PV manufacturing industry pools interests in organization News & Analysis 5/27/2008 Post a comment Companies focusing on production technology for solar silicon ingots, wafers, solar cells and PV modules have joined their forces in launching the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA). The group intends to intensify cooperations and unlock synergies.
Vishay rolls out two high-brightness SMD LED series Product News 5/18/2008 Post a comment Vishay has released two series of high-brightness yellow and red SMD LEDs that are housed in reverse gullwing packaging with 1.9-mm profile and employ AllnGaP technology to provide luminous intensity range from 71mcd to 285mcd with 75-mW power dissipation.
MMIC Solutions raises £2.7 million in Round A News & Analysis 5/15/2008 Post a comment Module and subsystem startup MMIC Solutions Ltd (Ledbury, England) has raised £2.7 million in a first round of VC financing to extend its development of receivers and modules for millimeter wave applications.
CoreOptics raises a further $25 million News & Analysis 5/14/2008 Post a comment Optical transponders specialist CoreOptics Inc. (Nuremberg, Germany and Manchester, NH) has closed a $25 million round of financing from existing investors, bringing the company's total funding to date to more than $90 million.
Ultra-fast laser goes searching for planets News & Analysis 5/8/2008 Post a comment The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the University of Konstanz, claims to boost planet-searching capabilities by 100 times with a new ultra-fast, ultra-short-pulse laser with a "gap-toothed" frequency comb.
Qimonda to enter photovoltaics business News & Analysis 5/5/2008 Post a comment Ailing DRAM manufacturer Qimonda AG (Munich, Germany) is entering the solar cell business. In a joint venture with solar system integrator Centrosolar group (Munich, Germany), the company plans to build a new fab in Portugal.
High-power infrared emitter offers wide viewing angle Product News 5/2/2008 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has expanded its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of its first wide-viewing-angle infrared emitter in a leaded package. The device claims the industry's lowest forward voltage of 1.45 V at 100 mA and 2.15 V at 1 A.
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.