Silicon Frontline licenses fast 3D extraction tool News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Image sensor provider Aptina announced it has licensed the Fast 3D software for post-layout verification and fast 3D extraction from startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. to improve its image sensor design accuracy and manufacturing quality.
Survey shows how users want more on mobiles News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Users of mobile computing and portable communications expect to access more multimedia content over time but are not prepared to pay much by way of a subscription for the right, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, Hampshire).
October's averaged chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Diamond Microwave Devices closes GBP1.3m commercialisation round News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Diamond Microwave Devices (DMD), a spin out from the diamond electronics team in Element Six Technologies (E6), has closed a GBP1.3m equity investment from a consortium consisting of Oxford Technology Management, YFM via the Partnership Investment Fund, The ERA Foundation and two private investors.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
Contact-free capacitive level switch News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment Sensortechnics' CLW series detects point levels of liquids and granular or pulverised materials without contacting the media, relying on non-invasive capacitive sensor technology and allowing complete media compatibility and sterility.
Renesas samples 45-nm ARM-based mobile processor News & Analysis 11/26/2009 Post a comment Renesas Technology Europe has begun sampling the SH-Mobile APE4, a Cortex-A8 based processor targeted at mobile phone and mobile device implementations. The processor is implemented in a 45-nm process and can be operated at a clock frequency in excess of 1-GHz, Renesas said.
LED maker Seoul raises $248 million News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has announced that it and its affiliate company, Seoul Optodevice Co. Ltd., have raised $248 million by way of a share issue.
ST uses Omron MEMS microphone in multi-die package News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has started selling MEMS microphones that use sensor technology from Omron Corp. and has asserted that this will improve the sound quality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness for voice applications in cell phones, wireless devices and games.
Soitec builds growth strategy on 4 pillars, says CEO News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment The end of 2009 is fast approaching, and there is no better time to assess the year's achievements and highlight priorities for the coming year, and even years. At a press conference last week in Paris, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec SA (Bernin, France), said the company has the financial resources it needs to seize market opportunities and has built its growth strategy on four pillars.
STMicroelectronics : LED signage drivers help avoid bright spots News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has announced a series of highly accurate LED drivers with automatic power saving (STP16CPP05, STP16CPPS05, STP16DPP05 and STP16DPPS05), enabling electronic signage such as road signs, advertising, stadium displays, battery or solar-powered signs and similar equipment to deliver better, high-resolution viewing by ensuring consistent brightness across the viewing area.
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.