Samsung, Toshiba merge optical disk operations News & Analysis 9/29/2003 Post a comment By agreeing last week to combine their optical disk businesses into a joint venture, Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Japan's Toshiba Corp. hope to cut their operating costs and maintain a competitive edge in a market saddled with severe pricing pressures.
VXS: Switched Serial Gigabit Fabric for VMEbus Design How-To 9/23/2003 Post a comment The VMEbus, well into a third decade of widespread deployment, continues as the dominant bus structure for high-performance embedded systems. In an industry characterized by a steady succession of new device offerings with speed and density increases every few months, VMEbus has retained this leadership position not simply because it was based on a sound electrical and mechanical architecture. Pentek's Rodger hosking introduces VXS and reviews some basics of switched fabrics.
Microdisplay market heading for shakeout News & Analysis 9/16/2003 Post a comment The microdisplay market appears ready to undergo a major shakeout that could result in the demise of the smallest suppliers as larger manufacturers and competing technologies further erode their revenue base. Analysts believe the market is too small to accommodate all the suppliers, and that consolidation is imminent. Spencer Chin has this report.
Surface-mountable LEDs erase through-hole pcbs Product News 9/11/2003 Post a comment The SMPT series of surface mount LEDs from the BivarOpto Division of Bivar Inc. has been designed to be used with the company's Flexible Light Pipes (FLP Series), thus eliminating the need for through-hole printed-circuit boards.
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.