Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
ST uses Omron MEMS microphone in multi-die package News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has started selling MEMS microphones that use sensor technology from Omron Corp. and has asserted that this will improve the sound quality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness for voice applications in cell phones, wireless devices and games.
Improving battery life with ultra low-power codecs Design How-To 11/24/2009 Post a comment Mobile device manufacturers are being challenged to develop rich audio solutions while striving for longer battery life. They are also being forced to reduce development time to be the first to market. Using low-power codecs can help resolve these issues.
iPhone heals, iPhone smells Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 11/24/2009 Post a comment Apple's iPhone is being applied to more diverse applications that one could have imagined when it first came on the scene.
IDT divests micro networks unit News & Analysis 11/23/2009 Post a comment Continuing to restructure its operations, Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT) has signed an agreement to divest its micro networks business to Spectrum Control Inc. for approximately $13 million.
Mobile User Interfaces 101--A Tutorial Design How-To 11/23/2009 Post a comment This article covers key components and approaches when building successful mobile device UIs, today and in the years ahead. Even though the focus is mainly mobile phones, most of the underlying mechanisms remain the same for any embedded system with a display and graphical user interface (i.e. automotive, consumer electronics, etc.), although at different maturity levels.
Qualcomm's MEMS display gains e-reader design win News & Analysis 11/23/2009 Post a comment Qualcomm Corp. has shown off a 5.3-inch full-color non-volatile MEMS-based display and claims a slightly larger version, with a 5.7-inch diagonal size, will be found in an e-reader product to deploy in fall 2010. The display features 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution and around 220 pixels per inch.
Magic microphone: All smoke, no mirrors Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 11/19/2009 1 comment To get around the dynamic range issues of current microphone pickups, Schwartz Engineering and Design has devised a laser-based pickup that detects voice-induced 'distortions' in a flowing stream of smoke and that then relies on proprietary digital signal processing to translate those distortions into audio. And it works!
Startup formed to print animated graphics Product News 11/17/2009 Post a comment Computer animations on CD and DVD packages, sales packaging or even on the tarpaulin of a truck can soon be reality: Startup company Lumoza (Hasselt, Belgium) has developed a technology to print electronic displays on a large variety of surfaces including plastic foil, paper or cardboard.
IBM biochip allows fast diagnosis of many diseases Product News 11/17/2009 Post a comment In its Zurich research laboratory, IBM has built what it calls a point-of-care diagnostic test device based on a silicon chip. One chip detects up to 16 pathogens and it does so faster and requiring less material than conventional labs-on-a-chip.
L & T announces mobile TV solution based on DVB-H on TI's OMAP News & Analysis 11/17/2009 Post a comment L&T Infotech has announced its DVB-H-based mobile TV solution based on the TI OMAP3530 reference platform.
The solution includes a DVB Tuner and the mobile TV software stack is OS-independent, easy to integrate with middleware components, and offers a set of APIs for making custom applications.
Supercap material company gets grant and CEO News & Analysis 11/16/2009 Post a comment Y-Carbon Inc., a nanomaterials company founded in 2004, working on nanoporous carbon, has announced that it has been awarded research funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense under the SBIR grant program.
AMD, Asian packager license Irish micro-cooler News & Analysis 11/16/2009 Post a comment Researchers at the Stokes Institute in the University of Limerick have announced two licensing agreements that could see 'micro-cooler' technology used in computers and mobile phones; with AMD and Asian Vital Components.
Qualcomm sampling 1-GHz smartphone chipsets News & Analysis 11/12/2009 2 comments Qualcomm said it is sampling a new smartphone chipset family that emphasizes multimedia capabilities and boasts performance of up to 1 GHz. The company also announced sampling of its first chipsets supporting dual-carrier HSPA+ and multi-mode 3G/LTE.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ 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.