Integrated bi-directional OVP device protects portable electronics Product News 1/30/2009 Post a comment ON Semiconductor has introduced the industry's first integrated bi-directional device, with positive and negative (+/-) overvoltage protection (OVP) for cell phones, MP3/4, PDAs and GPS systems, and overcurrent protection (OCP) for portable accessories such as FM transceiver, load speakers and flash modules.
Solar cell startup taps infrared light News & Analysis 1/28/2009 1 comment San Jose startup Solexant has licensed materials technology that can harvest energy from infrared light, boosting the efficiency of solar cells, one of many advances under development at a photonics institute at the University of Buffalo.
Cisco debuts power management initiative Design How-To 1/27/2009 1 comment Cisco Systems will debut a broad energy management initiative leveraging its prowess in Ethernet switching, aiming to extend its EnergyWise software to cover everything from Internet Protocol phones and Wi-Fi access points to PCs and building controls.
Danish battery system developer attracts new investors News & Analysis 1/23/2009 Post a comment One of Northern Europe's leading energy groups, DONG Energy has joined a group of investors backing Lithium Balance A/S, a Copehhagen-based developer, producer and marketer of battery systems and marks the first time that DONG Energy has invested in Danish-developed battery technology.
Audio chip startup raises $8.5 million News & Analysis 1/19/2009 1 comment Fabless chip company Audium Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has raised $8.5 million in a first round of funding. The company claims to have proprietary audio power amplifier technology that requires one-twentieth of the power of competitive Class D amplifiers at "normal listening volumes."
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ 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.