Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
Will proteins revolutionize computing? News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment A living protein found in every cell of the human body could become a self-assembler of future information processing systems that are smaller, faster and cheaper than the inorganic computer circuitry we use today.
Group breaks logjam over smart meter standard News & Analysis 5/27/2010 1 comment Developers have agreed on a process to define by the end of the year a "seed" standard describing how to present data to devices that monitor smart electric grids, breaking a logjam that has drawn attention from Obama Administration officials and others trying to drive the move to a digital networked grid.
Two ways to learn and share ideas Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/26/2010 Post a comment Check out MEMS symposium at The Sensors Expo on June 7th in Rosemont, IL. Also, here's an opportunity to show and tell your team's industrial control projects.
5 reasons why Samsung scares Japan News & Analysis 5/26/2010 18 comments Here are the five reasons why the Japanese are losing confidence against Samsung -- and why they’re feeling whipped by their erstwhile whipping boy, Korea.
Dell taps Android, Snapdragon for mini tablet News & Analysis 5/26/2010 3 comments On the same day Dell Inc. announced an ARM/Linux tablet, a panel of mobile experts—including a designer of the Dell device—suggested alternative platforms for tablets and netbooks are on a road of slow but steady growth.
Despite challenges, heady growth seen for 3-D TV News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Despite making them available for the first time in March, television manufacturers are expected to ship some 4.2 million 3-D TVs in 2010, thanks to increasing traction and acceptance from enthusiastic early adopters, according to market research firm iSuppli. The firm projects until 3-D TV shipments will triple in 2011, reaching more than 12.9 million, before doubling to 27.4 million in 2012.
Researchers cast graphene into quantum dots News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Rice University researchers propose a technique for creating quantum dots with graphene semiconductors, potentially enabling single-molecule sensors, ultra small transistors and on-chip communications with semiconductor lasers.
Survey reveals EUV to be used for making chips in 2014 News & Analysis 5/25/2010 2 comments A survey of more than 130 attendees at the Sematech Litho Forum recently held here resulted in few surprises, reflecting the general trend in continuing lithography's current course as the best way to manufacture next-generation chips.
Intel rolls mobile CPUs for ultrathin notebooks Product News 5/24/2010 1 comment Intel Corp. announced Core 2010 notebook processors geared to create a new class of ultra-thin, ultralow power portables expected to power as many as 40 systems designs less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds.
Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO News & Analysis 5/24/2010 Post a comment Processors for mobile clients are going to have to take on many of the functions associated with networking infrastructure, according to Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM. This will be part of an explosion of processing requirements for wirelessly-connected devices that will require multiple application-specific processors to keep power consumption down, he added.
An introduction to networking Design How-To 5/24/2010 Post a comment Here's Part I of Chapter 2, Introduction to Networking, an excerpt from µC/TCP-IP: The Embedded Protocol Stack by Christian Legare of Micrium. This chapter segment provides a quick introduction to networking protocols and then moves rapidly to a discussion on TCP/IP over Ethernet.
Freescale rolls microcontrollers for smart meters Product News 5/24/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductors has rounded out its line of integrated microcontrollers targeted at use in smart utility meters with two new families targeting low and mid-range meters but communications modules remain separate given the fragmented state of that market.
An overview of the LTE physical layer--Part I Design How-To 5/24/2010 Post a comment This article presents an overview of the LTE physical layer with a focus on essential aspects of the physical layer for FDD mode, which is the dominant mode of operation. Here is useful introduction to practitioners involved in designing LTE based-networks and systems. Part I looks at multiple access techniques and physical layer parameters.
New tube: Interview with GoogleTV's top engineer News & Analysis 5/21/2010 7 comments A day after the announcement, we spoke with Vincent Dureau, the engineer behind GoogleTV about the genesis and outlook of the project, its technical specs and why he doesn't see it as a problem that GoogleTV does not have any cable-TV partners yet.
Debugging SuperSpeed USB software using virtual prototypes Design How-To 5/21/2010 Post a comment This white paper describes how virtual prototype use models for hardware/software verification and the integration of the LeCroy analyzer software into Synopsys' DesignWare SuperSpeed USB verification environments help solve SuperSpeed USB IP development challenges.
Cable, MIPS missing in GoogleTV picture News & Analysis 5/20/2010 7 comments Two big pieces were missing when Google rolled out its picture of the future of integrated Web and TV services at Google I/O—cable TV providers who deliver most of the broadcast content and MIPS Technologies that powers many of the sets.
Coming this fall: GoogleTV on Intel-powered Sony TVs News & Analysis 5/20/2010 10 comments Google officially rolled out its GoogleTV initiative at its annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco, promising its designs for set-top boxes and related software and services will reshape television by integrating the Web and TV.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec Product News 5/19/2010 1 comment A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
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.