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.
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.
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.
Data acquisition software with enhanced functionality Product News 9/16/2009 Post a comment Automotive industry measurement equipment vendor Ipetronik (Baden-Baden, Germany), has announces the availability of version V.01.02.00 of its IPEmotion measurement-data acquisition software for download. The version features several highlights and improvements.
ESP sensor measures yaw rate and acceleration Product News 9/11/2009 Post a comment Bosch Automotive Electronics claims that its SMI540 is the world's first micromechanical inertial measurement unit for vehicle dynamics control in low-cost SOIC16w housing. The unit opens up new development possibilities for the ESP electronic stability program.
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.
Testing the limits of organic electronics News & Analysis 9/7/2009 Post a comment The testing and characterization of organic electronic devices is becoming an increasingly important aspect of this growing sector, and the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is gearing up to play a key role in developing equipment and techniques to meet the demand.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times