EC report discusses increased support for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2009 Post a comment The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
EDA can be a fun thing Blog 9/29/2009 Post a comment There is an EDA application that runs on Apple Inc.'s iPhone. iWafer, was created by Michael Sanie, a 20-year EDA and semiconductor industry veteran.
Virage rolls new interface IP products Product News 9/29/2009 Post a comment Intellectual property vendor Virage Logic announced new interface IP products to join its SiPro product line, the group of products that have sprung from the company's January licensing agreement with AMD.
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.
Implementing cost-effective gigabit serial links over cable Design How-To 9/28/2009 Post a comment New technologies are readily found in integrated circuit devices such as gigabit serdes (Serializer/De-Serializers) that make implementing cable and backplane-based serial links much easier for the system designer. These advances in semiconductor technology are enabling systems designers to cost-effectively implement gigabit serial links.
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.
Updated: Is Intel making a foray into France? Blog 9/28/2009 Post a comment In 2009, Intel Corp. has made several moves to position itself in the French market, including an investment in a laboratory specialized in High-Performance Computing near Paris and the opening of a new design center in wireless technologies in Sophia Antipolis. Recently, speculations have emerged that Intel plans to purchase Freescale Semiconductor's wireless operations in Toulouse. Is this pure coincidence or full of sense?
Eye-Fi uses Secure Digital (SD) card slot for Wi-Fi in cameras Teardown 9/28/2009 Post a comment In a recent product teardown, Portelligent analyzed Eye-Fi's "Share," a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card that makes it easy and affordable to add Wi-Fi connectivity to any digital camera with an SD card slot. Eye-Fi's product line-up includes five Wi-Fi SD card/service combinations between $50 and .
Six European startups in the spotlight News & Analysis 9/25/2009 Post a comment The twelfth edition of SAME Forum this week in Sophia Antipolis, France, was no exception to the rule. A startups panel brought to light innovative technologies and applications for the microelectronics industry.
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.
How to make your next design succeed by really mattering Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/24/2009 1 comment Would anyone shed a tear if your company went away tomorrow? If not, then you've made the mistake of not fully leveraging the power of good design to get you and your product to the point where you actually matter to anyone, according to Robert Brunner, an industrial designer of such product lines as the Apple II, Macintosh, Newton and PowerBook. But there's an answer.
Wipro France CEO discusses Sophia Antipolis site viability News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment Wipro Technologies, Indian semiconductor intellectual property (IP) vendor, announced recently that it is exploring options for the closure of its development center in Sophia Antipolis, France, including relocation of some employees to other Wipro centers. EE Times has interviewed Christophe Martinoli, CEO of Wipro Technologies France, to discuss the ins and outs of the situation.
Actel releases firmware catalog Product News 9/23/2009 Post a comment Actel has released a new firmware catalog, a move billed by the company as a continuation of its commitment to enhancing the embedded processor development tool suite.
Xilinx boosts sales target News & Analysis 9/23/2009 Post a comment Xilinx raised its sales target for the September quarter, saying it now expects sales of approximately $413.8 million, up 10 percent from the previous quarter.
Nokia technologist moves to Myriad Group News & Analysis 9/23/2009 Post a comment Myriad Group AG (Duebendorf, Switzerland), the mobile software developer created through the merger of Esmertec and Purple Labs, has appointed Benoit Schillings as Chief Technical Officer (CTO), effective October 1st.
Long, bumpy transition seen for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 9/21/2009 1 comment The Intel Developer Forum is expected to generate buzz around SuperSpeed USB this week, but the transition to the 5 GHz interface may be slower and bumpier than many would hope due to cost, power and support issues.
Fate and Opportunity in EDA Blog 9/18/2009 Post a comment Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland has appointed Carsten Elgert as its Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Elgert was with Mentor Graphics European division.
IC analyst sees tighter supply, ASP growth News & Analysis 9/18/2009 Post a comment A historically low level of capital spending by chipmakers is paving the way tight supply conditions that will result in increased average selling prices but may have unforeseen ramifications, according to an industry analyst.
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.