Stanford kicks off parallel programming effort News & Analysis 4/30/2008 2 comments Six companies are contributing a total $6 million to kick off a three-year project at Stanford University to explore fresh models for parallel programming, one of three efforts recently funded by a computer industry increasingly concerned software will not be able to keep pace with the evolution of multicore processors.
Surround Sound: Psychoacoustics - Part 2 Design How-To 4/30/2008 1 comment Part 2 of this article examining primary factors that affect multichannel recording and listening - from the book "Surround Sound: Up and Running" - defines "spaciousness" and "envelopment" and examines how we hear non-point-source and diffuse sound sources.
'Missing link' memristor created: Rewrite the textbooks? News & Analysis 4/30/2008 10 comments HP Labs' Stanley Williams has invented the world's first memristor, the 'missing link' in circuit theory--a fourth passive-device type after resistors, capacitors and inductors--as predicted by University of California at Berkeley professor, Leon Chua.
Embedded developers cautious on multicore Design How-To 4/30/2008 3 comments Embedded systems developers will make a slow transition to multicore processors, driven by the need for performance but concerned about difficulty programming the new chips and a lack of software standards, according to a survey taken by Virtutech and Freescale at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose.
GE takes stake in Sofradir's subsidiary News & Analysis 4/30/2008 Post a comment CEA Valorisation, an equity investor for the French Atomy Energy Agency, announced it has divested its stake in Ulis, Sofradir's subsidiary specializing in uncooled infrared detectors for low cost infrared civilian and military imaging equipment, to General Electric (GE). Financial details remained undisclosed.
ASE's sales, profits fall in Q1 News & Analysis 4/30/2008 Post a comment Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest provider of IC packaging and testing services, reported net revenues of NT$24.7 billion ($811.3 million) for the first quarter of 2008, up 17 percent year-over-year and down 15 percent sequentially.
Sony Ericsson project combines Java, Flash Lite for mobiles News & Analysis 4/30/2008 Post a comment Sony Ericsson will demonstrate at next week's JavaOne developers' event in San Francisco its Project Capuchin, which will allow software developers to create applications for mobile phones that can use pieces of both Java ME and Adobe Systems' Flash Lite to create their applications.
Researchers claim photovoltaic cell advance News & Analysis 4/30/2008 Post a comment Scientists at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel claim they have found a way to construct efficient photovoltaic cells costing at least a hundred times less than conventional silicon based devices, and with similar or better energy conversion efficiency.
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.