Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon News & Analysis 11/29/2008 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
UCLA develops higher efficiency polymer solar cells News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown the possibility of creating a new polymer for use in solar cells that exhibits greater sunlight absorption and conversion capabilities than existing polymers.
Melexis does not foresee large-scale job cuts News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment Automotive chip manufacturer Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium) does not expect to make massive head-count reductions despite forecasting that its Q4 sales will fall between 25 and 30 percent compared with Q3.
Stühlerücken bei Siemens MedTech News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment Siemens Healthcare bekommt einen neuen Chef: Der Chief Technology Officer Hermann Requardt übernimmt die Position des CEO für den Bereich Medizintechnik. Seine Funktionen als CTO und Leiter der Zentralabteilung Corporate Technology wird er weiter ausfüllen.
ST, INRIA team on embedded systems News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV and INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control, have signed a partnership agreement for next-generation embedded systems.
Nujira touts PA efficiency advance in handsets News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is claiming PAs in handsets that use its High Accuracy Tracking technology are twice as efficient during HSUPA transmissions, and 1.5 times as efficient during W-CDMA transmissions, than the same PA with a standard constant voltage (CV) supply as widely deployed in the industry today.
ST cuts Q4 revenue growth forecasts News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has significantly downgraded its revenue growth outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008 and now expects revenues to be between $2.2 billion and $2.35 billion.
Continental develops car-to-car ice warning system News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment Continental has a system under development that includes car-to-car communications for clear ice warning systems. Such as system would be superior to current temperature sensors since drivers can be warned ahead of dangerous situations, the company says.
Nanotube switching effect discovered News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment Scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Karlsruhe, Germany) have unexpectedly discovered a physical effect that potentially can be used to develop novel electronic components. By means of the effect, the conductance of the nanotubes can be controlled.
German processor firm alleges Xilinx, Avnet infringe patents News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment Pact XPP Technologies AG, a developer of a reconfigurable highly parallel processor architecture, has filed a law suit against FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. and distributor Avnet Inc. in the Eastern District court of Texas, claiming patent infringement. The case was filed Dec 28, 2007.
Alcatel-Lucent CFO quits News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment Two months after top executive changes, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Hubert de Pesquidoux, chief financial officer and president of Enterprise business, has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Paul Tufano, an executive in international finance, will succeed him.
Global chip sales seen tumbling in October News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $22.8 billion for October, down 1 percent on the $23 billion achieved in September, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie ASA in Oslo, Norway.
Bilan énergétique concluant pour Soitec en 2007 News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment Dix huit mois après le lancement de son plan d'économies d'énergie, Soitec SA annonce des résultats satisfaisants. Le spécialiste du silicium sur isolant aurait évité le rejet de plus de 218 tonnes de CO2 dans l'atmosphère sur l'année 2007.
AMD spin-off Foundry Co. sees no long-term downturn News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment AMD's manufacturing arm which is heading for a spin-off to form a foundry services provider, regards the current downturn as a good anti-cyclical investment opportunity. Nevertheless, the company is aware of the challenges they are approaching, said two top managers of the company.
3-D memristor chip debuts News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Memristors technology got a boost recently from Hewlett-Packard Labs, which described the first 3-D memristor chip at a conference in Berkeley, Calif.
Melexis warns of automotive chip sales crash in Q4 News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Automotive chip manufacturer Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium) has issued a warning that it expects its Q4 sales to fall 25 and 30 percent compared with the third quarter. Joint CEO Francoise Chombar said that the company would continue to streamline its cost structure, but did not indicate whether this would include job cuts.
Price erosion round the corner for PNDs News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Fierce competition and commoditization of entry-level personal navigation devices (PND) is likely to bite into the large profits made by makers of the devices over the past few years when sales grew at exponential levels, according to market research group Berg Insights (Gothenburg, Sweden).
Industrial Automation: To date no sign of recession News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment At SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg the industrial automation industry shows no sign of a recession. The industry is in a good mood, there is still growth and the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) expects further growth due to extensive bookings.
Strategy renewal coming for ICT research, says European Commissioner News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Viviane Reding, European Commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media, gave a speech on Tuesday (Nov. 25) at the ICT 2008 exhibition in Lyon, France, in which she said she would outline a renewed strategy for information and communications technology research and innovation early in 2009.
EC approves proposed JV between ST, Ericsson News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment The European Commission announced Wednesday (Nov. 26) it has authorized, under the European Union merger regulation, the creation of a joint venture between EMP, the wireless platform business of Ericsson, and ST-NXP, the wireless semiconductors business of STMicroelectronics.
Cadence exec downplays Connections controversy News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment An executive from EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems downplayed a report that suggested that Cadence had removed from membership a large number of software vendors from its Connections partnership program and defended Cadence as having the "broadest partner program in the industry."
Analog Profile: Jim Solomon News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment As part of the 'Analog Profiles' series in which we dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of the people shaping the analog sector, ADLE interviews Jim Solomon, Executive Chairman at Gemini Design Technology.
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.