Philips Lumileds wins another round in patent lawsuits News & Analysis 5/25/2009 Post a comment In another round of the long running patent infringement cases between LED suppliers Philips Lumileds (san Jose, Calif.) and Epistar (Hsinchu, Taiwan), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected Epistar's appeal of the International Trade Commission's interpretation of the claims in Philips Lumileds' U.S. Patent No. 5,008,718 (the '718 patent).
Japan's chip equipment book-to-bill climbs to 0.44 News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment The global book-to-bill ratio for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment climbed to 0.44 in April, up from 0.30 recorded in March, according to a Dow Jones report which gave the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan as its source.
Counterfeiting of electronics moves online News & Analysis 5/20/2009 5 comments The counterfeiting of electronics has long been a problem, but the economic downturn that has many searching for bargains could cost U.S. consumer electronics companies alone as much as $200 billion, according to one estimate.
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Innovision confirms NXP as Gem licensee News & Analysis 5/18/2009 Post a comment The deal signed by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England) with an un-named supplier of NFC chips turns out to be with NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
U.S. satellite operator challenges EC decision on S-band News & Analysis 5/15/2009 Post a comment American satellite operator ICO Global Communications is to challenge the European Commission's decision to award the licenses for S-band mobile satellite services across EU states to Dublin, Ireland-based Solaris Mobile and the London headquartered Inmarsat group.
Infineon completes discounted debt buy-back News & Analysis 5/12/2009 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG has bought back Euros 53 million worth of its bonds for Euros 40 million, a 75 percent discount, following in the footsteps of two other semiconductor groups NXP Semiconductors BV and Freescale Semiconductors Inc. that have clinched similar debt swap deals over the past few months.
Another patent pool effort emerges for LTE News & Analysis 5/8/2009 Post a comment Via Licensing Corp. is looking to administer a patent pool for companies and research institutes claiming to have Intellectual Property for the emerging fast date rate cellular technology Long Term Evolution (LTE).
MPEG group looks into High Performance Video Coding News & Analysis 5/5/2009 Post a comment Engineers attending the 88th meeting of the MPEG/ISO standards group, held in Maui, Hawaii, have recommended that a new generation of video compression technology with higher compression capability than the existing AVC standard in its best configuration (the High Profile), is needed.
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.