LED maker Seoul raises $248 million News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has announced that it and its affiliate company, Seoul Optodevice Co. Ltd., have raised $248 million by way of a share issue.
Soitec builds growth strategy on 4 pillars, says CEO News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment The end of 2009 is fast approaching, and there is no better time to assess the year's achievements and highlight priorities for the coming year, and even years. At a press conference last week in Paris, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec SA (Bernin, France), said the company has the financial resources it needs to seize market opportunities and has built its growth strategy on four pillars.
U.S. pumps another $620M into smart grid projects News & Analysis 11/24/2009 1 comment The U.S. government has announced a second and final round of economic stimulus grants aimed at accelerating the transition to a smart electric grid with Boeing and two up-and-coming battery makers among the winners of a total of $620 million in grants from the Department of Energy to 32 projects mainly organized by electric utilities.
Video: Al Gore stumps for smart grid News & Analysis 11/20/2009 1 comment In between takes of guest appearances on TV's "30 Rock," Nobel prize winner and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore swept into Silicon Valley Thursday to stump for the smart electric grid and help hand out awards to technologists honored for their work in social justice.
Magic microphone: All smoke, no mirrors Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 11/19/2009 1 comment To get around the dynamic range issues of current microphone pickups, Schwartz Engineering and Design has devised a laser-based pickup that detects voice-induced 'distortions' in a flowing stream of smoke and that then relies on proprietary digital signal processing to translate those distortions into audio. And it works!
Video: VC John Doerr bullish on smart grid News & Analysis 11/19/2009 Post a comment The smart grid promises to be in some ways similar to and even bigger than the Internet, according to veteran venture capitalist John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers who helped fund Google and Amazon.com but now focuses on green technology.
PV market continues to suffer from glut, iSuppli says News & Analysis 11/16/2009 Post a comment Despite a surprisingly strong demand in Germany, the global solar panel market suffers from extreme oversupply. For the next few quarters, much will depend on the demand development in Germany as the world's largest single solar panel market, finds a study from market researcher iSuppli.
Startup formed to offer liquid crystal OLED materials News & Analysis 11/11/2009 Post a comment Polar OLED Ltd. (Leeds, England) is a startup formed by researchers from the University of Hull to commercialize liquid crystal OLED technology and intellectual property developed there. The company, founded in November 2008, has received venture capital from IP Group plc although the amount was not been disclosed.
Demand uptick strains supply chain, says analyst News & Analysis 11/11/2009 Post a comment Prices for most categories of electronics parts rose in the third quarter compared to the second, according to market research firm iSuppli. But because of uncertainty regarding fourth-quarter demand levels, component makers are reluctant to expand capacity or build inventories, placing strains on the global electronics supply chain, according to the firm.
Academic wins $550,000 prize for blue LED work News & Analysis 11/10/2009 Post a comment The Inamori Foundation (Kyoto, Japan) has presented its 25th annual Kyoto Prize for technology, which includes a gift of about $550,000, to semiconductor scientist Isamu Akasaki for his work developing the blue light emitting diode.
Mitsubishi deal brings professor's LED patent haul to $27 million News & Analysis 11/6/2009 Post a comment Mitsubishi has agreed terms with Professor Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, professor emeritus at Columbia University, New York, over her assertion that Mitsubishi and dozens of other electronics manufacturers in Asia and Europe violated her patents for producing light emitting diodes and laser diodes.
Accelerometer propels HP into sensor networks News & Analysis 11/5/2009 Post a comment A secret side project for a Hewlett-Packard engineer has quietly spawned an ultra-sensitive accelerometer that the PC giant hopes to leverage to propel it into sensor networks, an emerging market it sees as the next big wave of computing.
Miniature solar panels come to mobile telephones Product News 11/5/2009 Post a comment Sharp is diversifying its solar component portfolio to address a wide range of mobile applications, such as mobile phones. However, integrating miniature solar panels into mobile telephones is just the beginning — further applications include all network-independent and mobile applications in particular.
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.