European photonics group seeks R&D boost News & Analysis 3/29/2006 Post a comment Photonics21, an industry led initiative that counts amongst its members all the main European companies and research organizations in optoelectronics, will next week call for a doubling of funds from national support programs over the next five years. The group believes urgent action is needed if the continent is not to fall even further behind the U.S. and Asia in optical technologies.
IP key in CMOS image sensors Teardown 3/27/2006 Post a comment
One of the largest growth markets in the semiconductor industry continues to be CMOS image sensors. The inclusion of the "unblinking eye" in mobile handsets, optical mice and the like has driven this growth over the last few years and is projected to continue to fuel growth in the foreseeable future. The revenue for CMOS image sensors grew 65.9 percent in 2004 from the year before and is expected to reach $4.64 billion by 2007.
Bookham sells U.K. plant for $24 million News & Analysis 3/14/2006 Post a comment Optical components supplier Bookham Inc. has signed an agreement for the sale and associated leaseback of its Caswell, U.K., plant with Scarborough Developments, a UK-based property investment company.
Cambridge project advances materials for wireless apps News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Advance Nanotech Inc., a company that specializes in organizing finance and services for projects in nanotechnology, has partnered with Alps Electric Company Limited, Dow Corning Corporation and engineers at the University of Cambridge on research that promises improve the reception capacity of mobile devices.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.