Is Wireless HD finally 'Coming of Age?" Blog 1/31/2008 Post a comment With developments in TV technology, an area that is finally beginning to come into its own is wireless HD. In the past companies like JVC and others have tried to offer wireless displays, but encountered hurdles. Well, it now seems that with advances like 802.11n and other transmission schemes from SiBEAM that wireless HD will finally find its way to consumer homes in 2008 and beyond.
Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
IC startup targets GPS location with cameras Product News 1/24/2008 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor startup Air Semiconductor (Swindon, England) has started discussions with several digital camera makers about integrating its first chip into models to give the cameras continuous GPS based location capabilities. Engineering samples of the Airwave-1 chip are scheduled for the summer.
Astrium signs to build Mercury probe News & Analysis 1/21/2008 Post a comment A European group led by Astrium is set to build the Mercury probe BepiColombo on behalf of the European Space Agency, ESA. The Euros 350.9 million contract calls for the probe to begin its journey to Mercury in 2013.
Gartner, IDC see strong '07 for PC shipments News & Analysis 1/17/2008 Post a comment Worldwide PC shipments increased by 13.4 percent last year to reach 271.2 million units according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The industry ended the year with fourth quarter PC shipments of 75.9 million units, a 13.1 percent increase from the 67.1 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Smart fabric specialist bought from administrator News & Analysis 1/10/2008 Post a comment Peratech Limited (Richmond, Yorkshire, England) has bought, for an undisclosed sum, the assets of Eleksen from Deloittes, the accountancy group that was appointed administrator of the developer of electrically conductive sensor fabrics in October 2007.
Famous photonics names set to disappear News & Analysis 1/9/2008 Post a comment Some famous global names in the optoelectronics and photonics sectors are set to disappear later this month when Gooch & Housego plc (Ilminster, England) celebrates its 60th anniversary with a major integration of its various component operating companies.
Virtual tool launched for EMI shielding design News & Analysis 1/9/2008 Post a comment Antenna and EMI shielding device specialist Laird Technologies has made available a web-based tool for fabric-over-foam EMI-shielding gaskets that allows engineers to configure, view and download 2D drawings and 3D models directly into their designs in all conventional CAD formats.
DisplayPort ready to ramp in PCs, monitors News & Analysis 1/9/2008 Post a comment DisplayPort backers projected a complete picture of an interconnect standard ready to ramp at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing working chips and systems from multiple companies and a road map into the next year, indicating the specification has crossed the chasm from idea to product.
NXP catches SlingCatcher set top box Product News 1/7/2008 Post a comment Sling Media, the company behind the SlingBox that allows users to access their television programs, music, and pictures from their laptops when on the move, is using NXP Semiconductors' set top box chip set to power its follow-up device, the SlingCatcher, that is being demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mirics extends broadcast tuner range News & Analysis 1/7/2008 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor startup Mirics Semiconductor (Fleet, England) has started sampling the second device in its planned line-up of reconfigurable RF devices for terrestrial broadcast reception.
Audio networking platform offers complete solution Product News 1/7/2008 Post a comment The JukeBlox audio networking platform from BridgeCo combines an ARM9-based processor, Linux-based middleware, SDK and reference design to provide a complete solution for connecting audio systems to home networks, the Internet, and portables.
Miniprojector startup expands U.S. operations News & Analysis 1/7/2008 Post a comment Light Blue Optics (Cambridge, England), the company that has developed and patented holographic laser projection technology for miniature display projection systems, is continuing to expand its U.S. operations.
Reciva, Marvell team for Internet radio Product News 1/7/2008 Post a comment Internet radio specialist Reciva Ltd (Cambridge, England) has teamed with wireless chip developer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) for a joint platform for Internet radio receivers and networked devices.
IPWireless name fades as NextWave restructures News & Analysis 1/4/2008 Post a comment The IPWireless name is to disappear as new owner NextWave Wireless Inc. reorganizes and the specialist developer of mobile broadband and mobile TV technologies is assimilated into a separate division dubbed NextWave Network Products.
Silicon Line raises funds in Series A round News & Analysis 1/2/2008 Post a comment Silicon Line GmbH (Munich, Germany), a fabless chip company focusing on ultra low power analog ICs, has has secured initial funding in a Series A round led by Belgium-based Capital-E and Germany-based Munich Venture Partners.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.