EE Times Europe print stories November 5 -18 2007 -

EE Times Europe print stories November 5 -18 2007


Here are a selection of articles that appeared in the latest EE Times Europe print edition: November 5 – 18. Click on the headline to see the full story.

France finds its feet in brave startup era

Entrepreneur is a French word. Some might see a paradox in this because France, with a centrally-planned, pro-European post-war period behind it, has not yet fully embraced the individualism of the self-made business person.

Lime readies transceiver for wireless broadband

A U.K. startup focusing on configurable transceivers for broadband wireless applications, that has established a development group in Lithuania, has started sampling its first product – a reference design targeted at picocell mobile WiMAX basestations.

Freescale drives towards the all-electric car

The cooperation with ST Microelectroncis has a key function for Freescale in the automotive segment. The interview describes Freescale's strategy for chassis/powertrain electronics, FlexRay, Autosar and Power components which it does not have in its own portfolio.

Other news stories in this issue:

Will analog go fab-lite?

As digital integrated-device manufacturers increasingly turn to foundries for their production needs, with some announcing they will no longer build fabs, an inevitable question arises: Will the big analog IDMs follow the same path and move toward fab-lite or even fabless strategies? The analog vendors say no. The foundries say yes. The truth appears to be somewhere in the middle.

Salary Survey: Engineers earn satisfaction

In the greater scheme of things and for the time being, engineers–especially in North America–have it pretty good, at least according to their replies to the EE Times Annual Salary & Opinion Survey.

Startup treads path to wireless hi-fi

Touting a successful pairing of wireless and hi-fi audio, fabless chip vendor Avnera Corp. (Beaverton, Ore.) today will announce chip sets for wireless audio connections in the 2.4-GHz band that outperform data-oriented wireless connections in range, freedom from interference, automatic network configuration and full CD-quality sound.

Strong-as-steel plastic is cellophane-thin

Nanomaterials are often cited as being up to a thousand times stronger than steel, but researchers have had a difficult time transferring that strength to bulk materials. Now, an engineering professor at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) claims to have invented a “brick-and-mortar” technique that achieves that goal by mimicking the way oysters embed calcium carbonate into an organic matrix to create sea-shells–one of the strongest materials found in nature. The result is a material as strong as steel, but ultra-thin and transparent.

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