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.