Discount supermarket chains sued over MPEG patents News & Analysis 3/18/2010 Post a comment MPEG LA LLC (Boulder, Colo), the licensing authority set up to provide one-stop licenses for MPEG-related patents, has announced that several patent holders in its MPEG-2 patent portfolio have filed separate law suits in Dusseldorf, Germany, against the international discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4 Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
Report to urge U.K. state funding for tech, says FT News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment Hermann Hauser, a partner at Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd. (Cambridge, England), is expected to recommend that the U.K. government help establish three technology centers costing £300 million (about $450 million) over the next five to ten years, according to a Financial Times report.
Lantiq sues modem maker over Taiwanese chip News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment Lantiq Deutschland GmbH, the wireline chip spin-off from Infineon Technologies AG, has filed suit in the German District Court of Dusseldorf against Billion Electric Co. Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan) alleging patent infringement.
NXP in talks on solar cell manufacture at Nijmegen News & Analysis 3/1/2010 Post a comment NXP BV is in talks on the possibility of converting a 6-inch wafer fab at Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to solar cell manufacture. The company does not wish to make solar cells itself but is interested in bringing a partner onto its Nijmegen site, according to CEO Rick Clemmer.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times