A&O power chip firm to buy Oregon fab News & Analysis 8/29/2011 4 comments Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd., a power semiconductor IC vendor with strong connections in China, has said it intends to buy a 200-mm wafer fab owned by Integrated Device Technology Inc. and located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
IMS: Wireless charging market is on 85% CAGR Research 8/9/2011 5 comments The global market for wireless power components and accessories was $100 million in 2010 but will grow to be worth $4.5 billion, according to market research IMS Research Ltd. That is equivalent to a compound annual growth rate of 85.5 percent.
Battery anode startup raises $65 million News & Analysis 8/4/2011 6 comments Nexeon Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a company formed in 2005 to commercialize battery research conducted at Imperial College in London, has received an investment of £40 million (about $65 million) to help it pioneer the use of silicon anodes in place of carbon anodes in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
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.