NXP, IBM praise Dutch road-pricing trial News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment A road pricing trial conducted in the Netherlands by NXP and IBM working on behalf of the Dutch government has been proclaimed a success in that it reduced traffic congestion and decreased kilometers driven and carbon dioxide emissions.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012 News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/23/2010 Post a comment Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
PLX fires up 8 GHz PCI Express chip News & Analysis 2/17/2010 Post a comment PLX Technology, Inc. announced it has working PCI Express Gen 3 silicon that it will demo to key customers before the end of March and aims to sample a range of PCIe Gen 3 switches made in 40nm process technology before the end of the year, starting with server and storage switches sampling before July.
ZeroG chief executive joins GainSpan News & Analysis 2/17/2010 Post a comment Greg Winner has been named chief executive of embedded Wi-Fi chip startup GainSpan Corp., fresh from closing a deal in January to sell its competitor startup ZeroG to Microchip Technology Inc.
Foxconn, Samsung, UMC invest in autofocus optical startup News & Analysis 2/12/2010 Post a comment LensVector Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.), a startup founded in 2006 to commercialize optical technology that can shape, steer and focus light without mechanical movement, has announced that Foxconn Technology Group and UMC have joined Samsung as investors in the company's $30 million Series C financing round.
Teardown: Falling costs to make femtocells soar in 2010 Design How-To 2/12/2010 2 comments As chip, software and system vendors gather to regale carriers at next week's Mobile World Conference, falling costs and proven viability will give many the courage to declare 2010 the year of the femtocell, and quietly, eagerly, put 2009 behind them.
Engineers explore life beyond 10 Gbit links News & Analysis 2/8/2010 1 comment Electronics engineers are bumping up against the limits of their tools and techniques—and perhaps even physics--to keep pace with the rapidly expanding needs of an Internet-driven society as they coalesce around a move to 25 Gbit/second chips and ponder what comes next.
2010 First robots competition takes off News & Analysis 2/4/2010 Post a comment The latest kit for the First robots competition has been gifted from Cypress Semiconductor Corp., part of the company's over 1,900 customized kits already provided to First for use in building competitive robots.
Case study: Collaboration changes in agile workspaces Design How-To 2/1/2010 Post a comment High-performing collaborative spaces are composed from persistent everyday objects and may include any combination of large-scale wireless displays, sensor-augmented building blocks (walls, floors), USB-enabled components (tables, shelves, carts), and computing devices.
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