European bank loans ST $470 million
News & Analysis 9/28/2010 42 comments
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a 350 million euro (about $470 million) loan contract with STMicroelectronics NV in support of the company's industrial and R&D concerning next-generation semiconductor circuits.
Developing a comprehensive approach to infotainment connectivity
Design How-To 9/23/2010 25 comments
As cars become more connected within and with the outside world, their internal connectivity landscape begins to change. Where once the MOST bus was a dominate means of infotainment networking, additional features and functions now call for a broader range of communication technologies.
IBM characterizes single-atom DRAM
News & Analysis 9/23/2010 14 comments
IBM Research described a new pulsed-technique to stimulate and read-out the state of an individual atom for atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers. atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers.
FitBit blends wireless, MCUs and MEMS with online interface
Teardown 9/22/2010 20 comments
The FitBit personal fitness monitor combines wireless, MEMS and cutting-edge algorithms and packaging to keep us in shape, but behind its sleek design are lessons for any designer and aspiring inventor looking to turn what seems to be a simple idea into a truly viable, competitive end product.
Optical antenna said to boost signals
News & Analysis 9/21/2010 7 comments
Rice University researchers have created an optical antenna that boosts signals by up to a million times by exciting plasmons in between a sub-nanoscale electrode gap.
Project maps ARM core variability at 32-nm
News & Analysis 9/21/2010 Post a comment
A European collaborative research project has spent about $5.8 million performing a characterization of an ARM926 core for the statistical variability that is inherent at the 32-nm manufacturing process node.
E-beam: Ecosystem investment grows, but more neede
Blog 9/20/2010 5 comments
Governments, photomask makers and tool vendors are investing in e-beam technology, but more funding is needed to enable e-beam technology to live up to its promise in enabling cheaper and earlier design starts for future technology nodes.
Nanocrystalline alloy improves PRAM
News & Analysis 9/20/2010 4 comments
Binary eutectic-alloy nanostructure offers new phase change memory material that could increase density, lower temperature and speed switching of phase-change random access memory.
Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
News & Analysis 9/17/2010 17 comments
Qualcomm is focused on 5.7-inch diagonal and smaller applications for its Mirasol display right now, even though there is no technical reason why the technology could not address larger applications, according to a company executive.
Microsoft to discuss many-core OS at Intel event
Research 9/16/2010 14 comments
A researcher from Microsoft is due to present an operating system that has been written to cope with the scaling of cores in processor chips, at the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference (Intel-ERIC) being held in Germany Sept. 21 and 22.
How do mirrors work?
Blog 9/14/2010 7 comments
As part of my do-it-yourself Magic Mirror Hobby Project, I've been pondering mirrors in general, and I've come to the startling realization that – at the most fundamental level – I don’t actually know how they work.
ESC Boston: RF highlights
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 9/14/2010 1 comment
If you are in the Boston area next week (Sept 20 to 23, 2010) or already plan on attending the ESC Boston show, here are some highlights that might appeal to RF and microwave engineers
NASA needs you to transfer technologies
News & Analysis 9/9/2010 7 comments
NASA wants to transfer NASA-owned technologies into the U.S. marketplace and is soliciting potential partners to provide no-cost brokerage services for intellectual property transactions, such as patent brokering.
Beam-forming firm secures $3.8 million
News & Analysis 9/9/2010 1 comment
Socowave, a 2008 mobile communications startup with connections to University College Dublin, has announced that it has secured a €3 million (about $3.8 million) series A investment round led by Balderton Capital.
High-value MEMs forecast to have 20% CAGR through 2014
News & Analysis 9/7/2010 1 comment
Revenue for so-called "high-value" MEMS is projected to is projected to grow robustly this year and beyond, thanks to a number of issues ranging from global warming to aging populations, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Silicon photonics uses vapor-filled waveguide
News & Analysis 9/7/2010 4 comments
A new technique harnesses vapor-filled optical waveguides on silicon chips to process data streams encoded on light, sidestepping the sidesteps the current requirement to convert optical signals to electrical signals in applications that detect, buffer, multiplex and store photonic information.
MEMS tackle HVAC/automatic-transmission markets
News & Analysis 9/2/2010 4 comments
MEMS startup Microstaq is pioneering promising new markets, using its micro-valve as a pilot to control the large flows necessary to tackle the lucrative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning markets with MEMS-control of automotive transmissions on the horizon.
IMEC launches cancer lab-on-chip project
Research 9/2/2010 8 comments
European research institute IMEC and its project partners have launched a European collaborative research project to build a lab-on-a-chip for the detection of tumor cells in blood.