Startup develops printable, low-cost solar cell News & Analysis 1/18/2011 6 comments Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd., a company recently spun out from the University of Oxford has developed a solar cell technology that is manufactured from low-cost, abundant, non-toxic and non-corrosive materials and can be scaled to any volume.
Advanced HMI technologies enable integrated automotive center console design Design How-To 1/14/2011 3 comments Incorporation of a multifunction console control panel allows HMI designers greater flexibility in styling as well as greater control over uniform look and feel. Such a design also reduces tooling charges and increases reliability. Because of overall integration and a reduce set of controls, these designs also reduce the total cost of systems.
TSMC, Centrosolar sign solar module deal News & Analysis 1/11/2011 2 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest pure-play foundry manufacturer of integrated circuits, has signed an agreement that makes Centrosolar Group AG (Munich, Germany) its exclusive European manufacturer of crystalline solar modules.
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.