Plastic memory firm recruits organic ink startup News & Analysis 11/30/2011 Post a comment Long-time plastic memory research company Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced a partnership with Polyera Corp. , a 2005 startup that supplies organic semiconductor, dielectric, and interfacial materials for the flexible and printed electronics industry.
ASML, TEL to speed up litho cooperation News & Analysis 11/30/2011 3 comments Dutch lithography equipment specialist ASML has announced an agreement made with semiconductor production equipment supplier Tokyo Electron Ltd. to accelerate joint development activities in extreme ultraviolet and ArF immersion lithography clusters.
Toshiba to close wafer fabs, slow IC production News & Analysis 11/30/2011 5 comments Toshiba Corp. has announced it plans to close three manufacturing facilities and consolidate much of its discrete, analog and imaging IC production into three others, as part of a response to a fall off in demand for consumer products from the western hemisphere.
UMC, Kilopass extend license agreement News & Analysis 11/30/2011 Post a comment Non-volatile memory IP vendor Kilopass Technology expanded its manufacturing license agreement with Taiwanese foundry UMC to cover process technology spanning from 55 nm to 130 nm.
Globalfoundries replaces CFO, appoints CTO News & Analysis 11/30/2011 3 comments Globalfoundries appointed Daniel Durn, a former executive at the firm's parent company, to the position of chief financial officer and assigned two other senior executives to key positions.
Tegal invests in Israeli medtech startup News & Analysis 11/30/2011 Post a comment Semiconductor equipment supplier Tegal said it made a $300,000 strategic investment in NanoVibronix, a privately held firm that develops medical devices and products that implement its proprietary therapeutic ultrasound technology.
Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer wins Gordon Bell award News & Analysis 11/30/2011 2 comments The Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information Computing Center has won the the supercomputing industry’s highest honor, the Gordon Bell Prize, with its Nvidia GPU-accelerated Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer.
Android market hack for Kindle Fire News & Analysis 11/29/2011 10 comments While Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle Fire tablet launched recently without official access to the Google Android Market, it hasn’t taken developers long to hack the code and make it work.
Seagate: HDD shortages to last for months News & Analysis 11/29/2011 8 comments Seagate said it expects revenue for the quarter ending in December to be above consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that the recent flooding in Thailand will lead to a shortage of hard disk drives that will last several quarters.
Report: Powerchip mulls fab sale News & Analysis 11/28/2011 3 comments Taiwanese memory chip vendor Powerchip Technology is considering the sale of one of its 300-mm fabs to help pay off debt at the request of one of its creditors, according to a report.
SATS firm takes stake in Elpida finance unit News & Analysis 11/28/2011 1 comment Memory test and assembly services provider Walton Advanced Engineering paid about $50 million to acquire 7,500 preferred shares in a finance subsidiary of memory chip vendor Elpida Memory.
VeriSilicon takes ARM license News & Analysis 11/28/2011 1 comment IC design foundry and custom silicon provider VeriSilicon has licensed intellectual property from ARM Holdings, including Cortex processor and Mali graphics processing unit cores and Artisan physical IP, ARM said.
MEMS enters world of precision archery News & Analysis 11/28/2011 9 comments If you like to go bow shooting, now you can do so with a high-tech measurement system that uses a MEMS as part of an arrow-mounted device which provides detailed information about arrow speed, flight dynamics and bow performance.
ST-Ericsson replaces CEO with ST's Lamouche News & Analysis 11/28/2011 3 comments ST-Ericsson NV, the struggling mobile phone chip joint venture, has announced the appointment of Didier Lamouche as president and CEO, with effect from Dec. 1, 2011. Lamouche, who is chief operating officer of STMicroelectronics NV, replaces Gilles Delfassy who has led ST-Ericsson since September 2009.
Intel Capital starts $100 million apps investment fund News & Analysis 11/26/2011 1 comment Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's biggest chip maker, said it has launched a $100 million fund to invest in invest in software tools and services companies developing applications and digital content for mobile devices and PCs.
Supercomputing 2011 ultimate slideshow News & Analysis 11/26/2011 11 comments Supercomputing 2011 held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Innovasic adds real-time channel to Ethernet News & Analysis 11/25/2011 6 comments Innovasic Semiconductor Inc. has announced device-level support for its PriorityChannel, an extension to Ethernet that is intended to ensure Ethernet is suitable for use in industrial applications and others where real-time responsiveness is required.
Samplify announces ultrasound ASIC News & Analysis 11/25/2011 2 comments Samplify announced a 32-channel beam-forming receiver ASIC for ultrasound machines, claiming it is the first merchant chip available for the function.
EC clears way for Western Digital, Hitachi deal News & Analysis 11/23/2011 2 comments Hardware manufacturer Western Digital has overcome a major hurdle on its path to purchasing Hitachi GST, with the European Union's competition regulator giving the deal a green light, as long as WD manages to sell off its production operations for 3.5-inch disc drives.
Video teardown gets inside iPhone 4S News & Analysis 11/23/2011 4 comments UBM TechInsights posted an interactive video animation of an Apple iPhone 4S teardown that lets viewers click through areas of interest inside the new smartphone.
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.