AMD gained MPU share in Q409, says iSuppli News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices increased its share of the global microprocessor market to 12.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the company took share from both larger rival Intel and smaller players, according to market research firm iSuppli.
IBM warns of 'design rule explosion' beyond 22-nm News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment The recent The International Symposium on Physical Design featured a warning from IBM about "design rule explosion," Mentor Graphics' pitch to the automotive sector and a proposal from a former Cadence Design Systems Fellow on using EDA to study the human brain.
Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
Kyocera to acquire LCD facility from Sony News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Kyocera Corp. has agreed to acquire a part of Sony Mobile Display Corp.'s thin-film transistor liquid crystal display design and manufacturing business. The amount Kyocera is spending was not disclosed.
Target names sales partner in Korea News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Target Compiler Technologies NV (Leuven, Belgium) announced it has concluded a distribution agreement with Seoul-based Acetronix to provide sales and marketing support for its IP Designer and IP Programmer EDA tools throughout Korea.
Rapid growth expected for GaN power management ICs News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment The market for gallium nitride power management chips is expected to grow to $183.6 million in 2013 from virtually zero in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which most of this growth to occur in 2012 and 2013 as technology advancements reduce the cost of manufacturing.
Jury: SCO does not own copyright on Linux code News & Analysis 3/30/2010 4 comments A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
Chip maker asks ITC to block iPad sales News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Taiwanese chip and touch screen maker Elan Microelectronics has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the forthcoming iPad tablet, on the grounds that they allegedly infringe on patents held by Elan.
Novellus CEO: New (and old) IC growth drivers News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment It's back to the future in the semiconductor industry. Driven by many of the same dynamics from the 1990s, the semiconductor industry is set for a new and healthy three-to-four year growth cycle, according to the top executive from Novellus Systems.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Bilski case soon News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Legal experts expect the Supreme Court will issue a decision any day upholding the Bilski ruling that limits business-method and software patents but may call for the Federal Circuit court to broaden a test of what can be patentable it set in that case.
Applied invests in Enphase Energy News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Enphase Energy Inc. (Petaluma, Calif.), a supplier of solar microinverter systems, has secured $40 million in funding, with Bay Partners leading the equity financing.
Intel-Micron JV hiring for delayed Singapore fab News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment In another signal that a delayed 300-mm fab in Singapore is moving closer to ramp up, IM Flash Technologies--the NAND flash joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology--is advertising dozens of jobs openings in the island city-state.
Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
Tanner EDA appoints sales partner News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), has concluded an agreement with New York-based Kelleher Systems for the distribution of its full-flow analog IC design suite, HiPer Silicon, throughout North America.
Still Rambus, but less rambunctious News & Analysis 3/29/2010 3 comments Rambus is seeking to cast a kinder and gentler light on the company's feisty reputation. Heretofore, Rambus has been largely known as a litigious memory technology company. Rambus now wants to be viewed as more conciliatory, as it diversifies its IP portfolio far beyond memories.
IBM demos graphene optical link News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment IBM has fabricated an optical receiver using a graphene photodetector fabricated on silicon-on-insulator substrate consisting of a metal-graphene-metal field-effect transistor with an asymmetrical interdigitated source and drain using palladium and titanium, respectively.
RF firm completes IPO News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment MaxLinear Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.), a provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal IC solutions for broadband communications applications, has closed its previously announced initial public offering of 6,444,100 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.
Analyst, reviewers cool on Nvidia Fermi News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. has officially rolled out adapter cards using its latest high-end graphics processor, code-named Fermi, to a cool reception from analysts and reviewers who say the chip does not have a dramatic performance advantage over graphics processors rolled out last fall from archrival Advanced Micro Devices, although Fermi could make deeper in-roads into supercomputers than AMD's offerings.
700-day payment blights European medical electronics, says group News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Medical electronics companies are often dependent on public authority contracts, particularly in Europe with its use of nationalized health services. However, those authorities are making suppliers wait many months, even close to two years, for payment, according to Eucomed, an industry body that represents European medical suppliers.
Avnet to pay $594M for Bell Micro News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Avnet Inc. said it will pay almost $600 million for Bell Microproducts Inc., its largest acquisition on a revenue basis, as the electronic component and IT equipment distributor strengthens its position in the storage and computing markets in various parts of the globe.
NXP is planning billion-dollar IPO, say reports News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment NXP BV, the chip company that resulted from a buy out from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by a private equity consortium, is planning to list its shares, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports that cite unnamed sources.
TSMC applies to take 10% stake in SMIC News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has applied to the Taiwan government for approval to acquire a 10 percent stake in China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., according to reports.
AMD debuts 12-core server processors News & Analysis 3/29/2010 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices has officially rolled out its latest Magny Cours sever processors a day before archrival Intel Corp. is expected to announce its competing Nehalem-EX CPUs with Hewlett-Packard and SGI among companies announcing plans to use the AMD chips in servers.
Comment: For Apple, litigation or innovation? News & Analysis 3/26/2010 2 comments What is Apple up to? The company is viewed as an innovator inside the circle of Apple aficionados. But does the company's litigious behavior deflect corporate attention or dilute the pipeline of product innovation?
IDT signs up to use Samplify compression News & Analysis 3/26/2010 Post a comment Integrated Device Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a developer of mixed-signal ICs for communications, has announced a joint development program with Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a maker of data converter designs and ICs.
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.