Motorola swings to Q3 profit on cost cutting News & Analysis 10/29/2009 Post a comment Motorola Inc. fought its way back into black territory in the third quarter by sharply reducing costs throughout its operations although sales continues to fall and the company yielded market share in the mobile handset segment.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz News & Analysis 10/29/2009 6 comments The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
SiRFstarIV modules deliver enhanced GPS receiver capability Product News 10/27/2009 1 comment The first modules, from Vincotech, based on the latest SiRFstarIV technology integrated into the GSD4e chip from CSR open the door for enhanced GPS receiver capability across a broad range of customer applications, including telematics, commercial and consumer mobile devices, providing a significantly improved level of performance.
Tilera announces plan for 100-core processors Product News 10/26/2009 3 comments Tilera Corp. will announced plans for a 100-core embedded processors at the Many-Core Virtual Conference this week where system maker Top Layer networks will discuss its use of Tilera's architecture.
Robot tests visual prothesis designs News & Analysis 10/23/2009 Post a comment A new mobile robot promises to aid developers of artificial retinas and other visual prosthetics by testing the endless variations of video filters proposed to improve their effectiveness.
Research project aims at autonomous passenger cars News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment Autonomous driving cars is a solved problem projects such as the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges have shown proof. A European research project targets beyond: It will enable cars to organize themselves in "trains", driving largely autonomously behind a lead vehicle on motorways.
Superconducting element detects explosives Product News 10/21/2009 2 comments Air passengers find it annoying, experts claim it is indispensible for flight safety: Entrainment of liquids and gels on board of airplanes is subject to tight restrictions. The Juelich Research Center (Juelich, Germany) has developed a promising technology to reliably discriminate explosives from harmless liquids.
Memscap reduces loss in Q3 News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment Memscap SA, French provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), published consolidated revenues of 2.4 million euros ($3.58 million) for the third quarter of financial year 2009, ending Sept. 30, 2009. This compares to revenues of 2.2 million euros ($3.29 million) for the second quarter and 4.1 million euros ($6.13 million) for the third quarter of 2008.
NXP offers power chip for CFLs Product News 10/21/2009 1 comment NXP Semiconductors has introduced a 600 V power IC that can drive and control dimmable CFL applications up to 21 W, and features 3 integrated switches.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
E Ink to use Freescale SoC News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Seeking to attract more electronic book and newspaper customers, Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with E-Ink Corp. on a new SoC that integrates Freescale's microcontroller with a display driver.
Duo partner for wireless ECG patch News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Research group IMEC and Terepac Corp. (Waterloo, Canada) are joining forces to develop a wireless ECG system within the Human++ Program at IMEC's Holst Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Comment: Waiting for Plastic Logic's e-reader News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Plastic Logic clearly believes the more you read about its upcoming e-reader, the more you will want, even need it.
It has been revealing details about its device and the technology behind it for several years now, and this week, has given it a name " the Que 'proReader'.
Silicon Saxony grows beyond silicon News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Infineon, Globalfoundries, and, until recently, Qimonda these large chip vendors have shaped the image of the 'Silicon Saxony' area around Dresden as one of Europe's largest electronics innovation clusters. But there is more than silicon in Saxony: A number of renown R&D institutes and high-tech universities forms a fertile soil for a vivid start-up scene. A travelogue.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
IEDM offers most recent research nuggets News & Analysis 10/15/2009 Post a comment Research in semiconductor technology will be featured at the 55th International Electron Devices Meeting and two trends stand out: challenges for creating ever-decreasing feature sizes in next-generation processing nodes and integration of application-specific devices.
Electric motor efficiency depends upon power factor - Part 1 Design How-To 10/13/2009 2 comments Electric motor power efficiency has taken center stage. Individuals, corporations, and governments are increasingly interested in saving power, and we now have the technology that can make it possible. Advances in motor control algorithms and cost-effective electronic components for implementing motor drives are creating a revolution in virtually every electric motor market and this article from Actel shows you how to design with this in consideration.
Multimode wireless devices: It's the software, stupid! Design How-To 10/13/2009 2 comments The advent of parallel processing architectures is a big step toward realizing seamless, intelligent connectivity among 3G and 4G wireless standards, but the potential show stopper is the software. Thankfully, some companies are making progress when it comes to enabling hardware and software to work together in harmony.