Bloated IC inventories seen in Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment After two quarters of ballooning semiconductor inventories in the first half of 2006, early results for the third quarter indicate that excess chip stockpiles are not going away, according to iSuppli Corp.
Test challenges could trump future chip designs, expert warns News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Coming silicon process generations will bring not only immense increases in device density, but also the challenges of working with process and device variations that are worse than for the processes of 20 years ago, Robert Daasch, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University, told the International Test Conference.
Volkswagen presents high temp automotive fuel cell News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Volkswagen today (Oct. 31) introduced a fuel cell type that in some years could fit for automotive drives, the company said. Fuel-cell-driven cars, however would require a complete different architecture for the control circuits.
Samsung develops 50nm DRAM chip News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co has developed a 50-nm DDR2 DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which will increase production efficiency from the 60nm level by 55 percent.
EU helps Israeli researcher develop electronic nose News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Hossam Haick, of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, has been awarded a grant worth 1.73 million euros (about $2.2 million) from the European Union for the development of an artificial olfactory system that can sniff out cancer.
Le "chip boy" meurt dans un accident de moto. News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Derek Jacobs, un génie informatique qui avait été l’un des premiers humains à se faire greffer un circuit intégré, est décédé le 30 septembre dans un accident de moto à l’âge de 18 ans. En 2002, Derek Jacobs s’était fait implanter une puce sous la peau à titre expérimental. Le "code-barres humains" avait ainsi acquis dans la presse un statut de "jeune pionnier" de l'informatique.
ARM drawn into lawsuit with processor technology licensor News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Processor technology licensor ARM Holdings plc has disclosed that in September 2006 it intervened in patent litigation between Technology Properties Limited Inc. (TPL) and certain companies in the Fujitsu, Matsushita, NEC and Toshiba groups of companies and became a defendant in their court cases.
Thermal interfaces are silicon-free News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Gore Polarchip SF3000 thermal interface material is a soft silicone-free thermal gap pad that eliminates the problems of silicone outgassing and silicone oil migration
Le poids croissant du LCD sur les marchés de l'électronique News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment L’expansion des téléviseurs LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) va entraîner des conséquences sur l’ensemble de l’industrie de l’électronique, annonce Jonathan Cassell, directeur éditorial du groupe d’études de marché iSuppliCorp. En effet, l’augmentation spectaculaire des ventes d’écrans LCD entraînera un besoin croissant de semi-conducteurs, qui sont plus nombreux dans les téléviseurs LCD que dans les appareils analogiques. Le poids des LCD dans le marché des semi-conducteurs devrait donc s’accroître
Elmos-Gewinn wieder auf Wachstumskurs News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Elmos hat im dritten Quartal wieder deutlich besser verdient, nachdem im zweiten Quartal der Anlauf einer neuen Chipfertigung auf die Gewinne gedrückt hatte. Der Umsatz erreichte mit 41,4 Millionen Euro eine neue Rekordmarke.
ARM7 flash MCUs support GByte-plus SDRAM, NAND Flash and CompactFlash News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has added three microcontrollers to its SAM7 family of ARM7-based USB MCUs. Available in Flash memory densities of 32-, 256-, and 512-Kbytes, SAM7SE microcontrollers include an external bus interface (EBI) that provides access to massive amounts of external NAND Flash, SDRAM, CompactFlash, SRAM and ROM storage.
TCL turns off TV business in Europe News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Group will exit the European TV market, hoping to staunch losses in the region. The decision will cost it 45 million euros in restructuring charges.
Agere profits jump on strong margin improvement News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Agere Systems Inc. today posted strong fiscal fourth quarter revenue and net income, beating analysts' consensus estimate on a surge in sales into the consumer and storage markets.
The communications and networking chip maker also announced fiscal 2006 results showing its first annual profit since being spun off from Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2002.
Energy harvesting will power growth -- but which ones? News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment An upcoming report by Darnell on ultra-low-power wireless components explores energy harvesting and micro-power generators, and is available for sponsorship. The report quantifies the market for these components by application and identifies the markets that are commercially viable.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese companies ready to buy intellectual property blocks are favoring design-ins with soft cores rather than hard cores. This is pushing IP vendors to loosen up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers.
The development is occurring as Chinese companies become more proficient at handling the more design-intensive soft IP, said Chu Lung, president of Asia-Pacific operations for Cadence Design Systems.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO — Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc., which noted that growth was slower than previous quarters.
Chartered Semiconductor invests in Taiwan's Gateway Silicon News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment SINGAPORE — Chartered Semiconductor announced Oct. 30 an investment in Taiwan-based design services firm Gateway Silicon that the foundry said would broaden its range of solutions.
The amount of Chartered's investment in the ASIC/system-on-chip design specialist was not disclosed, but Chartered said that Gateway's parent, Macronix International, would continue to hold a majority stake in the company.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment LONDON — ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
Embedded FPGA to reach 65-nm in 2007, says M2000 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Claiming to be already delivering the densest embedded FPGA (eFPGA) at the 90-nanometer manufacturing node, M2000 SA is in the process of preparing FPGA intellectual property targeting 65-nanometer designs. The first 65-nm tapeout is expected during the first half of 2007, the company said.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), has said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
Plug-n-talk system offers low-cost hands-free kit design News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment RoadRunner Plug-n-Talk is the first in a series of ready engineered and fully-interoperable automotive solutions from CSR that provides OEMs and ODMs with a pre-tested and customisable package from which to create a low-cost Bluetooth handsfree kit. The package also forms a robust foundation on which more integrated and advanced handsfree functionality can be designed into new car models.
CPCI flexiswitch leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Kontron's CP6923 is a 6U CompactPCI flexiswitch that leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways. It provides built-in switching capabilities for CPCI installations at an attractive price-to-performance ratio by implementing the latest technologies, including the highly compact Broadcom BCM56502 Gigabit Ethernet switch chip.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
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.