Jobs go but new processors coming at ARC Product News 6/30/2009 Post a comment ARC International (St Albans, England) is to lay off 35 employees and close several of its locations in a major restructuring that sees the licensor of multimedia IP cores reduced to 115 direct staff, excluding its Adaptive Chips joint venture in India. The company also revealed it is readying a new processing range that will be launched in November.
Stantum, Sitronix team for multi-touch controllers News & Analysis 6/29/2009 Post a comment Stantum Technologies, the French multi-touch sensing technologies specialist, has teamed with Taiwanese group Sitronix (Hsinchu), which focuses on LCD driver and SoC design, to develop voltage matrix multi-touch single-chip solutions.
Analyst: Intel eyes cellphone apps processor market News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment Intel is coveting the $1.3 billion cellphone application processor market for its future versions of Atom, according to Will Strauss, president and principal analyst at Forward Concepts, in a soon-to-be-published report on the handsets and chip market.
Gigle powers ahead in Belkin adapters News & Analysis 6/25/2009 Post a comment Gigle Semiconductor (Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, Scotland) has revealed that its GGL541 home-networking chip drives the Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters being launched by network router specialist Belkin.
Army ordered to split Future Combat System News & Analysis 6/23/2009 Post a comment Pentagon acquisition officials made good on Defense Secretary Robert Gates' pledge to rein in the Army's largest modernization program, announcing that development of the Future Combat System will be broken up into smaller development efforts.
LCD-TV sales seen surging in Europe News & Analysis 6/18/2009 Post a comment Sales of LCD-TVs will surge in most European countries this year, indicating a recovery in the EU countries' economic activity, according to market research group iSuppli Corp.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment Design How-To 6/17/2009 3 comments The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
Researchers ready personal energy monitoring devices News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Researchers at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory are developing a device that will record people's daily energy consumption, including how they travel, the heating and appliances they use and also the indirect energy they use from the manufacture of food and goods that they consume.
Nemotek starts wafer level packaging in Morocco News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment Nemotek Technologie, the Rabat, Morocco-based company readying production of wafer level lenses and cameras , has qualified the first parts at its newly built manufacturing and packaging facility, and expects to start shipping devices in the fourth quarter of this year.
Imagination sparks up video codec line-up News & Analysis 6/15/2009 Post a comment Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) will embed the Spark video decoder from Sorenson Media (San Diego, Calif.) in future versions of its Power VR VXD video decoder IP cores.
TTTech, GE Fanuc partner for aerospace, military deals News & Analysis 6/15/2009 Post a comment Time-triggered technologies specialist TTTech Computertechnik AG (Vienna, Austria) and embedded computing group GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms have teamed to develop and sell companies in the aerospace and defense electronics sectors systems combing the Austrian group's TTEthernet technology and GE Fanuc platforms.
Author of Digital Britain blueprint set to leave government News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Lord (Stephen) Carter, the man brought in some eight months ago to beef up the U.K.'s communications and media industry policy and who is due to present his long awaited and much anticipated Digital Britain report next week, is set to leave the government soon after the document is published.
Rambus, EC close on patent dispute deal News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Rambus (Los Altos, Calif.) has agreed to cut its royalties on some parts to settle a long running and high-profile dispute with European antitrust regulators and will thus avoid paying a fine.
Nokia working on energy-harvesting handset News & Analysis 6/11/2009 Post a comment Nokia has started demonstrating a prototype mobile phone that uses energy harvesting technology to recharge itself using only ambient radio waves - emitted from mobile antennas, TV masts and other sources.
Replacing RS-232 with 802.11n wireless Design How-To 6/10/2009 3 comments The RS-232 serial interface is used extensively in industrial environments, but there is a lot to gain from the replacement of these cables with a wireless transport mechanism. In this article we consider how a wireless link based on 802.11n WLAN can be configured and deployed for this purpose.
French PE group acquires Mercury Computer unit News & Analysis 6/10/2009 Post a comment Embedded boards and software specialist Mercury Computer Systems Inc. (Chelmsford, Mass.) has sold its Visualization Sciences group (VSG) to Toulouse, France based private equity firm IRDI-ICSO for $12 million upfront, plus up to $2.5 million in possible earn-outs.
Embedded processor wars Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/9/2009 Post a comment While Intel and ARM battle for supremacy in the consumer areas of netbooks and smart phones, ARM is taking on formidable opponents in other application areas.
Cree demos record efficiency for GaN HEMT amplifier News & Analysis 6/9/2009 Post a comment LED and high frequency component specialist Cree Inc. (Durham, N.C.) is demonstrating at this week's MTT-S International Microwave Symposium what it suggests is a record efficiency for a commercially available 2GHz microwave amplifier.
ST-Ericsson targets China, U.S. for growth News & Analysis 6/9/2009 Post a comment ST-Ericsson is looking for growth in the U.S. and Chinese markets as a major contributor to sales in the near future, according to Alain Dutheil, chief executive of the recently established wireless chip group.
Ember targets smart metering with ZigBee SoC Product News 6/8/2009 1 comment Targeting industrial rather than consumer applications, and specifically smart metering in the medium term, Ember Corporation (Boston, MA.) will start shipping in the third quarter of this year an SoC for ZigBee networking based on an ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Microsoft powers up Cambridge R&D News & Analysis 6/8/2009 Post a comment Microsoft could have chosen a better day to have an 'open day' at its research center in Cambridge, England. A day before, all the headlines were of more job cuts, including, potentially, cutbacks at the software giant’s five major research locations.
e2v warns of challenging year ahead News & Analysis 6/8/2009 Post a comment Electronic component and systems supplier e2v Technologies Plc (Chelmsford, England) posted a 13 percent fall in its full-year adjusted pretax profit and forecast a tough first half, hurt by general market softness in the defense sector.
WiMax interoperability, roaming trials gather pace News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment Fourteen companies involved in the development of chips and device equipment and running of mobile WiMAX networks have linked in the first commercial WiMAX interoperability and roaming trials, the WiMAX Forum said at its global congress this week in Amsterdam.
CSR extends CVC capability, headset chips range News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) has started using the fifth generation of its Clear Voice Capture (CVC) noise suppression technology in devices and has deployed it in a range of advanced ROM chips for the Bluetooth mono headset market.
Taiwanese group pays $215 million for E Ink News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Electronic paper display technology pioneer E Ink Corporation (Boston, Mass.) is set to be acquired by Prime View International (PVI) , one of Taiwan's leading suppliers of small and medium sized displays and itself a developer of ePaper display modules.
UK research targets improved display readability News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment A multi-disciplinary research and development project led by GE Aviation Systems (Newmarket, England) and backed by the U.K.'s Technology Strategy Board) will deliver information displays with enhanced readability in bright lighting conditions.
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.