Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Magma names user conference chairman News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Magma Design Automation has named Stefan Hamacher, director of central design flow development at Infineon Technologies, as international chairman of the Magma Music users conference set for Feb. 28 " March 1, 2007.
Farewell Lucent News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Readers of CMP Technology sister website Light Reading believe the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies Inc. will result in more layoffs than projected by the companies, and that Lucent will bear the brunt of the carnage.
SEC ends Xilinx' stock investigation News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally notified Xilinx that its investigation of its stock option granting practices has been terminated and that no enforcement action has been recommended.
NDS to pay $107 million for Jungo News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Digital entertainment technology company NDS is completing the acquisition of startup Jungo. NDS, which supplies smart cards for digital set-top boxes, is expected to pay $107 million in cash for the company, sources in Israel told EETimes Europe.
Broadcom buying networking middleware vendor LVL7 News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Broadcom Corp. has offered $62 million in cash for LVL7 Systems Inc., one of the few remaining independent developers of middleware for networking protocols. Given LVL7's existing integration deals with Agere, Infineon Technologies, Marvell Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Fulcrum Microsystems and Switchcore, the Broadcom move could prompt some scrambling in the communications IC sector.
3Com pays Huawei $882M for stake in China JV News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment SHANGHAI, China — 3Com Corp. said it will pony up $882 million to buyout Huawei Technologies' 49 percent stake in their Chinese joint venture for LAN switches, Huawei-3Com (H3C). The deal values H3C, started just three years ago, at $1.8 billion.
EC budgets $80 million for organic electronics, says report News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment The European Commission has set a budget of 63 million euro (about $80 million) for organic electronics research under the Information Society Technologies (IST) part of the Framework Program 7 of collaborative research, according to a report from the EC Information Society Technologies (IST) meeting held recently in Helsinki, Finland.
ST demos chip for speedy medical diagnostics News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a prototype device capable of selectively collecting and manipulating biological molecules which the chip group suggests opens the way to cost-effective automated sample preparation for medical and forensic diagnostics.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment LONDON — Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers.
FEI, which is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday (Nov.30) relating to the planned secondary offering of 8,406,007 common shares.
Mesatronic touts die-on-die for probe cards News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Probe card manufacturer Mesatronic SA is ramping up production of die-on-die (DOD) membrane probes for IC testing, in its 100 class clean room near Grenoble, France. The company is also planning to open an office in China in 2007, according to André Belmont, CEO of Mesatronic.
Cell BE platform accelerates OPC News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Working to speed optical proximity correction (OPC) for 45 nm ICs, Mentor Graphics and Mercury Computer Systems are bringing out an acceleration platform based on the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor.
Government policies driving adoption of digital power News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment It shouldn't come as a surprise that emerging government policies in Asia, Europe and North America are expected to help drive the adoption of digital power technologies, but now there is a report from Darnell Group to back up this observation.
SYSTIMAX 10G copper solution passes 10GBASE-T tests News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment SYSTIMAX Solutions from CommScope, in collaboration with Solarflare Communications, confirmed that its SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D Solution performed to their specifications in full-day certification test demonstrations of 10GBASE-T technology on 100 meter links held at the Solarflare labs in Irvine, California.
Broadcom to buy LVL7 Systems News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Broadcom Corporation announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire LVL7 Systems, Inc., a privately-held developer of production-ready networking software that enables networking original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to reduce development expenses and compress development timelines.
Broadcom buying middleware vendor LVL7 News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment In a move that could roil the communications chip sector, Broadcom has offered offers $62 million and debt assumption for LVL7 Systems, one of the last independent developers of networking protocol middleware.
Deals down, investment up as VC aims high in Europe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment About 2.97 billion euro (about $3.9 billion) of venture capital has been invested in European startups during the first three quarters of 2006, exceeding the amount invested in the same period of 2005, according to the European Venture Capital Report released by Dow Jones VentureOne.
Le SiP, une solution pour le développement du wireless News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment La technologie System-in-Package (SiP) apparaît de plus en plus comme un concurrent sérieux du System-on-Chip (SoC) pour des applications sans fil de pointe. C'est ce qu'ont noté des représentants de concepteurs de puces spécialisés dans le Wi-Fi, l'UWB et le WIMAX lors d'une réunion de l'Alliance des Communications sans fil (WCA). En effet, alors que les coûts de conception et le temps de développement du SoC gonflent de manière exponentielle à mesure que les systèmes se complexifient, le SiP s
Premier aperçu de l'interface Linux des portables à 100 dollars News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment À l'instar de la PlayStation3 et de la Nintendo Wii, les premiers ordinateurs portables à 100 dollars produits à Shanghai dans le cadre du programme OLPC (One Laptop Per Child - un portable par enfant) ont fait l'objet de la curiosité des observateurs. Une vidéo récemment postée sur YouTube présente un premier aperçu de la dernière version de l'interface utilisateur de l'OLPC, basée sur Linux. Les premiers OLPC devront subir une série de tests évaluant leur résistance aux capacités destructrices
Mellon renouvelle ses exigences envers ASMI News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Mellon HBV Alternative Stategies a exprimé sa satisfaction face à l'annonce faite par ASM International d'arrêter d'utiliser les dividendes provenant de sa participation dans ASM Pacific Technology pour financer ses activités frontales. La firme de gestion d'investissements estime cependant qu'ASMI doit encore mener des changements importants, notamment en termes de gouvernance d'entreprise et d'indépendance du conseil consultatif.
Siemens could face SEC probe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment German law enforcement investigations into alleged bribery activity by Siemens AG employees indicate that so-called letterbox companies in the United States and the British Virgin Islands may have had a role.
CEO calls for mind-set shift in analog/mixed-signal News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The future of the analog/mixed-signal business lies in a judicious mix of geographical diversification and product family development, rather than specialized designs for specific customers, Intersil's CEO told the India Semiconductor Association.
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Schaffner Test Systems heißt jetzt Teseq News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Der Schweizer Testsystemhersteller Schaffner Test Systems hat seinen Namen geändert: Nach einem Management-Buyout firmiert das Unternehmen nunmehr als Teseq EMV Test- und Messysteme AG. Das Produktprogramm wird weitergeführt.
Ny vd for NOTE i Lund News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Gert Larsson, som närmast kommer från det högteknologiska utvecklings- och tillverkningsföretaget Nolato, har anställts som VD för NOTE Lund.
Portugal IP available on IBM, Chartered 65-nm process News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Portuguese analog/mixed signal circuit design provider Chipidea Microelectronica SA has said that its portfolio of analog front-end and data converter IP is available in the 90- and 65-nm foundry process technologies from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing. The AFEs and converters support WiMAX/Wibro, WiFi, Ultra-Wideband and Mobile TV applications.
Siemens now could face SEC probe News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment The law enforcement's agencies investigations in the Siemens bribery scandal indicate that also letterbox companies in the USA and the Virgin Islands have been involved. Since Siemens shares are traded at U.S. stock exchanges, it cannot be ruled out that the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could launch own investigations. The SEC could impose fines in the million dollar range or even revoke Siemens' listing in the USA.
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.