TriQuint Semi cuts jobs News & Analysis 4/30/2012 Post a comment TriQuint Semiconductor cut about 70 jobs in Florida and plans to also cut jobs in Costa Rica as part of a plan to restructure the company's SAW filter manufacturing operations.
Slideshow: USA tech fest packs them in News & Analysis 4/30/2012 3 comments The USA Science & Technology Festival in Washington was filled to the rafters with curious kids and a raft of exhibits, demonstrations and teardowns designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and other innovators.
NXP today: 'Practically a Chinese company' News & Analysis 4/30/2012 33 comments Rick Clemmer, NXP’s CEO, said last week, NXP today is “practically a Chinese company.” NXP makes more money in China than in any other single country. Further, the Dutch company employs 8,000 people in China.
Broadcom rolls two-port 100G switch News & Analysis 4/30/2012 2 comments Broadcom brings to Interop 2012 next week its BCM88650, a high-end switching fabric that sports two 100G ports and also can be flexibly used for 10 and 40G nets.
Huawei to give Intel LTE development support in China News & Analysis 4/30/2012 4 comments Intel's aspirations selling chips for mobile equipment have received a boost with the news that Huawei has agreed to work with Intel on the testing and rapid deployment of the time division duplex format applied to Long Term Evolution standard.
2012 chip market to grow 7%, says analyst News & Analysis 4/30/2012 1 comment Growth in the semiconductor market will accelerate in the second half of 2012 and achieve an annual percentage figure of 6 to 7 percent, according to Mali Venkatesan, research manager for semiconductors at International Data Corp.
Heliatek pushes organic solar cell efficiency higher News & Analysis 4/29/2012 4 comments Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany), a startup developing organic solar cells, has pushed the record efficiency for organic solar cells higher, achieving an efficiency of 10.7 percent in a 1.1 square centimeter tandem cell. The efficiency was measured by indepdendent test house SGS SA (Geneva Switzerland).
STC receives "trusted foundry" label from DoD News & Analysis 4/26/2012 2 comments The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Canandaigua, NY has been designated as a Trusted Foundry by the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Microelectronics Agency.
Pixel Qi claims it can beat iPad display News & Analysis 4/26/2012 9 comments Pixel Qi, a developer of reflective liquid crystal displays that can be read in sunlight thereby saving power, has announced that it can produce a screen with higher image quality than the iPad 3 retina screen.
Smartphone sales to grow 17% in 2012, says analyst News & Analysis 4/26/2012 9 comments Mobile phone handset shipments worldwide grew 6.5 percent in 2011 to 1.51 billion units compared with 12 percent growth in 2010, according to Will Strauss principal analyst with Forward Concepts. The market research firm predicts an 11 percent growth rate for 2012 taking unit shipments to 1.68 billion units.
LSI, Xilinx, Cadence beat estimates News & Analysis 4/26/2012 2 comments Chip vendors LSI and Xilinx and design automation software provider Cadence Design Systems reported quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations and offered guidance that was also better than expected.
Nokia downgraded to 'junk' News & Analysis 4/24/2012 20 comments Another quarter of disastrous financial results for Nokia last week, with a quarterly loss of $1.7 billion, has led to the Finnish phone maker’s debt being downgraded to “negative” and even “junk” by major financial consultants.
Tensilica aims at Chinese audio News & Analysis 4/24/2012 2 comments Tensilica is banking its future growth on the world's largest electronics market by adding support for China's Dynamic Resolution Adaptation standard to its entire library of over 100 audio encoders, decoders, an sound enhancement chips for adding high-fidelity audio digital signal processors to mobile handsets.
3-D FPGAs enable silicon convergence News & Analysis 4/24/2012 7 comments Altera says its three-dimensional FPGAs can incorporate a host of traditionally discrete components to boost system performance and minimize power consumption.
ST-Ericsson rescue plan underwhelms News & Analysis 4/24/2012 4 comments The plan put together to try and transform the fortunes of struggling mobile chip company ST-Ericsson NV by CEO Didier Lamouche, announced Monday (April 23), at one level makes a kind of sense but also looks like the last throw of the dice by an unlucky gambler.
CSNE helps bring STEM to NYS school districts News & Analysis 4/24/2012 Post a comment A partnership between the New York State School Boards Association and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany will create innovative local school programs that will help students gain 21st century learning and career skills in emerging fields such as nanotechnology.
ARM profits, sales up in Q1 News & Analysis 4/24/2012 2 comments Processor IP licensor ARM has posted yet another quarter with increased sales and profits as it continues to benefit from being designed into market leading smartphones and tablet computers.
Wafer inspection gets smart News & Analysis 4/23/2012 1 comment By adding intelligent parallel processing, KLA-Tencor Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) has increased the throughput of its wafer inspection and metrology tool by as much as four times.
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design News & Analysis 4/23/2012 23 comments Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
Veteran Fujitsu exec to lead U.S. chip subsidiary News & Analysis 4/23/2012 2 comments Fujitsu Semiconductor announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named to lead its U.S. subsidiary and its wireless products subsidiary.
Wireless Products announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named president and CEO, replacing Yutaka Suzuk, who is retiring.
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.