China taps Nvidia for world's second biggest computer News & Analysis 5/31/2010 1 comment Using Intel and Nvidia processors, a Chinese computer maker has installed in Shenzhen what experts say theoretically is the fastest supercomputer in the world, an indication both of the rise of China and of graphics processors as a growing ingredient in high-performance but relatively low power systems.
Foxconn to raise workers' wages by 20%, says FT News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which trades as Foxconn and makes electronic products for high profile brands such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Sony, is planning to raise the wages of its Chinese workers by about 20 percent, according to a Financial Times report.
Cisco tunes router, switch for smart grid News & Analysis 5/25/2010 Post a comment Cisco Systems has rolled out its first router and switch designed for the needs of electric utility substations, the first of a broad set of offerings expected from a business group set up late last year to extend Internet Protocol networks to the emerging smart grid.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million News & Analysis 5/13/2010 4 comments EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod News & Analysis 5/13/2010 Post a comment HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
Reactions mixed to home mesh networking effort News & Analysis 5/12/2010 1 comment Reactions to plans to create a mesh standard for home networks have been mixed as backers praise the effort as the future of whole home coverage, competitors from the Zigbee Alliance critique it as a late comer, those with who have worked on other wireless mesh standards indicate it won't be easy -- and some still haven't heard about it.
Plastic Logic blames e-reader delay on process changes News & Analysis 5/11/2010 Post a comment A delay to the launch of the Que e-reader from Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, Germany) was blamed on recent changes in the manufacturing process, by Achim Neu, director of SCM at Plastic Logic. Meanwhile, progress to a full-color Plastic Logic display i set to take a couple of years, despite the fact that the company has a color prototype working in its Cambridge R&D center.
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors News & Analysis 5/10/2010 10 comments Marvell Technology Group Ltd. aims to supply silicon for ARM-based servers with 40-nm multicore processors it will ship this year and is working with multiple partners including one that hopes to port a server version of Microsoft Windows to ARM.
Introduction to High-Speed Digital Design Principles Design How-To 5/10/2010 Post a comment This white paper discusses some of the major factors that need to be considered in designing an embedded product and the various high-speed digital design concepts that play a vital role in the functionality of the hardware/product as a whole.
Blog: MicroTCA integration tips Design How-To 5/3/2010 Post a comment In his latest blog post, Kenton Williston takes a look at some practical tips for assembling MicroTCA platforms and points out key issues designers should keep in mind.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.