Build a military robot, win loads of cash

The Australian government has launched an international competition to build a new generation of military robots.

Apple eats its own dogfood

While rumors fly around the Macosphere over Apple's upcoming $800 tablet PC, it turns out that the chip at the heart of the device has been designed by PA Semi, which Apple snapped up for $278 million in April last year.

Supply problems hit panel manufacturers

Global panel shipment levels are likely to crawl a little higher this year, thanks to high demand for LCD television panels. But Taiwan's large-area TFT-LCD manufacturers are struggling.

Semicon West opens its doors

This year's Semicon West kicks off today and promises exhibits and  technical sessions covering microelectronics, photovoltaics, MEMS and new and emerging technology markets.

Global Foundries wants firms to delay moving to larger wafers

AMD spinoff Global Foundries has issued a call for the semiconductor industry to get the most out of 300mm silicon wafers before jumping to 450mm.

Netbooks start to flatten notebook sales

Intel had better hope it gets sufficient volumes from its Atom CPUs because according to a major research company, sales of notebooks are starting to flatten while netbook shipments will double this year.

Intel roadmap details sneak out under the radar

More details on future chip plans have slipped through Intel's famously-tight grasp.

AMD launches five new 6-core processors

AMD today announced five new 6-core Istanbul processors, three aimed at 2P servers and two at 4P/8P models. The new CPUs include two SE processors for performance-focused server environments and three HE processors that consume less power than the standard versions of the 2400 and 8400 6-core series. Down the road, AMD will offer EE chips that drop their average power consumption to just 45 watts.

Intel adds virtualization tech to five processors

Intel informed system vendors that its virtualization technology (VT) will be available in five additional processors beginning in August.

Solid state drives save money - report

Despite reluctance to buy solid state disks (SSDs) because of price, they can save companies money in the long term, a report said.

New fabric 'can see farther than most shirts'

MIT researchers have developed a special fabric that acts as a camera, and have used it to take a rudimentary picture of a smiley face.

Apple files patents to improve the iPhone

Cupertino company Apple has filed several patents this week which point the way towards improvements it hopes to bring to its run-away success, the iPhone.

Things looking up for semiconductor market, says iSuppli

While market watcher iSuppli has lowered forecasts for semiconductor and electronics revenues in 2009, things will start looking up in the second half, says the company.

Nvidia "stealth launches" two new products

Graphics fabless chip company Nvidia snuck two new products into the world but without the marketing and press fanfare that usually accompanies such things.

Robot learns to smile and frown

A hyper-realistic robot with the face of Einstein has taught itself to smile and make facial expressions.

Vizio doesn't make any of its LCD TVs

More and more brand names are shifting to external manufacturers to make their LCD TVs for them.

Sony falls to Netbook fever

While it has refused to get tangled up with Netbook PCs before, Sony has decided to bite the bullet and release one anyway.

Dell screws up pricing again

Just a few days after Dell advertised two LCD monitors at a tenth of their normal price, the company has done it again, this time with the Latitude E4300 notebook.

Optical transistor made from a single molecule

Engineers are one step closer to developing an optical computer, following the successful creation of an optical transistor from a single molecule.

Whisker-twitching robot rat can work in the dark

You have to ask whether they've really thought this through: using a giant robot rat to find disaster survivors. Victims might just decide to stay where they are.