Mentor to proceed with bond offering News & Analysis 3/31/2011 Post a comment Despite protests from billionaire financier Carl Icahn and others, EDA vendor Mentor Graphics it would move ahead with a plan to offer up $253 million in convertible bonds through private placement.
Google joins NFC Forum as 'principal' member News & Analysis 3/31/2011 3 comments The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that Google Inc. is joining the organization as a principal member.
Samsung producing transparent LCD panels News & Analysis 3/31/2011 2 comments Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of a black-and-white type and the color type 22-inch transparent LCD panel, which enables a person to look right through the panel like glass.
SMIC details profitable 2010 News & Analysis 3/31/2011 Post a comment Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. made a net income of $14.0 million on sales revenue of $1,554.8 million in the 2010 calendar year. The company announced that sales were up 45.3 percent from $1,070.4 million in 2009 and the company turned round to a net profit from a loss of $962.5 million in 2009.
Reports: Google could "standardize" Android on ARM News & Analysis 3/31/2011 8 comments Google Inc. may be entering talks with ARM Holdings plc about a standardization of Android operating system for an ARM-based chipset, according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed sources at notebook computer makers.
Renesas sells U.S. fab to Telefunken News & Analysis 3/30/2011 4 comments Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. will sell its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Roseville, Calif. to Germany’s Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC for approximately $53 million.
Report: China's MCU market set to boom News & Analysis 3/30/2011 Post a comment China's microcontroller market is expected to reach $4.7 billion in revenue in 2015, up by more than two-thirds from $2.8 billion in 2010, according to a new report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Why did Anadigics' Rivas leave us? News & Analysis 3/30/2011 3 comments Mario Rivas acknowledged that his sudden resignation from Anadigics was a result of discussions with the company’s board, which he characterized as “very conservative.”
Icahn turns up heat on Mentor's board News & Analysis 3/30/2011 5 comments Billionaire financier Carl Icahn lashed out at Mentor Graphics' board of directors for rejecting his $1.9 billion takeover bid and announcing plans to raise up to $253 million through private placement of convertible bonds.
Samsung, Sumitomo form sapphire substrate JV News & Analysis 3/30/2011 Post a comment Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. and South Korea's Samsung LED Co. Ltd. have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea for research and development, manufacture, and sales of sapphire substrates for LEDs.
Korean wafer maker plans $450M IPO, say reports News & Analysis 3/30/2011 1 comment LG Siltron Inc. South Korea's sole silicon wafer maker, has hired two financial institutions to manage a proposed $450 million initial public offering, according to Reuters, which referenced a report from the International Financial Review.
TI expects chips from Miho fab in September News & Analysis 3/30/2011 4 comments Texas Instruments Inc. has said its wafer fab in Miho, Japan, is on schedule for a return to full production by mid-July — meaning chips shipments in September — while its fab in Aizu is on track for full production by mid-April or earlier.
World's smallest MEMS mic debuts News & Analysis 3/30/2011 10 comments Akustica, acquired by Bosch in 2009, announced what it claims is the world's smallest digital microphone, its AKU230 which consumes only 700 square microns.
Cisco makes Nexus 7000 speak LISP News & Analysis 3/30/2011 1 comment Cisco released its first software supporting the Locator-ID Separation Protocol, an emerging standard for simplifying the process of finding Internet addresses.
Five predictions following Japan quake News & Analysis 3/29/2011 8 comments Bill McClean, president of IC Insights Inc., provides his analysis of the situation in Japan and its effect on worldwide GDP, electronic system sales, and the worldwide semiconductor market.
Elliptic CEO steps down News & Analysis 3/29/2011 1 comment Elliptic Technologies Inc., a provider of security semiconductor IP and software, has announced the appointment of Vijay Dube as the company’s president and chief executive.
Synopsys preps 'surge' verification via cloud News & Analysis 3/29/2011 1 comment Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus said the company would leverage the power of cloud computing to offer verification services on a massive scale by putting hundreds or even thousands of computers to work at one time on verifying customer designs using its VCS Verilog compiled code simulator.
Java father Gosling joins Google News & Analysis 3/29/2011 8 comments In a sign that Google is still the place to be for a software developer, James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language, has joined the search giant.
EDA growth hit double-digits again in Q4 News & Analysis 3/29/2011 Post a comment EDA revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 totaled nearly $1.51 billion, up 15 percent compared with the third quarter and up 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium.
ESA enables students to fly experiments in microgravity flights News & Analysis 3/29/2011 Post a comment The Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that four teams of university students have been selected for the 'Fly Your Thesis!' program. They will be able to fly their experiments in microgravity in a series of parabolic flights on the Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft.
NXP announces secondary share offer News & Analysis 3/29/2011 2 comments NXP Semiconductors N.V., the European chipmaker spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV by a private equity buy out in 2006, has announced that certain of its shareholders intend to offer in a secondary offering, subject to market and other conditions, approximately 25 million shares of its common stock.
Fujitsu restarts two front-end chip fabs News & Analysis 3/29/2011 3 comments Operations partially resumed at two Fujitsu Group front-end semiconductor fabs in Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima prefecture, that had been idled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Japan March 11.
Renesas mulls foundry for auto MCUs, say reports News & Analysis 3/29/2011 3 comments Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's leading maker of microcontrollers that was hit hard by the Japan earthquake of March 11, is in talks on outsourcing the production of automotive microcontrollers to Globalfoundries Inc., according to reports.
Teardowns find Fujitsu FCRAM in Nintendo 3DS News & Analysis 3/29/2011 4 comments Teardowns conducted by UBM TechInsights and IHS iSuppli found Fujitu's fast-cycle RAM. It's the first time the part has been found in a UBM TechInsights teardown and, according to IHS a potential problem as a proprietary technology.
Anadigics CEO resigns News & Analysis 3/28/2011 4 comments Anadigics Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Mario Rivas, and its senior vice president, Greg White.
Update: Advantest to buy Verigy for $1.1B News & Analysis 3/28/2011 1 comment As expected, Advantest Corp. and Verigy Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Advantest will acquire all outstanding Verigy ordinary shares for $15.00 per share in cash. The total acquisition price will be approximately $1.1 billion.