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Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
Exciton transistors inch toward commercialization
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Researchers have refined the materials mix and architecture of excitonic transistors to permit economical operation at 125 degrees Kelvin, which they say is attainable with inexpensive liquid nitrogen.
Partnerships, VC funds warm up French solar industry
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
As summer fades away, many initiatives have emerged to continue to foster solar energy on the French soil.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Former Hynix DRAM plant to get solar makeover
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9/28/2009   1 comment
A South Korean leather goods manufacturer plans to buy from Hynix Semiconductor the closed DRAM plant here with plans to turn it into the largest solar cell producer in the United States.
Six European startups in the spotlight
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
The twelfth edition of SAME Forum this week in Sophia Antipolis, France, was no exception to the rule. A startups panel brought to light innovative technologies and applications for the microelectronics industry.
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
SENSORS - New Freespace Reference Kit and open source library enable wider range of motion control apps
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Hillcrest Labs' open source library and Freespace Reference Kit ease development of wider range of motion control apps.
Berkeley Lab engineer tapped to head U.S. energy R&D agency
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Roughly seven months after launching a new energy research agency, the Obama administration has nominated a top engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to head the agency.
MEMS market sees unit growth despite pricing pressure
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
The market for MEMS microphones is poised to continue its growth — despite several retarding factors such as declining handset sales and intensified competition.
Melexis keeps cutting jobs as it raises guidance
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium), a supplier of automotive ICs and subsystems, has said it now expects 2009 sales to be towards the top of the range given in July, of between 118 million euro (about $175 million) and 123 million euro (about $182 million). Nonetheless the company has announced job cuts at a newly-opened facility in Erfurt, Germany.
Samsung demos component advances for mobiles
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics will start sampling in December 1GHz application processors based on ARM's Cortex-A8, targeted at designers of smartphones and netbooks.
Next steps for Ethernet. Join the conversation
9/17/2009   1 comment
We want to hear your comments on what's the next big step for Ethernet--400 Gbits/second or a terabit rate.
Optical Ethernet eyes low power, higher speeds
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Engineers are exploring ways to make optical Ethernet networks run at lower power, higher speeds and even over backplanes, according to presentations at a meeting of the Ethernet Alliance.
Nanoscale laser harnesses plasmons
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
What is being billed as the world's smallest semiconductor laser boasts a 5-nm active region that is 20 times smaller than the wavelength of the light it emits, according to university researchers.

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.
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