Toshiba to source rare-earths from Mongolia News & Analysis 11/26/2010 17 comments Toshiba Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mongolia's MNFCC LLC agreeing to discussions on cooperation in the development of Mongolia's mineral resources, including uranium, rare earth and rare metals products.
North American PCB book-to-bill slips News & Analysis 11/24/2010 3 comments The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in October 2010 fell below parity to 0.98, according to the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a standards body for the electronics industry known as the IPC.
Analog Devices claims MEMS patent win News & Analysis 11/23/2010 6 comments Analog Devices Inc. has said that U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled patents belonging to Knowles Electronics LLC invalid. As a result Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers Jr. has quashed attempts to stop ADI from importing or selling its microphones in the United States.
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.