Maxim beats revenue target News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products posted net revenue of $339.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 28, besting company guidance for the term.
U.S. House airs patent reform debate News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment The debate over patent reform came to the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday as a diverse set of five industry executives, an academic and an engineer testified on their views for and against the draft Patent Reform Act of 2009, focusing on its provisions on infringement damages and post-grant review of patents.
IDT posts big loss; to sell network search assets News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment Hurt by a hefty write down, mixed-signal chip vendor Integrated Device Technology reported a GAAP net loss of $719.2 million on revenue of $107.4 million for the quarter ended March 29 and said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell assets of its network search engine products to NetLogic Microsystems for $90 million.
Netbook growth seen slowing when economy recovers News & Analysis 4/30/2009 1 comment Netbook shipments grew by more than 2,000 percent last year and are expected to grow another 68.5 percent in 2009, but this explosive growth is likely to slow as the economy rebounds beginning in 2010, an analyst said.
Developers get access to Windows 7 News & Analysis 4/30/2009 1 comment Microsoft Corp. has made a version of the next-generation of its Windows operating system, Windows 7 Release candidate, available to a limited set of professional developers and plans to debut a broader release will be on May 5.
Infineon meets expectations, outlook negative News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment With sales of 747 million (about $971 million) in the second quarter of its FY2009, chip maker Infineon met analyst expectations. However, the company lowered its outlook for the second half of the year and announced capex cuts.
IBM's DeveloperWorks goes social News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment IBM Corp. is ushering into the era of social networking its ten-year old Web site that supplies technical information on open source software by launching My DeveloperWorks which aims to help IT developers collaborate on topics including Java, Linux and XML.
LSI reports $104 million loss as sales tumble News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Abhi Talwalkar is not calling the bottom, but the chief executive of LSI Corp. is looking for glimmers of hope in his company's latest quarterly results in which it lost $104 million as sales tumbled 27 percent compared to the first three months of 2008.
Cadence Q1 sales fall further News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems posted a GAAP net loss of $63 million on revenue of $206 million for the first quarter. Revenue declined 9 percent compared to the previous quarter and 24 percent compared with the same period of 2008.
CEA will set specs for 3-D glasses News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment The Consumer Electronics Association plans to set standards for stereo 3-D glasses, one of many efforts aimed at paving the road to interoperable 3DTV products for the digital home, a concept some see as the next big thing in television.
Nokia's new 'wave' and eyeSight are no empty gestures News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Taking advantage of Nokia's newly exposed camera API, eyeSight Mobile Technologies developed an image processing algorithm, which translates a mere wave of the hand -- captured by a camera sensor on mobile handset -- into a gesture-controlled user interface.
Chip market stable in March, says analyst News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $14.7 billion, up by 5 percent from the $14.2 billion achieved in February, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
UMC Q1 sales fall; sees profit in Q2 News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Silicon foundry UMC reported that first quarter sales declined 41.5 percent sequentially as capacity utilization fell to 30 percent, but said recent orders point to strong second quarter demand.
Wi-Fi startup raises $18 million News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Quantenna Communications, Inc., a startup focused on consumer Wi-Fi network chips for consumer video, has closed a $13.85 million Series C funding round led by new investor.
Sales, utlization rates tumble at NXP News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is blaming the economic downturn and decreased utilization rates for losses of $673 million in the first quarter, nearly 50 percent less than in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Pre-tax loss came in at $71 million, compared with profits of $183 million in Q1 2008.
ARM sees Q1 sales, profits drop News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) posted a 10 percent fall in sales expressed in dollars for the first quarter of the year as it saw continuing decline in the semiconductor market.
Automotive slump drags Continental under News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Automotive tier one Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) saw its sales decline in lockstep with European car production in the first quarter. The company's automotive group's Q1 sales dropped 42 percent over Q1/2008. However, the worst seems to be over.
Analysis: Chasing Apple, Nokia calls up all developers News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Nokia and Symbian Foundation find themselves between a rock and a hard place. While they have to fight against Apple's iPhone, a closed platform, they'd also have to fight against Google's Android built around Linux designed to leverage its free, open-source community.
Motorola powers Unwired Fiji's mobile WiMAX network News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Motorola, has announced that it has been selected by Unwired Fiji to design and deploy an end-to-end 802.16e-based WiMAX network to upgrade and provide increased capacity to the operator's existing network for expansion of network coverage and capacity.
A planned approach to maximum efficiency design News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Engineers specifying a power supply for a given application may naturally assume that ensuring a generous output-power margin will deliver benefits such as reduced stress and a longer lifetime. In fact, the opposite is true. For optimum performance, engineers should assess the power requirements of the system accurately, and size the power supply accordingly.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times