Tessera acquires IP provider FotoNation News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Tessera Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FotoNation Inc., a provider of embedded imaging solutions for digital still camera and mobile phone applications.
IBM calls for modeling standard News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The IBM-led Power.org group overseeing the Power CPU architecture is about to start an internal effort to define interface standards to link chip models with simulation tools for cores used in Power CPU-based designs, something the broader industry needs to lower design costs and shorten time-to-market, said and IBM executive.
ASE posts strong results News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., the world's largest independent provider of IC packaging and testing services, reported net revenues of NT$28.976 billion ($901.2 million) for the fourth quarter of 2007, up 28 percent year-over-year and up 4 percent sequentially.
Voltage regulation IC market powered down in '07 - analyst News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment The global voltage regulation IC market, which over the past few years has enjoyed growth in the 10 to 15 percent range, only managed to increase by 5 percent in 2007, to more than $7 bn, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
Nouveau partenaire pour System@tic Paris-Région News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Le pôle System@tic, voué à promouvoir le développement de la branche électronique et informatique en région parisienne, vient d'accueillir OW2, principal consortium international sur les intergiciels libres, pour participer au développement d'écosystèmes autour des logiciels libres en Ile de France.
Qimonda geht in die Distributions-Offensive News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Mit der Aufnahme zweier bedeutender Distributionen will Qimonda seine Diversifizierung in Märkte jenseits des PC vorantreiben. Vor allem im Bereich der Industrieelektronik wollen die Speicherbauer damit vorankommen.
Fate of AMI's Oudenaarde fab under consideration News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Following the announcement that On Semiconductor Corp. (Phoenix, Ariz.) plans to buy AMIS Holdings Inc. (Pocatello, Idaho), which trades as AMI Semiconductor, the fate of AMI's wafer fab in Oudenaarde, Belgium, has come under consideration.
Singapore group to power up Splashpower News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Splashpower Ltd., a Cambridge, England-based startup that has developed a wireless inductive electrical charging system for portable electronic equipment, has signed up its first major customer for the technology, Singapore based developer of converged mobile devices Mobile & Wireless Group (MWg).
Nokias Schließungspläne wirbeln weiter Staub auf News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Die Auseinandersetzungen um Nokias Pläne, die Bochumer Handy-Fertigung dichtzumachen, haben durch die Veröffentlichung brisanter vertraulicher Zahlen zu der Profitabilität dieses Werks neue Nahrung erhalten. Nokia spielt die Bedeutung des Zahlenwerks herunter. "Das sind rein fiktive Zahlen", heißt es aus dem Unternehmen.
Motorola joins CSR's drive for an E-GPS forum News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Motorola is the first company to join the CSR-led Enhanced GPS Forum that has just been established to encourage equipment makers and operators to work together to accelerate development of location technologies.
Nokia's Bochum plans continue to cause stir News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Against the background of ongoing arguments over Nokia's plans to close down its Bochum plant, profitability figures have surfaced that make the handset giant appear in a bad light. Nokia claims the figures are "fictive".
Epcos Q1 sales soar on ceramic components News & Analysis 1/31/2008 Post a comment Passive components supplier Epcos AG (Munich, Germany) reports a sales hike of 10 percent year-over-year in his first quarter. The company saw high demand in particular in its ceramic component business which sells to the automotive industry in the first place.
Sun rallies industry around Rock CPU News & Analysis 1/30/2008 1 comment Sun Microsystems is trying to rally an industry consortium around its approach to supporting transactional memory, a key piece of the puzzle of tomorrow's parallel programming systems Sun will implement in its upcoming Rock microprocessor.
Omron absorbs chip subsidiary News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment In the latest restructuring in Japan's IC industry, Omron Corp. plans to combine and absorb its separate chip subsidiary, Omron Semiconductors Co. Ltd.
Rim Semi buys Broadband Distance News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment Rim Semiconductor Co., a company that develops technology for telecommunications service providers, has acquired Broadband Distance Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Utek Inc., in a stock transaction.
Automotive, applications dominate DATE 08 News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment The most prominent topics for the DATE 08 EDA software conference and exhibition will be automotive designs and embedded application development. The focus shift mirrors the increasingly 'European' character of the event.
HP leads TI in top 30 MEMS ranking for 2007 News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment Hewlett Packard Co. was the largest MEMS maker in 2007 with more than $850 million of trade driven by its inkjet print-head based on its scalable printing technology, according to market research organization Yole Developpment (Lyon, France). The top 30 vendors are estimated to have MEMS sales of $5.6 billion, representing about 80 percent of the global market.
Qimonda bets on DRAM demand beyond PC News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment Memory maker Qimonda saw its sales precipitate during the past quarter. At the company's shareholders annual meeting in Munich, Qimonda CEO Kin Wah Loh gave a cautiously optimistic forecast, betting on consumer electronics to replace the PC market as main demand driver.
UMC's Q4 profits drop, capex down News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment Amid capital spending cuts for 2008, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted lackluster results for Q4 of 2007. On the bright side, UMC began to process wafers at the 45-nm node.
DesignCon probes high-speed signaling issues News & Analysis 1/30/2008 Post a comment As signals move deeper into multi-gigabit territory, engineers are calling for more attention to the rising problems of modeling the interrelated affects of power, signaling and timing, issues that will be debated at next week's DesignCon event.
IBM, Cabot to devise CMP technology News & Analysis 1/29/2008 Post a comment Cabot Microelectronics Corp. has entered into an agreement with IBM Corp. to jointly develop chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) technology for next-generation chips.
IMF cuts global growth forecast on U.S. weakness News & Analysis 1/29/2008 Post a comment World economic growth in 2008 is forecast to decline in 2008, shaved down by growing consumer, financial and manufacturing weakness in the United States and other developed nations that are also battling inflation concerns.
Chinese analog IC maker tips $75 million IPO plan News & Analysis 1/29/2008 Post a comment BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (Shanghai, China), an analog integrated device manufacturer (IDM) based in Greater China, said Monday (Jan. 28) that is has filed a registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of American Depository Shares.
SMIC to build more 200-, 300-mm fabs News & Analysis 1/29/2008 Post a comment China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has struck a deal with the Shenzhen municipal government under which the foundry provider will build new and separate 200- and 300-mm fabs in that region.
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.