Freescale sells Scottish fab News & Analysis 8/17/2011 5 comments The Freescale Semiconductor fab in East Kilbride, Scotland, which ceased chip production two years ago, has been sold to a real estate developer for undisclosed financial terms.
EE Times launches China fabless IC report News & Analysis 8/16/2011 2 comments UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times, announced the availability of the China Fabless Profile, a special report created by EE Times Confidential and focused on China's fast-growing fabless semiconductor sector.
Born in the USA: Philips’ L-Prize LED bulb News & Analysis 8/15/2011 7 comments The $10M L Prize is for the first LED bulb to be a functional, dimmable replacement for a 60W incandescent bulb. It’s sponsored by the DOE and funded with US tax dollars. Philips Lighting's CEO, Zia Eftekhar answers reader questions about where will the bulbs be made, and what assurances are there about product reliability.
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