Plastic electronics fab time cut Product News 12/31/2008 Post a comment Fabrication time for flexible electronics ranging from disposable displays to plastic solar cells could be reduced from 48 hours to 30 minutes, according to researchers.
DARPA chief reviews legacy News & Analysis 12/29/2008 Post a comment The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
Toshiba to expand battery production Design How-To 12/24/2008 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. said that it will construct its second dedicated production facility for its so-called SCiB battery line. SCiB--or Super Charge ion Battery--is Toshiba's rechargeable, rapid charge battery technology.
Analyst warns of 'solar market eclipse' in 2009 News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Global revenue for photovoltaic panels is expected to plunge by 19 percent in 2009, following eight consecutive years of growth, as a massive oversupply causes prices to drop, according to a forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
LED lighting to save $1.8 trillion, study says News & Analysis 12/22/2008 1 comment Replacing traditional light sources with LEDs will not only enable enormous savings in energy, cost and pollution, but also herald a new era of smart lighting that controls the spectrum, emission pattern and polarization of the LED lights, according to a study by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
Panasonic finally gains control of Sanyo News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment The on-off sale by Goldman Sachs of its stake in Sanyo Electric Co. to Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic Corp. is back on, after Panasonic raised its offer by Yen 1 a share, clearing the way for Japan's largest consumer electronics acquisition.
Infineon counterclaims in Volterra patents dispute News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG and Primarion, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a counterclaim against Volterra Semiconductor alleging fraud on the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office, as well as for antitrust violations.
Video: Valley execs rally for green tech Design How-To 12/16/2008 Post a comment A trio of semiconductor chief executives said Silicon Valley, not Washington D.C., is the place most prepared to turnaround the tanking economy and solve the energy crisis with alternative energy and green technologies.
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