Last minute deals open opportunities for 2007 and beyond Blog 12/31/2006 Post a comment In the week between Christmas and New Year, a semiconductor equipment company purchased an EDA company, and an EDA company increased its ESL expertise with the acquisition of a British company. And both events have given pundits cause for judgments, predictions, and the usual doomsday scenario. I thought the combined news exciting and full of promise.
Reflections of 2006 - Part 2 Blog 12/28/2006 Post a comment At time of the year, we have a tendency to reflect and look back on the events of the past year. I'm not just talking about the most popular stories that folks like you read such as "The Promise of 1080p," but the major trends and developments in the CE and semiconductor industries.
Further delays for SED Blog 12/21/2006 Post a comment Originally, this week I was going to talk about my Reflections of 2006 -- part II. However the announcement today by Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. regarding SED troubles me greatly. As a big fan of SED technology, I've been waiting for quite awhile for this new and exciting display technology that combines the best of flat-panel and CRT technologies.
CES beckons, again Blog 12/21/2006 Post a comment Conventions come and go, even big ones like Comdex, which in its heyday counted something like a quarter million people in attendance. But CES -- the Consumer Electronics Show -- has staying power.
WiMAX: On a roll Blog 12/20/2006 Post a comment The WiMAX gold rush has officially begun. The line for hot-shot entrepreneurs winds out the door and around the corner at Intel Capital HDQ in Santa Clara.
Taiwan's DRAM makers bet on strong '07 Blog 12/16/2006 Post a comment Taiwan's club of second-tier DRAM suppliers is betting big on a strong memory market in 2007, as evidenced by the flurry of announcements regarding billion-dollar investments and deals to expand production — but will sales live up to their expectations?
PowerChip Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan and Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. last week announced a joint venture to build what the companies billed as the world's largest memory fab in the Central Taiwan Science Park.
Slim HD-ILAs and HDMI 1.3 Blog 12/15/2006 Post a comment Originally, I was going to write about Reflections of 2006 - Part II, but I will put that off till next week. Instead, I want to write about JVC and HDMI. Why? Simply because Silicon Image and JVC made noteworthy announcements in the arena of Digital TV this week. And, they are a harbinger of future trends, and things to come at CES 2007. CES will be upon us in about three weeks with many of us arriving on January 7, 2007 in Las Vegas
May you live an interesting week Blog 12/9/2006 Post a comment The week of December 4, 2006 was an interesting week in EDA. From product announcements that improve ESL utility to news about offshoring, to indications of the future of the DFM market and more.
Reflections of 2006 - Part 1 Blog 12/7/2006 Post a comment We started a new series this week in the newsletter called the Top 8, which are the top 8 Digital TV DesignLine stories for 2006. These were eight most read stories this past year, and they're an eclectic bunch. We started from number 8 and number 7 this week.
Help Blog 12/7/2006 Post a comment I'm buried under files, news, product launches, articles...I know the site is online, but the visual helps. It used to be that Decembers were painfully quiet as far as events, news, etc. That's no longer true.
Moscow and its WTO seat Blog 12/4/2006 Post a comment Taking the next step for Moscow's entry into the World Trade Organization after 13 years of trying, Russia and the United States signed a long-awaited bilateral deal last month in, of all places, Vietnam's capital of Hanoi.
Smaller fabs face 300-mm quest Blog 12/4/2006 Post a comment It's a question most of the smaller chip manufacturers must face sooner or later: Is migration to processing chips on 300-mm-diameter wafers possible for such companies, or should they get off the escalator of ever-increasing economies of scale?
Gemstar-Digeo EPG patent dispute update Blog 12/1/2006 Post a comment From the ever-contentious world of EPGs (electronic program guides) and the precarious legality of trying to build a DVR or set top box that does not pay Gemstar-TV Guide for their patents, comes an update I received recently from a Digeo spokesperson. Digeo, you'll recall, filed an antitrust suit against Gemstar after refusing to come to terms with them, a somewhat pre-emptive move that was followed by Gemstar's patent infringement suit. Here's Digeo's letter.
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.