Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 1 News & Analysis 12/29/2006 Post a comment In our No. 1 story of 2006, Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus details a claim by IBM Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology that they broke the silicon speed record, thanks in part to a "frozen chip." IBM and Georgia Tech said that they demonstrated the first silicon-based chip capable of operating at frequencies above 500 GHz by cryogenically "freezing" the circuit to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 2 News & Analysis 12/28/2006 Post a comment Our No. 2 story for 2006, written by London editor Peter Clarke, described the ARM9-based asynchronous processor developed by ARM Holdings plc and Handshake Solutions NV, a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics subsidiary. The ARM996HS is thought to be the first commercial clockless processor and is said to be particularly suited to use as an automotive microcontroller.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 2 Design How-To 12/27/2006 Post a comment Coupling processor operation closely to bus and other computational demands leads to a dramatic increase in automotive vision system processor efficiency. With further tuning, optimizing the bus to work closely with the hardware threads improves performance and provides a more controllable, measurable, and predictable system latency.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 3 News & Analysis 12/26/2006 Post a comment Our No. 3 story of 2006 by Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus described how Apple Computer teamed up with Ford Motor, General Motors and Mazda to deliver "seamless iPod integration" across the majority of their respective car brands and models.
eBay taps FreeFlow for private auction services News & Analysis 12/19/2006 Post a comment In a deal that could bring online auctions into the mainstream among electronics multinationals, eBay Inc., the biggest name in online auctions, has teamed up with FreeFlow, an Intenet-auction service provider that has, until now, focused in the high-tech sector.
e2v looks for acquisitions as it posts strong sales News & Analysis 12/5/2006 Post a comment Components and sub-systems group e2v technologies plc increased sales for the six months to September 30 to £67.8 million ($134 million), up 38 percent on the corresponding period last year. Pre-tax profits were £3.7 million ($7.3 million) , compared to £2.8 million ($5.5 million) last time.
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.