IHS: CMOS image sensor supply hit by quake News & Analysis 4/13/2011 Post a comment The supply of CMOS image sensors, becoming ubiquitous in cell phones and notebook computers, has been affected by the Japan earthquake of March 11. In turn this is affecting the manufacture and distribution of camera modules for cell phones, according to market research firm IHS-iSuppli.
Cree, Osram sign broad LED cross-license News & Analysis 4/5/2011 Post a comment Cree Inc. and Osram GmbH have signed a comprehensive, worldwide cross-license agreement that covers patents from both parties in the fields of blue LEDs, white LEDs and phosphors, LED luminaires and lamps and LED lighting control systems.
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