Microchip, Chang headline 2009 ACE Award winners News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Microcontroller and analog chip vendor Microchip Technology was presented the award for "Company of the Year," one of 11 winners of the 2009 EE Times ACE Awards. Morris Chang, founding chairman of TSMC, was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award."
FSI cuts jobs, posts loss News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Amid the downturn and ongoing losses, fab tool maker FSI International Inc. plans to take several cost-cutting measures, including layoffs.
Globalfoundries promises stability for Dresden location News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Globalfoundries has promised to continue its commitment for its Dresden manufacturing location as well as for the existing R&D network in that region. In a presentation for the press, Globalfoundries CEO Doug Grose rolled out a roadmap for the company's planned activities.
NXP bond-swap reduces debt by $465 million News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Dutch chip vendor NXP BV has completed a debt swap under which it will retire secured and unsecured debt for higher yielding, shorter-term, higher priority bonds. As a result NXP has reduced its debt by about $465 million and its annual interest burden by $30 million, the company said.
Video: Cisco shows server at Xeon launch News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Big data centers are preparing for a shift to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet and some are interested in GPU processing once standards emerge, said a panel of data center managers who are testing Intel's just announced Xeon 5500 processors.
Albany NanoTech Complex expanded News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment A $150 million expansion at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Albany NanoTech Complex will create $1 billion in new investments and 600 high-tech jobs by 2013, according to a statement released by New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini News & Analysis 3/30/2009 3 comments Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
Intel rolls 45-nm server CPUs News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp. formally rolls out server versions of its 45-nm Nehalem processors, the Xeon 5500 chips that integrate memory controllers and a high-speed interconnect, taking a page from archrival Advanced Micro Devices which pioneered the approach in x86 chips.
Chip market free-fall stablized in February, says analyst News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $14.2 billion, down from the $15.1 billion achieved in January, according to Carnegie Group. This would down by 30 percent year-on-year and similar to the 30 percent fall shown in January.
Applied, Disco to devise TSV processes News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment Expanding its efforts in 3-D chips, Applied Materials Inc. has formed a joint effort with Disco Corp. to develop wafer thinning processes for fabricating through-silicon vias (TSVs).
QLogic converges nets in ASIC News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment The move to merged data center networks takes a step forward as QLogic Corp. formally announces new chips and cards designed for the Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard with rivals Emulex and Intel Corp. expected to announce competing products soon.
Hush Puppies RFID Project News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment Indexport S.A., the manufacturer and distributer of Hush Puppies brand footwear, accurately and precisely manages its real-time stock in its Spanish distribution center in Castellon. Thanks to its accurate information, it efficiently fills customer orders and correctly restocks materials to avoid stock-outs. Here is the story.
Magma CEO upbeat on new products, analog push News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment Despite challenging times for his company and the industry as a whole, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan was upbeat about new products and his company's inroads in analog EDA during an interview with EE Times this week.
Analyst: Nokia could cut $5B in outsourcing News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment In a reverse-outsourcing move, Nokia will stop using external companies to assemble its handsets, cutting a whopping $5 billion in contract manufacturing business, according to an analyst from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
Is DDR3 transition delayed? News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment Is the transition to DDR3 delayed--again? If so, that could be a blow for DRAM makers, which are looking for relief amid the memory downturn.
PC slide slows as Intel eyes embedded News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment It's not a recovery, but the PC market's slide seems to be slowing according to one financial analyst firm while Intel is positioning itself for growth in embedded markets beyond the PC, said an analyst at the firm.
Action urged to help Europe's semis sector News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment European governments and public authorities need to take coordinated, strong and urgent action to ensure the continent can remain competitive in the semiconductor and nanotechnologies sectors, Dirk Beernaert of the European Commission's Nanoelectronics division warned Friday (March 27).
Nextreme claims breakthrough cooling performance News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc. (Durham, North Carolina), a maker of thermal management products, has claimed that it's OptoCooler HV14 product has produced a 60 degree C temperature difference between its cold and hot sides.
SolarWorld to get big slice of Obama boom News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment German renewable energy giant SolarWorld could come out of the industry's crisis stronger than it was before, outshining its peers, as it becomes one of the big inners of the "Obama boom" in the United States.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.