EU Looks to Cut Power Use

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Today, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced a major research initiative, with several leading academic and corporate research organizations across Europe, to address the alarming growth of energy consumption by electronic devices, ranging from mobile phones to laptops to televisions to supercomputers. The research project, called Steeper, aims…

When Are ‘Investments in the Future’ Just a Fad?

Scattered amongst this week's news on {complink 379|Apple Inc.}'s MacBook Air and record earnings announcements are releases regarding companies' green and/or social responsibility programs. On any given day, every third or fourth release on the business or PR wires that trade publications use is on something “green.” (Here are a couple examples: Advantest Acts to…

Smart Grid Seeks Sourcing Partners

CHICAGO — The organization working on smart grid standards in the United States has a sourcing problem and has invited the attendees of the NEDA Executive Conference, here in Chicago, to help solve it. “We are going to need to supply 15 million smart meters and monitors [as the implementation moves forward] and one of…

Continental Divides

Another wave of environmental regulations is on the horizon and — not surprisingly — accelerating in markets targeted for significant growth in the electronics sector. Specifically, India, Mexico and Brazil are drafting hazardous materials restrictions, e-waste laws, recycling initiatives, and energy conservation measures. While most of these laws are modeled on the familiar EU RoHS…

Getting on the Grid

If you have any doubt about which way the industry wind is blowing, then check out which technologies venture capital (VC) firms are investing in. True, VCs gave us the dotcom disaster. But they (and we) have learned their lesson and are being a lot more diligent about which startups they are investing in. Case…

Accent Closes Funding to Expand Smart Grid Technology Offerings

MILAN & PALO ALTO, Calif.–Accent, a world leader in semiconductor integration of communications and metering technologies, announced today that it has closed a new round of financing of 5 Million Euros from Silicon Valley investor Tallwood Venture Capital. The funding will be used to accelerate development and productization of key communication technologies for system-on-chip solutions…