Optoelectronics industry seeks manufacturing comeback News & Analysis 3/19/2012 1 comment Alarmed by the exodus of its manufacturing base to Asia, key players in the photonics industry are seeking to revive domestic manufacturing. The rewards? More U.S. manufacturing jobs and ability to provide greater amounts of secure bandwidth.
TSMC's solar subsidiary gets certifications News & Analysis 3/15/2012 Post a comment TSMC Solar Ltd., a wholly-owned solar module subsidiary of foundry giant TSMC, has received both Underwriters Laboratories and International Electrotechnical Commission certifications for a range of its copper indium gallium selenide photovoltaic modules.
Elpida's bankruptcy to boost other DRAM suppliers News & Analysis 3/6/2012 6 comments Last week's bankruptcy filing by Japan's Elpida Memory should work in favor of other DRAM vendors, reducing supply and boosting average selling prices and revenue in the second half of 2012, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
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