DAC votes for power management Power DesignLine Blog 7/1/2009 Post a comment Power management is being taken seriously by the design automation community. Design Automation Conference organizers have released the votes, and "Power Scavenging: Waste Not, Want Not" won as DAC's first "community-driven" DAC Pavilion panel.
Oracle taps investors for $4.5B to fund acquisitions News & Analysis 7/1/2009 Post a comment Oracle Corp. is set to sell corporate bonds worth $4.5 billion to investors as the software vendor moves to shore up its cash position following several huge acquisitions, including the pending $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc.
Siemens sprays organic photodiodes News & Analysis 7/1/2009 Post a comment Researchers from Siemens Corporate Technology (CT) have developed a cost-effective production process for organic large-area photo diodes: Instead of the usual method of casting or doctor blading, they succeeded in spraying the material.
Via Licensing signals progress with NFC patent pool News & Analysis 7/1/2009 Post a comment The formation of a patent pool for technologies related to near field communications (NFC) is gathering steam with one of the major players in the field, Via Licensing Corporation, signing up Motorola Inc. for its joint licensing program.
New family of LED drivers support small LCD screens Product News 7/1/2009 Post a comment Diodes Incorporated has introduced a family of three new LED drivers that provide a cost-effective and small form factor solution for small LCD screens used across a wide range of portable consumer electronics, such as portable media players, personal navigation devices and digital photo frames.
IC market 'surge' at hand, says analyst News & Analysis 7/1/2009 Post a comment The second half of 2009 will bring welcome relief to the semiconductor and capital equipment industries, according to market research firm IC Insights, which is predicting strong seasonal strength for electronic system sales, worldwide gross domestic product growth and continuation of an IC inventory replenishment trend that began in the second quarter.
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