Acal results hit by component industry downturn News & Analysis 11/29/2007 Post a comment Electronic components and parts services group Acal plc has been held back in the first part of its financial year ended September 2007 due to tough market conditions, with revenues at £77.6 million from on-going activities 1.8 percent lower than for the corresponding period last year.
Home nets chip group raises $20 million in Round B News & Analysis 11/27/2007 Post a comment Home networking chip startup Gigle Semiconductor has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The round was led by new investor Scottish Equity Partners, with existing investors Accel Partners and Pond Venture Partners also participating.
Rambus shows path to terabyte memories News & Analysis 11/26/2007 Post a comment At its developer conference in Japan, Rambus Inc. is expected to demonstrate technologies that could enable links to memory chips delivering at up to a terabyte/second, showing a potentially lower cost alternative to 3D chip stacking.
Go ahead given for European "super-satellite" News & Analysis 11/26/2007 Post a comment Satellite operator Inmarsat and the European Space Agency have given the go-ahead for a Euros 260 million project to build another satellite for broadband access. Engineers at Astrium (Stevenage, England) will design and build the Alphasat payload that will be able to handle more than 750 channels in the L band.
Vision-Eye H.264 video security package Product News 11/9/2007 Post a comment The Vision-Eye Video Server Package (DS-4000HCI-VSP) bundles the DS-4000HCI H.264 PCI encoders with the new Video Server Software (VSS), which includes PC-DVR function; flexible event management; video over HTTP; pan, tilt and zoom; remote control; streaming of JPEG and much more.
ON Semi buys PC component lines from ADI News & Analysis 11/9/2007 Post a comment ON Semiconductor Corporation is buying, for $185 million in cash, Analog Devices Inc's voltage regulation and thermal monitoring product lines. As part of the deal, ON also gests access to some of the IP related to the business, and will enter into a one-year manufacturing supply arrangement.
Plasma process protects against water ingress News & Analysis 11/7/2007 Post a comment P2i Ltd, a start up established in 2004 to commercialize liquid repellent treatments developed by researchers at the U.K. Ministry of Defence, is touting the technology as the latest weapon for electronics companies to prevent moisture ingress from high humidity, rain or accidental immersion in water.
CSR set to slash Internet radio design costs Product News 11/6/2007 Post a comment Wireless chip specialist CSR (Cambridge, England) is readying a Wi-Fi internet radio reference design that it says has an electronics Bill of Materials of just $15 in volume and thus changes the economics of designing products for internet radio reception.
Only 11 vehicles make it through to Urban Challenge finals News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment A disappointing eleven teams made it through to the finals of DARPA's Urban Challenge after the original 35 competitors spent the past week showing off their autonomous vehicles at a retired Air Force Base in Victorville, California. The original plan was to have 20 teams in the final.
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