Philips gains $1.5B in TSMC stock sale News & Analysis 12/31/2007 Post a comment Royal Philips Electronics has completed the sale of 800 million common shares in foundry provider Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), in a transaction valued at approximately $1.5 billion.
Europe shows strong chip sales in November News & Analysis 12/31/2007 Post a comment The three-month average of chip sales for Europe for November was $3.67 billion, up 9.6 percent from the previous month and the best performing region in sales for the three months from September to November, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Semi sales up 2.3% in November, says SIA News & Analysis 12/31/2007 Post a comment November was another good month for global sales of semiconductors, with a 2.3 percent increase over the same period last year to $23.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Fujitsu exits plasma News & Analysis 12/28/2007 Post a comment At a Board Meeting held on December 27, 2007, the Board of Directors of Fujitsu General Limited passed a resolution to cease activity in the visual display business.
Micronas set to lay off workers in California, China News & Analysis 12/28/2007 Post a comment Consumer electronics chip company Micronas Holding GmbH (Zurich, Switzerland) has announced it plans to discontinue its activities in set top boxes for television delivered by internet protocol, affecting about 100 employees in Santa Clara, Calif., and around 20 employees in Shanghai, China.
A glimpse into the future of technology News & Analysis 12/28/2007 Post a comment The voice over suggests the pair that made this video are young and enthusiastic. As such this glimpse into the future of technology is more about the vision than the detailed engineering. But as the final scene states: "the future is in our hands."
Toshiba sues Italian DVD maker in patent dispute News & Analysis 12/28/2007 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. has filed a patent-infringement suit against Italian DVD disc replicator ACME SpA in a Milan court. The suit alleges the Italian company is manufacturing and selling DVDs without a license either from Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group that acts as a one-stop shop for DVD patents from nine companies.
Chip art, 3D TV, French EMS lead story ranking News & Analysis 12/28/2007 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday Dec. 23, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Ford: hydrogen fuel feasible News & Analysis 12/26/2007 1 comment Ford Motor Co. has developed an autocatalytic reaction scheme involving three hydrides that could someday enable hydrogen to be pumped into tanks as easily as gasoline.
Intel-ST memory venture delayed News & Analysis 12/26/2007 Post a comment Amid turmoil in the debt capital markets, Intel, Francisco Partners and STMicroelectronics have delayed the closing of Numonyx, its joint flash memory venture, to March 28, 2008.
Applied, Chinese rival face legal battle News & Analysis 12/25/2007 Post a comment Applied Materials Inc. and Chinese fab-tool rival Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) have agreed to disagree over a confidentially motion filed as part of a bitter legal battle between the two companies.
Tantalum caps find hi-rel niches News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment While the bulk of demand for tantalum capacitors comes from the handheld and gaming markets, as designers cram greater functionality into these ever-shrinking devices, there has also been quite a bit of activity in high-reliability markets--including military, automotive and medical--that require higher-performance components.
Digital TV links: crowded house News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment Consumer electronics companies are asking the Federal Communications Commission to mandate that their products be given access to applications and services running on the headend systems of cable-TV providers.
Solving HDTV's unhappy returns News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment Fueled by rapidly declining average selling prices, an exploding supply of content and a vigorous consumer appetite, growth in high-definition television sales continues to accelerate this holiday season.
Under the Hood: Silicon TV tuners clearing hurdles Teardown 12/24/2007 Post a comment Although mobile phone and WLAN transceivers made the transition to silicon ICs years ago, solid-state TV tuners have been slower off the starting block. Semiconductor Insights takes a look at offerings from several companies that have started to offer IC-based TV receivers that will replace the traditional "can tuner."
Valor, Digitaltest partner for assembly, test News & Analysis 12/24/2007 Post a comment Digitaltest GmbH (St. Blankenloch, Germany) and Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. (Yavne, Israel) have established a technology partnership to deliver software for assembly and test planning by offering integration between C-Link, Digitaltest's design-to-test softwar, and vPlan, Valor's process engineering software.
A viral Christmas story News & Analysis 12/23/2007 Post a comment Forget the Wii shortage, says humorist David Benjamin. This year's must-have, can't-find game console is the "Veeblefetzer." Good luck finding one, and Happy Holidays.
CWS sets foot in US, Japan News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment Seeking to expand international presence, French EDA startup Coupling Wave Solutions SA announced it has opened an office in Austin (Texas) and signed a distribution agreement with Anova Solutions Inc. in Japan.
Micromem readies MRAM cell designs News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment Micromem Technologies Inc (Toronto, Canada) together with development partner Strategic Solutions and foundry Global Communication Services (GCS) has manufactured foundry grade fully functioning MRAM cells.
Pixelworks' CEO takes leave of absence News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment Pixelworks Inc., a supplier of video ICs, said that Hans Olsen, CEO and president, will take a temporary leave of absence from his duties beginning Jan. 1, in order to address recently discovered health issues.
French artist photographs ST's silicon chips News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment Considering that technology has an aesthetic appeal, French photographer plastician Valérie Legembre has immersed herself for six months in the industry world of STMicroelectronics in Crolles, near Grenoble. The result is an exhibition, entitled 'Artpuce' (or Artchip in English), highlighting the aesthetic of silicon chips at ST's premises.
TietoEnator changes president, CEO News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment TietoEnator, Finnish-Swedish IT and software service providers, announced it has appointed Hannu Syrjälä as president and chief operating officer, starting mid-Feb. 2008.
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.