Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR News & Analysis 6/30/2011 6 comments The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Thin Film offers passive plastic NVM News & Analysis 6/30/2011 2 comments Printed plastic memory pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the development of a passive array nonvolatile printable plastic memory that is describes as being suitable for secure documents.
SMIC trading halted after chairman's death News & Analysis 6/30/2011 12 comments Shares of Chinese chip foundry SMIC ceased trading at the company's request after it reported that its chairman died and that the company's president and CEO failed to win re-election to its board of directors.
Samsung takes Apple fight to ITC News & Analysis 6/29/2011 9 comments South Korea's Samsung Electronics filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
IHS: Full Japan quake recovery by September News & Analysis 6/29/2011 6 comments The electronics industry supply chain is expected to be completely recovered from the after effects of the March 11 earthquake in Japan by the end of the third quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Neul raises $12.8 million for M2M radio News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments Neul Ltd., a startup company working with Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung to use so-called TV white-space spectrum for machine-to-machine communications, has raised $12.8 million from a venture capital syndicate.
Spreadtrum targeted by Muddy Waters report News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments Nasdaq-traded Chinese fabless chip company Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has been targeted by Muddy Waters LLC, a brokerage firm that has declared a short position in the company and published an open letter to the chairman.
Energy efficiency may require 'cool factor' News & Analysis 6/28/2011 27 comments The Smart Energy Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum addressed the issue of smarter energy efficiency by asking its panelists to expound on the question: What is the biggest hurdle to action?
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding News & Analysis 6/28/2011 3 comments Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm News & Analysis 6/28/2011 10 comments Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
Adesto ready to ramp CBRAM, with Altis News & Analysis 6/28/2011 4 comments Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup company developing conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, has announced that it will ship products this year manufactured by foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA.
Versatile energy harvesting with piezoelectric thin films News & Analysis 6/27/2011 4 comments In a crucial step towards the development of self-powering portable electronics, RMIT University researchers have for the first time characterized the ability of piezoelectric thin films to turn mechanical pressure into electricity. The result has been published in the leading materials science journal, Advanced Functional Materials.
Wolfson issues warning over slow sales News & Analysis 6/27/2011 4 comments Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
European solar incentive cuts initiate global PV market shift News & Analysis 6/27/2011 1 comment Continued government policy adjustments are causing major shifts in the sizes, growth rates and customer segment mix of photovoltaic (PV) markets in 2011, according to the conclusions of three new Regional Downstream PV Market reports issued by Solarbuzz. Specifically, European markets, led by Germany and Italy, have absorbed Feed-In Tariff (FIT) rate cuts of up to one-third between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011.
Freescale's makeover: How's it look? News & Analysis 6/26/2011 32 comments CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
NIST materials scientist awarded Kyoto Prize News & Analysis 6/24/2011 2 comments The Kyoto Prize winners this year include material scientists pioneer John Cahn, now an emeritus Fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST). Cahn's numerous contributions to the science of metallurgical alloys--including the co-authorship of the seminal paper explaining quasicrystals--are widely used in semiconductors, renewable energy, robotics, medicine and transportation.
Accenture to do Windows development for Nokia News & Analysis 6/24/2011 22 comments Mobile phone maker Nokia Oy and Accenture plc have finalized their agreement to outsource Symbian software development and support to Accenture. At the same time Accenture said it will retrain and redeploy transferred staff while providing Microsoft-related services to Nokia through Avanade, a majority-owned technology services company.
Power transistor market set to grow 9% in 2011 News & Analysis 6/24/2011 6 comments The global market for power transistors is set to reach $13.1 billion in 2011, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc., an increase of 9 percent over 2010, which itself was a 44 percent increase over the market in 2009.
Doubling shipments boosts Imagination profits News & Analysis 6/24/2011 2 comments The number of chips that shipped containing graphics and other cores from licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc annually almost doubled in the financial year to April 30, causing a jump in revenue and profit.
CEA calls for signing Declaration of Innovation News & Analysis 6/24/2011 2 comments In a dramatic move to reinvigorate the U.S. economy thru ingenuity and innovation Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, offered his Declaration of Innovation at CE Week here.
Micron's sales fall short of estimates News & Analysis 6/24/2011 4 comments Memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported revenue for its fiscal third quarter that fell below analysts' expectations as the company posted sequential declines in sales for both DRAM and NAND flash memory.
House passes patent reform bill News & Analysis 6/23/2011 22 comments The U.S. House of Representatives passed a patent reform bill by a vote of 304-117, the last major hurdle in revamping the U.S. patent system.
Nvidia quit PC benchmarking consortium, too News & Analysis 6/23/2011 9 comments Nvidiay left PC benchmarking consortium Business Applications Performance Corp., the organization now engaged in a war of words with Advanced Micro Devices after AMD exited the group earlier this week.
Updated: India again seeks help with fabs News & Analysis 6/23/2011 42 comments The so-called Empowered Committee, set up by the Indian government to get the country into chip manufacturing, has prepared an advertisement inviting potential technology providers and financial investors to make a preliminary expression of interest in setting up semiconductor wafer fabs in India.
JTAG sponsors EU student mission to the Moon News & Analysis 6/23/2011 1 comment Boundary-scan specialist JTAG Technologies (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) said it has agreed to donate its boundary-scan hardware, software and technical support to the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project.
ST-Ericsson tips restructuring plan News & Analysis 6/23/2011 2 comments ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson AB, has said it will implement cost savings to reduce annualized costs by about $120 million by the end of 2012. Up to 500 jobs are expected to be affected on a staff roster of about 6,700.
Analog startup goes old school, gets funding News & Analysis 6/23/2011 21 comments An analog IC startup with a seasoned management team and a throwback business model emerged to disclose the receipt of $12 million in series A venture capital funding and announce new analog comparator products.
PCI Express takes on Thunderbolt News & Analysis 6/22/2011 19 comments The PCI Special Interest Group will launch an effort in July to create a cabled version of PCI Express that will take on the Thunderbolt interconnect developed by Intel.
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.