Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules? News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Drive makers at crossroads over next generation News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Hard disk makers will have to decide in the next year which of two major paths they will take to tomorrow's drives that will pack a terabit or more per square inch, according to a leading consultant—heat-assisted recording or patterned media.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arasan adds IEEE 1588 PTP support to Ethernet IP Core Product News 9/28/2009 Post a comment Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has integrated support for IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) into its Ethernet IP core. Mission critical environments such as factory automation systems, networking environments, manufacturing, test and measurement systems rely on IEEE 1588 to maintain precise timing synchronization in order to execute activities in real-time.
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
Standards bodies seek common ground for powerline nets News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment A senior director of DS2, the Valencia, Spain based specialist in silicon for broadband power line gear, has warned of confusion and frustration in the industry and amongst consumers if forthcoming votes on a standard for the technology fail to resolve the problem of a fragmented powerline networking industry.
AT&T to unleash femtocell for 3G News & Analysis 9/22/2009 1 comment AT&T's long-awaited entry into the femtocells market is believed to rely on home basestations supplied by ip.access (Cambridge, England), powered by silicon from picoChip (Bath, England) and Cisco acting as systems integrator.
Huawei ups the ante with 56Mbit/s HSPA+ News & Analysis 9/21/2009 Post a comment Chinese communications equipment provider Huawei, (Beijing) is gearing up to launch next year a commercial 56Mbits/s system delivering HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) that will have the potential to double current download rates.
40Gb Ethernet set to be major feature at ECOC Product News 9/21/2009 Post a comment 40GbE transceivers and other parts, including testers, are set to be a major talking point at both the exhibitor stands and conferences at this week's European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Vienna, Austria.
Where's the money in medical design? Join the conversation News & Analysis 9/21/2009 4 comments Between government stimulus packages, an aging population, exploding healthcare costs and increasing need for better remote diagnostics, it's understandable that engineers looking for the next big opportunity would look up and cry: "Thars gold in them thar [medical] hills." But not so fast.
Kontron takes majority of Digital-Logic News & Analysis 9/17/2009 Post a comment Board computer manufacturer Kontron AG (Eching, Germany) Has announced it has acquired a controlling interest in Digital-Logic AG (Solothurn, Switzerland). Through the move, Kontron hopes to realize synergy effects.
Companies partner for space qualified modules Product News 9/17/2009 Post a comment C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, England) and Linear Technology (Milpitas, Calif.) have joined forces for a deal that will allow manufacturers outside of the U.S. to purchase space grade and rad-hard monolithic and multichip modules from a European manufacturer without the bureaucratic restrictions they have to face.
SiPort brings HD radio to Micosoft's Zune News & Analysis 9/15/2009 Post a comment Fabless chip group SiPort (Santa Clara, Calif.) is trying to give a much needed boost to HD radio in the U.S., and has persuaded Microsoft to include it in the latest version of the software giantís Zune portable media player, which goes on sale this week.
Nujira raises funds, targets defence News & Analysis 9/15/2009 Post a comment Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has raised a further £10 million to accelerate development of its handset technology. The company has also set up a group to work on projects in the defense sector, targeting improved power efficiency for military gear using its High Accuracy Tracking amplifier technology.
Element CXI targets 4G apps with computing array News & Analysis 9/14/2009 Post a comment Element CXI, the Milpitas, California based fabless group developing reconfigurable processors, is launching at this week's 4G World Forum in Chicago its nGEN Elemental Computing Array (ECA) platform targeting multi-mode and multi-band wireless applications.
picoChip targets small-cell LTE femto designs News & Analysis 9/10/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip design group picoChip (Bath, England) is continuing to extend its range of development systems for the emerging femtocells market, with a hardware and software platform targeting "small cell" LTE basestations.
NXP, Entropic demo MoCA based STB design Product News 9/9/2009 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors and Entropic Communications, Inc. will demonstrate at this week's IBC in Amsterdam a jointly developed MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) enabled set-top box (STB) reference design.
Broadcom touts MS Mediaroom certification at IBC News & Analysis 9/9/2009 Post a comment Broadcom is making a major push into the set-top box and broadcast sector at the IBC, which starts this week in Amsterdam, most notably with the announcement that its latest STB system on chip has received Microsoft Mediaroom integration.
Irish teams target customizable antennas News & Analysis 9/8/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip design group DecaWave (Dublin, Ireland) is to collaborate with the Dublin Institute of Technology's Antenna & High Frequency Research Group (AHFR) for antenna design and research to support its ScenSor chip.
Consortium touts crosstalk eliminating DSL technology News & Analysis 9/8/2009 Post a comment Two of the founding members of the iSMART consortium, ECI Telecom and Actelis Networks, said at this week's Broadband World Forum in Paris they have completed the first successful tests of the consortium's Dynamic Spectrum Management Level 3 (DSM L3) technology in conjunction with three major operators.
OneChip readies EPON transceivers News & Analysis 9/7/2009 Post a comment Photonics chip startup OneChip Photonics Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has started sampling to selected customers and potential partners its Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) transceivers, targeting optical line terminals and optical network units.
APTX licenses audio technology to Creative Labs News & Analysis 9/4/2009 Post a comment APTX, the Belfast, Northern Ireland-based developer and licensor of apt-X audio compression technology, has licensed its technology to Creative Technology, the digital entertainment products group famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.