U.S. awards $3.4 billion in smart grid grants
News & Analysis 10/27/2009 Post a comment
Eighteen million homes—13 percent of all U.S. households--will get smart electric meters within three years as part of $3.4 billion in U.S. government grants to upgrade the country's aging electric grid announced by President Barack Obama in remarks at one of the country's largest solar farms in Arcadia, Florida.
Applied Materials to restructure in Switzerland
Product News 10/26/2009 Post a comment
Chip and solar manufacturing equipment vendor Applied Materials Inc. announced it plans to cut 130 jobs, on a total of 280, at its Applied Materials Switzerland SA Precision Wafering Systems Division in Cheseaux, Switzerland.
Freescale sees growth in smart metering, mobile medical
News & Analysis 10/14/2009 Post a comment
Ecology and health concerns are transforming the economic and technological landscape, bringing some significant revenue-producing opportunities to all links to the chain. Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has decided to catch the ball on the bounce.
G24 ships solar cells for 'electronic bags'
News & Analysis 10/12/2009 Post a comment
G24 Innovations Ltd. (Cardiff, Wales), a pioneer of dye-sensitized thin-film solar cells, has made its first commercial shipment of photovoltaic modules. They have been sent to consumer bag manufacturer, Mascotte Industrial Associates Ltd. (Hong Kong). Mascotte will include the photovoltaic panel in a range of bags and backpacks.
Watertight, low-power micro-actuator probes brain, in-vivo
News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment
Using the principal of hydrophobia, scientists at IMEC have overcome the problem of making their ultra-low-power 'inch-worm' micro-actuator watertight, thereby opening up a wide range of in-vivo biomedical applications, including recording the activity of individual neurons in the brain.
IEF: Pistorio's six tips for today's semi CEO's
News & Analysis 10/5/2009 Post a comment
Pasquale Pistorio, the driving force behind ST Microelectronics for many years and now honorary chairman of the chip group, gave a bravado and uplifting talk to delegates of the International Electronics Forum in Geneva.
IPtronics, Avago chip in to Intel's optical interconnect
News & Analysis 10/1/2009 Post a comment
Through a collaborative effort with Intel and other industry partners, IPtronics A/S (Roskilde, Denmark) has developed silicon for Light Peak, a 10-Gbit/s optical interconnect system. Avago Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has also developed an embedded "optical engine" for Light Peak.