VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Optical RAM on chip, set to reduce telecoms power News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Researchers from IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and the department of information technology at Ghent University (INTEC) have published a paper on an optical random access memory integrated on a silicon chip with record low power consumption.
Energy Micro to add radio to MCU portfolio News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Energy Micro A/S (Oslo, Norway), the startup that has brought the Gecko family of 32-bit ARM-based microcontrollers to market, has announced that it plans to offer a companion range of low-power RF transceiver products.
DoE funds energy-efficient chip effort News & Analysis 1/21/2010 4 comments The U.S. Department of Energy is funneling Recovery Act stimulus funds into research to make computer chips more efficient by designing voltage regulators that fit on-chip.
Of Windmills and Recording Studios Design How-To 1/20/2010 1 comment Windmills are cost more than a $1 million often requiring maintenance to go with their size and volatile nature. This article describes machine monitoring systems in wind turbines, how the requirements for a music studio network are similar to a turbine's monitoring system and how Firewire can been used to create a maintenance system for turbines.
Real science or just a bit of froth Power DesignLine Blog 1/20/2010 3 comments Last week there seemed to be a mini-media feeding frenzy about a story of a product design student who had claimed to have designed as part of her final university project a 'greenphone' which was powered by Coca-Cola.
U.S. cracks down on Energy Star violators News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy plans to start conducting its own tests soon to determine whether products are in compliance with the Energy Star program, the latest step in a broad initiative under the Obama Administration to crack down on an electronics industry that has been lax in adhering to the requirements of the energy efficiency program.
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.