Open Kernel Labs bought by defense giant News & Analysis 9/28/2012 Post a comment Aerospace and defense conglomerate General Dynamics has acquired Open Kernel Labs, a 2006 startup that has successfully developed "virtualization software" for mobile phones and broadband devices. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed.
X-Fab pledges more money for making MEMS News & Analysis 9/28/2012 2 comments X-Fab Silicon Foundries has said it plans to invest $50 million in its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) operations, which it will operate under the name X-Fab MEMS Foundry.
IBM images molecular bonds News & Analysis 9/13/2012 8 comments IBM researchers say they have imaged individual bonds between carbon molecules, a technique that could prove valuable in crafting new organic materials.
X-Fab MEMS foundry goes 3-D News & Analysis 9/12/2012 4 comments Germany's X-Fab has announced the availability of a MEMS manufacturing process for 3-D inertial sensors. The company claims it is the first open-platform MEMS 3-D inertial sensor process available directly from a high-volume pure-play foundry.
Researchers claim semiconductors grown on graphene News & Analysis 9/10/2012 Post a comment A group of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have patented and are commercializing a technology for growing gallium arsenide nanowires on graphene, a breakthrough that could help pave the way for flexible, self-powered electronics integrated into everything from clothing to notepads.
MicroGen backed by Xtrion News & Analysis 9/6/2012 1 comment Belgian holding company Xtrion, the majority owner of X-Fab Silicon Foundries, led an investment round totaling $2.6 million in U.S. MEMS energy harvest company MicroGen Systems.Gen
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East News & Analysis 9/4/2012 3 comments Come to Boston Sept 17 - 20; get a free show-floor pass or 15% sessions discount to learn the latest in embedded, Android, MEMS, and more.
Printed sensor startup preps pilot line News & Analysis 9/3/2012 1 comment Isorg, a French startup company that can print optoelectronic sensors on plastic and glass surfaces to create novel forms of detection, gesture control and image sensing, has completed the construction of its pilot manufacturing line.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times