7.3 million as the company cautioned that uncertainty in the semiconductor industry might affect the timing of new licence revenues and royalty volumes this year.
Innovation in a squeeze, says entrepreneur News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment An increasingly risk averse climate—even in Silicon Valley—and an overburdened and poorly managed patent system are threatening innovation in electronics, according to Steve Perlman, a serial entrepreneur and one of many speakers at the upcoming Intellectual Property Symposium.
Microsoft debuts cloud R&D team News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment At its annual TechFest event, Microsoft Research will formally debut a new cloud computing R&D team that aims to raise the ease of use and lower the cost and power consumption of applications hosted by large data centers.
Different ways to present data Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 2/24/2009 Post a comment Here's an amazingly cool website that shows a wealth of different ways in which data can be graphically presented for maximum effect.
Robot theme park to break ground Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/24/2009 1 comment Robot Land, a robot theme park housing entertainment, education and corporate facilities expects to be open to the public by 2013.
HomePlug SoC set to debut at CeBIT News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment SPiDCOM Technologies, a fabless chip group focusing on ICs and Linux-based software bundles for broadband access and home networks, is set to unveil its next generation HomePlug AV SoC at CeBIT, in Hannover, which kicks off March 3rd.
Sinking stocks complicate high-tech recovery News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment Many high-tech stocks have fallen by as much as 80 percent to 90 percent in the last 12 months, crushing their market value and potentially complicating recovery efforts by these companies, some of which may need to tap the investment markets for funds as cash hoards become depleted.
Analysis: Japan's electronics giants face inevitable breakup News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment In order to survive what's now being billed as the worst global economic depression in decades, Japan's Big-5 high-tech companies will have to accelerate their reorganization efforts and merge, shutter or spin off non-profitable semiconductor, hard disk drive and system LSI businesses.
Top seven challenges for EUV litho News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment During a presentation, Takaharu Miura, general manager for the 2nd Development Department Headquarters for Nikon Corp. (Tokyo), listed the top seven challenges for EUV:
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