SPIE: EUV sources behind schedule News & Analysis 2/28/2011 4 comments Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is making progress, but the power source for the technology is behind schedule, warned keynote speakers at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here.
CUDA 4.0 aims to ease parallel programming News & Analysis 2/28/2011 Post a comment Version 4.0 of Nvidia's CUDA toolkit for developing parallel applications using the company's graphics processors includes new features designed to make parallel programming easier and enable more developers to port their applications to graphics processor units.
Synopsys says IP supports PCIe 3.0 News & Analysis 2/28/2011 Post a comment EDA and IP vendor Synopsys its DesignWare IP supports the final version of the PCI Express 3.0 base specification recently released by the PCI Special Interest Group.
ISS: ST's Bozotti cheers for European chips News & Analysis 2/28/2011 10 comments Carlo Bozotti, president and chief executive officer of STMicroelectronics, provided a keynote address to the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe) held here by industry body SEMI, which contained a commitment to European chip making – but only just.
The case against Thunderbolt News & Analysis 2/28/2011 21 comments Intel's Thunderbolt is leaving some people feeling burned the chip giant is launching a new interface rather than giving its full attention to an existing one—USB.
IEEE-USA, others challenge patent reform News & Analysis 2/28/2011 5 comments Claiming it disadvantages small and startup companies, the IEEE-USA and other groups have fired off letters opposing a draft patent reform bill the U.S. Senate will debate.
IMEC installs pre-production EUV litho News & Analysis 2/28/2011 5 comments Belgian research institute IMEC has announced it has installed an NXE:3100 pre-production extreme ultra-violet lithography machine from ASML at its Leuven facility.
Startup rolls complementary litho News & Analysis 2/28/2011 6 comments At the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here, maskless startup Multibeam Corp. will outline more details about its ongoing efforts to commercialize its so-called Complementary E-Beam Lithography (CEBL) technology in the market.
Nvidia, Atmel, STMicro found in Motorola Xoom News & Analysis 2/26/2011 19 comments In addition to a dual-core Tegra 2 applications processor from Nvidia, Motorola Mobility's Xoom media tablet includes a four-chip touch screen controller solution from Atmel and MEMS sensors from AKM Semiconductor, Kionx, STMicroelectronics and Bosch Sensortec, according to IHS iSuppli.
Change shuffles PCB EDA vendor rankings News & Analysis 2/25/2011 8 comments Zuken vaulted to the No. 2 position in sales among providers of printed circuit board EDA tools as the result of a clarification of the firm's revenues, according to Gary Smith EDA.
Security penetrates the clouds News & Analysis 2/25/2011 9 comments Information technology security provider SafeNet recently adapted its encryption, authentication and virtualization security suites to run on cloud computers.
IR to buy CHiL for $75 million News & Analysis 2/25/2011 Post a comment International Rectifier Corp. has agreed to acquire CHiL Semiconductor Corp. (CHiL) for $75 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments.
On Semi to expand Oregon fab News & Analysis 2/24/2011 8 comments On Semiconductor Corp. plans to invest more than $30 million to expand capacity and capabilities at its 8-inch wafer manufacturing facility in Gresham, Oregon.
Mentor beats estimates, eyes $1 billion mark News & Analysis 2/24/2011 5 comments EDA vendors Mentor Graphics and Magma Design Automation reported quarterly results that beat consensus analysts' expectations, with Mentor posting record annual revenue and saying it expects to become a $1 billion company in the current fiscal year.
Applied beats Street News & Analysis 2/24/2011 Post a comment Applied Materials Inc. reported sales of $2.69 billion for the first quarter, compared to $2.89 billion in the previous quarter and $1.85 billion a year ago.
CEA-Leti, spinoff form maskless lab News & Analysis 2/24/2011 Post a comment CEA-Leti and a spinoff, Aselta Nanographics, are creating a joint lab to develop e-beam proximity effects correction solutions for both mask writing and maskless lithography applications.
Firm: Kick out Zoran's board News & Analysis 2/24/2011 4 comments Hedge fund Ramius LLC has recommended that shareholders of Zoran Corp. consent on Ramius' proxy move to remove three incumbent directors and elect Ramius nominees to the Zoran board.
Entegris, IBM form partnership News & Analysis 2/24/2011 Post a comment Entegris Inc. has announced a joint development agreement with IBM to develop and test new filtration techniques for use in advanced semiconductor manufacturing.
JEDEC announces standard for flash storage News & Analysis 2/24/2011 3 comments JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, formerly known as the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council, has published a standard on the use of flash memory for solid-state storage in mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers.
Analyst: 'Apple effect' could drag on Avago News & Analysis 2/24/2011 3 comments Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies supplies only a duplexer to the CDMA version of Apple's iPhone 4, less than Avago supplies to other leading CDMA OEMs and a possible drag on the company's revenue going forward, according to an analyst.
PC processor market to grow 10% in 2011, says IDC News & Analysis 2/24/2011 Post a comment Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell in the fourth quarter, down 4 percent sequentially and down 21 percent compared with 4Q09, according to market research firm International Data Corp. For the full year 2010, however, worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments grew 17.1 percent, while revenue increased 26.7 percent to $36.3 billion, the firm said.
Consortium claims SiGe frequency record News & Analysis 2/24/2011 1 comment The European Union's DotFive project has produced a silicon germanium chip set that it claims has the world's highest frequency of operation in the history silicon germanium.
U.S. back on top in IPOs News & Analysis 2/24/2011 1 comment After a surge in IPOs by companies in the Asia-Pacific in 2010, the U.S. has regained the lead in IPOs so far in 2011 with 24 already executed, according to financial research and services provider Renaissance Capital.
Ramtron hurt by IBM foundry delays News & Analysis 2/24/2011 6 comments Amid problems with its foundry ramp with IBM Corp., Ramtron International Corp., a supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM), reported total revenue of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with total revenue of $14.4 million for the same quarter last year.
AMD's 'Zacate' built with standard EDA tools News & Analysis 2/23/2011 9 comments AMD detailed the technical specifications of the first of its chips known as an "accelerated processor unit," combining microprocessor cores with graphics, at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
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.