Reports: Samsung to pay retirees with cancer News & Analysis 8/31/2011 9 comments Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said it will provide up to ten years support costs for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing workers if they are diagnosed with cancer within three years of retiring from the company. This is according to Korean news reports that referenced unnamed Samsung officials.
Cisco, VMware team on network virtualization News & Analysis 8/31/2011 2 comments Cisco Systems and VMware said they have expanded their strategic relationship to create new technology for network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple datacenters and cloud environments.
Measuring leakage current in RF power transistors Design How-To 8/29/2011 5 comments Around the globe, engineers and technicians using RF power devices have had many concerns regarding the specifications for leakage current, what the specifications mean in terms of the part’s performance in the field, and most importantly, how to properly test/verify that a given part is meeting its printed leakage current specification…
Ten tips for debugging MCUs Design How-To 8/25/2011 2 comments With increasing complexity of microcontrollers and circuits, debugging is becoming increasingly important. But which diagnosis and debug functions are really needed and what is unnecessary?
IBM demos cognitive computer chips News & Analysis 8/18/2011 28 comments IBM demonstrated proof-of-concept cognitive computing chips that replicate the functions of neurons and synapses in the brain with digital integrators and crossbar switches.
NIST hawks microwave-based quantum computers News & Analysis 8/12/2011 3 comments The National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a microwave technique for performing quantum entanglement, opening the door for inexpensive quantum computers to perform what so far only been possible with expensive lasers.
Viewpoint: Don't believe the hype News & Analysis 8/12/2011 6 comments The $4.5 billion Nortel patent sale, which has lead to a flurry of commentary about a bubble in patent valuation, was an outlier, not a trend. Here's why.
American Superconductor to cut 30% of jobs News & Analysis 8/11/2011 Post a comment Energy technology firm American Superconductor said it plans to reduce its global workforce by about 150—roughly 30 percent of its workforce—to better align the company's costs with anticipated revenue.
New architecture promises better batteries News & Analysis 8/11/2011 23 comments A change in architecture is promising to close the gap between semiconductor technology and battery technology, which has traditionally lagged behind semiconductors due to its dependence on unchangeable chemical reactions.
Social media blamed as UK youths riot News & Analysis 8/9/2011 35 comments Serious public disorder has broken out in several major cities of the United Kingdom with gangs of youths looting shops and attacking the police where they meet resistance, according to reports.
Broadcom, Nordic Semi team on Bluetooth LE News & Analysis 8/9/2011 3 comments RF chip vendor Nordic Semiconductor announced successful wireless communication tests between a prototype design for a small, low-cost Bluetooth low energy proximity tag and Broadcom's BCM4330, the first combo chip certified compliant with the Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Battery anode startup raises $65 million News & Analysis 8/4/2011 6 comments Nexeon Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a company formed in 2005 to commercialize battery research conducted at Imperial College in London, has received an investment of £40 million (about $65 million) to help it pioneer the use of silicon anodes in place of carbon anodes in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Nanocircuits that adhere to any substrate News & Analysis 8/1/2011 6 comments Researchers at Stanford University recently demonstrated a novel wafer-scale lift-off process for fabricating nanowire-based circuits on reusable silicon wafers, then transferring them to any substrate in any shape.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 21 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...