ESC: Bioengineer calls for personal health devices Blog 4/28/2010 2 comments A growing set of nano-scale devices are emerging from the lab that someday will power handheld devices that can provide custom health care advice by marrying novel bioengineering components with existing computer and consumer technologies, said Luke P. Lee, professor of bioengineering at a talk at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Netronome debuts cards, system for packet processing Product News 4/26/2010 Post a comment Netronome will debut at the Multicore Expo two PCI Express Gen2 adapter cards and a chassis-based system using its 40-core network processor announced late last year at a time when rival Cavium Networks is expected to announce a 32-core device.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic? Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
ST VP to head micro-nanotechnology cluster News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment Loic Lietar, corporate vice president of STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), has been appointed president of Grenoble-based Minalogic applications cluster for micro-nanotechnology and embedded systems.
Liquavista raises $9.5 million for e-reader push News & Analysis 4/14/2010 Post a comment Liquavista BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has announced that it has closed a Series D round of funding of 7 million euros (about $9.5 million). The company said the money would be used to accelerate the commercialization of its electrowetting display technology and its appearance in products in 2011.
Plastic Logic, Merck to deploy novel organics News & Analysis 4/13/2010 1 comment Chemicals giant Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, Germany), the developer of the Que e-reader, have announced plans to develop, test and commercialize novel lisicon-type organic semiconductors from Merck in Plastic Logic's displays.
Computer storage firm files for $55 million IPO News & Analysis 4/6/2010 Post a comment With a number of successful IPOs held in the recent past, including that of MaxLinear Corp. (Carlsbad, Calif.), Nexsan Technologies Inc. (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is the latest company to try and join the rush to the watering hole the public markets.
Startup offers maskless litho for PCB production News & Analysis 4/6/2010 1 comment Maskless Lithography Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a 2005 startup led by a group of electronics industry veterans, is offering a direct-write digital imaging technology for printed circuit board (PCB) production.
Telecom providers hungry for 100G, but price averse News & Analysis 4/6/2010 1 comment Big telecommunications providers are hungry for higher density systems, but they are concerned about the high costs of the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems coming this year and the need to transition to IPv6, according to an NTT chief technologist who shared details of a recent evaluation of core routers.
BOARDS - Curtiss-Wright expands memory on ruggedized buffer memory card to 8G News & Analysis 4/2/2010 Post a comment Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has doubled the memory from 4G to 8G on the MM-6171, its high-density, high-speed DDR2 SDRAM Buffer Memory XMC card. The rugged, small form factor mezzanine module, available in air- and conduction-cooled variants, supports the latest high-speed serial fabrics - such as PCI Express (PCIe) and Serial RapidIO (SRIO) - to deliver higher bi-directional bandwidths than available with earlier PMC card designs.
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