Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
Underwater helicopter surfaces News & Analysis 9/29/2008 1 comment Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Control/monitoring solutions reduce energy costs in older plants Product News 9/25/2008 Post a comment Cypress Envirosystems has introduced a family of control and monitoring solutions designed to help older buildings and manufacturing sites cut energy costs and boost productivity. These products upgrade pneumatic thermostats, manual steam trap monitoring and dial gauges in minutes, providing payback in less than one year.
Evolution and design Design How-To 9/22/2008 Post a comment Twenty years ago, when someone wanted real-time audio on a personal computer, it typically meant toggling bit 1 in I/O port 97 to generate a pulse waveform through the PC's small built-in annunciator speaker. Ten years ago, real-time audio on a PC typically meant buying a PCI-bus plug-in sound card. In the past decade, however, the vast majority of PCs have emerged from the shipping box ready to play with motherboard audio solutions based on the Audio Codec (AC) '97 specification and its success
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Taking the RISC out of COMs Design How-To 9/19/2008 Post a comment How Kontron's Atom CPU-based nanoETXexpress modules enables the efficient and cost-effective development of different types of applications such as mobile handhelds, solar-powered ultra small stationary devices and modular devices with very compact displays.
Imbera readies volume manufacturing for IMB technology News & Analysis 9/17/2008 Post a comment Embedded packaging technology specialist Imbera (Espoo, Finland) is set to more than double investments from its venture capital backers, with the money earmarked for a significant increase in the start-up's manufacturing capability for its third generation integrated module board (IMB) technology.
Viewpoint: DisplayPort makes sense now Design How-To 9/16/2008 Post a comment DisplayPort is a Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) standard and is a new video interface that aims to replace internal low-voltage differential signal (LVDS) video interconnects and VGA/digital video interface (DVI) external interconnects.
Elmos, NEC partner for automotive, industrial projects Product News 9/16/2008 Post a comment Component groups Elmos Semiconductor AG (Dortmund, Germany) and NEC Electronics Corporation (Kawasaki, Japan) have sealed a strategic collaboration deal that will see them jointly developing and manufacturing a wide range of products targeting the automotive and industrial markets.
Nujira raises $18 million, pushes on handsets market News & Analysis 9/15/2008 Post a comment Power amplifier technology specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has raised $18 million in a Series C round of financing that it says will be used to accelerate commercialization of its patented envelope tracking power saving technology by wireless infrastructure gear suppliers, and to broaden sales to the mobile handsets and digital broadcast transmission equipment sectors.
Zoran introduces pay satellite and cable STB processors Product News 9/14/2008 Post a comment The SupraTV 260 family of processors is optimized for pay cable and satellite set-top boxes using standard definition MPEG-2. Advanced features include: 10/100 Ethernet MAC, digital video recording hardware and software including picture-in-picture based on USB 2.0 hard drives, MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile and JPEG hardware decoding.
Updated: Groups back European DAB profiles initiative News & Analysis 9/12/2008 Post a comment TV and audio receiver chip specialist Frontier Silicon (Watford, England) has welcomed the World DMB organization's initiative to promote defined digital receiver profiles that would benefit European broadcasters, manufacturers and consumers.
Premier Farnell profits up, outlook mixed News & Analysis 9/11/2008 Post a comment Electronic components distributor Premier Farnell (Leeds, England) posted a 15 percent increase in first-half profits and said its Internet-based focus on higher-margin markets would lead to progress in the second half.
IR touts power device technology breakthrough Design How-To 9/10/2008 Post a comment International Rectifier Corporation has started making prototype devices using a proprietary gallium nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform that it has been developing over the past five years and which it says will drive a major breakthrough in power conversion.
The COTS Ecosystem--Strength in numbers Design How-To 9/9/2008 Post a comment Getting one or two companies to work together is no small feat. Today, five diverse organizations make up the COTS Ecosystem. They're complementary, insist they don't compete, and they're making great strides in furthering the adoption of COTS. Here's a roundtable discussion with the members--designed to eliminate confusion and well, just see what they're all up to.
Updated: Ember, Skyworks partner on Zigbee modules Product News 9/8/2008 Post a comment Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and Ember Corp. will combine their RF and controller devices to create a family of modules aimed at ZigBee wireless networks, targeting a wide range of industrial and consumer applications including smart energy meters.
CIP touts hybrid photonic integration News & Analysis 9/8/2008 Post a comment The Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) has started working with potential customers to commercialize its hybrid Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) platform and HyBoard modules.
Sun, Xilinx launch 64-bit OpenSparc development platform Product News 9/8/2008 Post a comment Computer company Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and FPGA company Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have announced the availability of an OpenSparc development platform based on the UltraSparc T1 processor implemented on a Virtex-5 FPGA from Xilinx.
Kontron equips Computer-on-Modules with 45nm Intel processors Product News 9/8/2008 Post a comment Equipped with space- and energy-saving 45nm high-end processors, Kontron claims that its latest ETXexpress-PC COM Express Computer-on-Module sets new performance-per-watt standards for embedded applications with high demands on data processing and/or multi-media conversion and output.
Analysis: NI intros single-board RIO Design How-To 9/6/2008 Post a comment National Instruments introduced a new product line, a set of eight boards that are intended as complete, off-the-shelf computing-plus-I/O solutions for medical, mechatronic, and industrial applications.
IBM, EMC storage gurus debate future of flash Product News 9/3/2008 Post a comment In a candid online exchange, storage gurus from IBM Corp. and EMC Corp. agreed solid-state drives will rewrite the rules for system storage, but took significantly different views on how to implement solid state disks in servers.
Curtiss-Wright offers $50 million for VMETRO News & Analysis 9/3/2008 Post a comment VMETRO ASA (Oslo, Norway) has said that it received a letter from Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. (Roseland, New Jersey) stating that Curtiss-Wright Controls intends to make a voluntary offer for all outstanding shares of VMETRO at a price per share of NOK 12.06 (about $2.17) in cash.
Nokia, 02 hail NFC trial success - look to next stage News & Analysis 9/3/2008 Post a comment Mobile phone maker Nokia and U.K. mobile operator O2 are claiming a major success with the six month trial of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology in London but are now seeking additional partners from the retail and banking sector before committing to a commercial service.
e2v set to buy US group QP Semiconductors News & Analysis 9/1/2008 Post a comment Sensors, semiconductors and electronic tubes specialist e2v technologies plc (Chelmsford, England) is to buy QP Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) for an initial cash consideration of $65 million.
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.