Dopant-free transistor could boost printable electronics
Product News 9/30/2009 Post a comment
Researchers from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NamLab) based in Dresden (Germany) have created an electronic device that goes without dopants. The device gets its switching characteristics by means of electric fields. With its high electron mobility, it could eventually be used in printable electronics.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
News & Analysis 9/30/2009 Post a comment
The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Future robotics technology
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/29/2009 Post a comment
One thing that I was asked to do for the "Dissecting the Bot" article was make some predictions on what future robotics technology will look like. I have my thoughts, what are yours?
Magnetic superpower on the rise
News & Analysis 9/29/2009 1 comment
At the 10th Cambridge Enterprise Conference, at the end of September, a number of startups showed up to exhibit what could be the next wave of technology to penetrate our everyday lives. Magnifye Ltd was one of them.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Virage rolls new interface IP products
Product News 9/29/2009 Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor Virage Logic announced new interface IP products to join its SiPro product line, the group of products that have sprung from the company's January licensing agreement with AMD.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Implementing cost-effective gigabit serial links over cable
Design How-To 9/28/2009 Post a comment
New technologies are readily found in integrated circuit devices such as gigabit serdes (Serializer/De-Serializers) that make implementing cable and backplane-based serial links much easier for the system designer. These advances in semiconductor technology are enabling systems designers to cost-effectively implement gigabit serial links.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arasan adds IEEE 1588 PTP support to Ethernet IP Core
Product News 9/28/2009 Post a comment
Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has integrated support for IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) into its Ethernet IP core. Mission critical environments such as factory automation systems, networking environments, manufacturing, test and measurement systems rely on IEEE 1588 to maintain precise timing synchronization in order to execute activities in real-time.
Liquavista takes $3.7 million loan from Dutch government
News & Analysis 9/28/2009 Post a comment
Electrowetting display pioneer Liquavista BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands has received a 2.5 million euro (about $3.7 million) innovation loan from SenterNovem, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The money is intended to accelerate the development of Liquavista's range of eReader display technologies.
Standards bodies seek common ground for powerline nets
News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment
A senior director of DS2, the Valencia, Spain based specialist in silicon for broadband power line gear, has warned of confusion and frustration in the industry and amongst consumers if forthcoming votes on a standard for the technology fail to resolve the problem of a fragmented powerline networking industry.
How to make your next design succeed by really mattering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/24/2009 1 comment
Would anyone shed a tear if your company went away tomorrow? If not, then you've made the mistake of not fully leveraging the power of good design to get you and your product to the point where you actually matter to anyone, according to Robert Brunner, an industrial designer of such product lines as the Apple II, Macintosh, Newton and PowerBook. But there's an answer.
Update: Intel debuts optical link for PCs
News & Analysis 9/23/2009 2 comments
Intel Corp. wants to consolidate all the wired connections on your PC to a single 10 Gbit/second optical cable it calls Light Peak that it plans to support in silicon sometime next year working with Sony Corp.'s Viao group and other unnamed partners.
Melexis keeps cutting jobs as it raises guidance
News & Analysis 9/23/2009 Post a comment
Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium), a supplier of automotive ICs and subsystems, has said it now expects 2009 sales to be towards the top of the range given in July, of between 118 million euro (about $175 million) and 123 million euro (about $182 million). Nonetheless the company has announced job cuts at a newly-opened facility in Erfurt, Germany.
AT&T to unleash femtocell for 3G
News & Analysis 9/22/2009 1 comment
AT&T's long-awaited entry into the femtocells market is believed to rely on home basestations supplied by ip.access (Cambridge, England), powered by silicon from picoChip (Bath, England) and Cisco acting as systems integrator.
40Gb Ethernet set to be major feature at ECOC
Product News 9/21/2009 Post a comment
40GbE transceivers and other parts, including testers, are set to be a major talking point at both the exhibitor stands and conferences at this week's European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Vienna, Austria.
Where's the money in medical design? Join the conversation
News & Analysis 9/21/2009 4 comments
Between government stimulus packages, an aging population, exploding healthcare costs and increasing need for better remote diagnostics, it's understandable that engineers looking for the next big opportunity would look up and cry: "Thars gold in them thar [medical] hills." But not so fast.
Fate and Opportunity in EDA
Blog 9/18/2009 Post a comment
Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland has appointed Carsten Elgert as its Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Elgert was with Mentor Graphics European division.
Graphene mixes it up with GaAs
News & Analysis 9/17/2009 Post a comment
Pure carbon atoms based on depositing graphene on gallium arsenide wafers could yield the next generation of high performance semiconductors, according to German researchers.
Altair offers LTE RF transceiver
Product News 9/16/2009 Post a comment
Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a developer of 4G semiconductors for handheld devices, has announced the availability of its LTE RF transceiver, the FourGee-6150.
Design chiefs weigh in on SoC options
News & Analysis 9/16/2009 Post a comment
The ASIC versus FPGA debut took an interesting turn Wednesday (Sept. 16), as high-ranking executives from two design tool firms offered dueling keynote address on the virtues of and challenges facing FPGA-based and ASICs-based system-on-chip (SoCs) designs.