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Video: EDA eyes new opportunities for growth
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Opportunities for EDA to generate more revenue from outside the semiconductor industry frequently surfaced in discussion at this year's Design Automation Conference, with executives suggesting that EDA could play in markets including medical devices, military/aerospace, automotive and clean energy technology.
Handset shipments returned to growth in Q2, says iSuppli
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Second quarter global handset shipments increased 4.7 percent in the second quarter, marking the first sequential growth since the second quarter of 2008, according to market research firm iSuppli.
SEMI suffers another layoff
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The SEMI trade group has suffered another layoff.
No death penalty for SiPort engineer
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Jing Hua Wu, who was accused of murdering three executives at SiPort Inc., will not face the death penalty if convicted.
IR agrees to $90 million class action settlement
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International Rectifier has reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit for $90 million, the company said.
Graphene nanoribbons lower power, cooler than copper
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7/31/2009   1 comment
Graphene nanoribbons below 20-nanometer widths will carry 1000-times more current, and run up to 12-time cooler, than copper interconnects according to carbon semiconductor researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Change of plan and CEO at Air Semiconductor
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Fabless chip company Air Semiconductor Ltd. (Swindon, England) has received additional funding from Pond Venture Partners to complete development of its GPS chip and to strengthen its intellectual property portfolio. The company has replaced its top executive as part of a re-organization.
GlobalFoundries, ST, NXP lead weekly story ranking
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Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, July 26, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, July 31. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
PPLN chips enable high-volume green laser production
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Crystal Technology (CTI, a subsidiary of EPCOS) has launched PPLN (periodically poled lithium niobate) chips for the generation of green laser light from a conventional semiconductor laser source.
Seven reasons why VLSI's Hutcheson is upbeat AND worried
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7/31/2009   1 comment
Here's why one IC analyst is upbeat and worried.
AMD, HP propose extensions for PCI Express 3.0
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Researchers from Advanced Micro Devices and Hewlett-Packard have written two extensions to the PCI Express 3.0 specification which aims to enable lower cost chips that could support multiple protocols and reduce processor overhead.
SEMI hails European communication on 'high-tech' industry
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SEMI has claimed that its campaign for greater recognition of, and support for, chip manufacturing in Europe is paying off. Evidence for this will come Sept. 23, SEMI said, when it expects the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise & Industry will produce a communication recognizing the importance of "Enabling High-Tech" industries.
Globalfoundries more advanced than TSMC, analyst says
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In the competitive foundry landscape, Globalfoundries might be not a leader in terms of volume, but in any case it is a leader in terms of technology, finds Gartner analyst Bob Johnson.
Wolfson Q2 sales up 32% sequentially
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Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland), a supplier of mixed-signal circuits for consumer electronics, made an operating loss of $2.4 million on second quarter revenue that reached $33.2 million, a rise of 32 percent sequentially but down 38 percent from Q2 2008.
Head unit increasingly resembles PC, iSuppli finds
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7/31/2009   1 comment
Economic pressure and customers' requirements will urge car manufacturers to look at the PC market when meeting design decisions for future head units, predicts market researcher iSuppli. Thus, the differentiating features move into the software — with some interesting consequences.
NXP names head of US identification business
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Dutch chip manufacturer NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has appointed Anthony Sabetti as senior director for business development, strategy marketing for the identification (ID) business in North America.
Silicon Valley, Wall Street meet at interconnect event
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The Hot Interconnects conference will move from its longstanding home on the Stanford campus to Lower Manhattan next month as organizers try to bring together Silicon Valley technologists and bleeding edge systems users on Wall Street, in part to debate the competition between 10 Gbit Ethernet and Infiniband.
Asyst sells assets to three companies
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Ending perhaps the last chapter in a painful saga, Asyst Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell its entire assets to three companies: Crossing Automation Inc., Murata Machinery Ltd. and the Peer Group.
Climbers, descenders seen in Q2 IC rankings
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A rebound in chip sales for the second quarter has caused a major change in the overall IC rankings in the period, according to IC Insights Inc.
Kappos sketches out plans for patent office
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7/30/2009   1 comment
David J. Kappos, nominated by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, pledged to "refashion the patent examination process" and improve funding for the patent office in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
ARC in take-over talks
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ARC International plc (St, Albans, England), a licensor of configurable processor cores, has confirmed that it is in discussions which may result in an offer being made for the company. ARC made a regulatory announcement after its share price started on climb on Wednesday (July 29).
Imagination considers growth by acquisition
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Multimedia core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) is on the look out to grow by acquisition, as well as organically, according to Tony King-Smith, vice president of marketing.
Nissan provides e-car technical details
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Japanese car maker Nissan plans to introduce its electric volume vehicle for 2010 production start. The OEM already offered a glimpse to the car's electric drive and internal IT systems. Surprise: The driving range is 160 km — not bad to start with.
Karlsruhe tram-train runs field trial on Ni-Cd battery system
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The pioneering Stadtbahn Karlsruhe tram-train network in Germany has completed an extended field trial with a Saft MATRICS MRX battery system to demonstrate the potential reliability, performance and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) advantages offered by using specialised rechargeable nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries in a light rail application.
TSMC raises capex, yields up in strong Q1
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) posted strong results in the second quarter and raised its capital spending for 2009.
Micron rolls DDR3 LRDIMM
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Micron Technology Inc. said that it has rolled out the industry's first DDR3 load-reduced, dual-inline memory module (LRDIMM).
DAC attendance spots recessionary times
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Preliminary attendace figures at this year's Design Automation Conference show an increase in total conference and exhibit attendance by 12 percent over last year's DAC held in Anaheim, Calif. and by three percent over the 2007 San Diego event.
ST, Stollmann partner to deliver turnkey NFC solutions
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STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and communications software development house Stollmann GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) announced they have teamed to deliver turnkey NFC (Near Field Communication) interface solutions, complete with the necessary hardware and software components.
GlobalFoundries could be the elusive Eurofoundry, and more
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7/30/2009   1 comment
If Infineon could be persuaded to follow ST and switch outsourced IC manufacturing to GlobalFoundries in Dresden, we would some of the way along the path to creating a Eurofoundry that would keep advanced digital CMOS manufacturing in Europe, albeit with the help of Abu-Dhabian petrodollars.
Motorola Q2 net profit up on cost cutting but sales fall
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Motorola Inc.'s net income rose sharply in the second quarter on falling costs and improved operating margins although sales continued to decline and market share in the wireless handset division eroded further.
Continental just keeps afloat in 1H09
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Automotive tier one Continental AG has managed to just keep its adjusted operating figures positive in the first half of the year, but under the bottom line the company made a hefty loss. The outlook is very cautious.
ST sees positive backlog indicators for Q4
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In a commentary of financial results for the first half of fiscal year 2009, European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) expressed optimism as it expects demand to recover in the second half of 2009.
Chances dwindle for Apollo's Infineon investment, paper says
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The likelihood that private equity investor Apollo Global Management LLC could take a minority share at still loss-making chip maker Infineon are vanishing, reveals Financial Time Deutschland (FTD).
Final curtain falls for Qimonda
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7/30/2009   1 comment
Insolvent DRAM manufacturer Qimonda AG's Dresden fab, which has been set into a 'sleep mode' in April, will be switched off for good by the end of the year. In his search for an investor, insolvency administrator Michael Jaffé hoists the white flag.
Soitec, Corning to develop substrates for OLED mobile displays
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Soitec SA (Bernin, France) and Corning Inc. (Corning, N.Y.) have concluded an agreement in a view to develop advanced substrates for the flat panel mobile display market.
Nvidia chief scientist to EDA: Give us power tools
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Nvidia's chief scientist told the EDA community that chip designers need new tools to usher in a new era of computing, moving to "throughput computing" from an era of "denial architecture" that has seen the semiconductor industry squeeze more performance out of single-thread processors thanks to software.
Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy
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Mentor Graphics has expanded its position in embedded software with the unveiling of its Android and Linux strategy at the Design Automation Conference here.
From incredible images to Flitter Fairies
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Artist paints himself invisible, landing on the moon today, alternative search engines, sandwich thieves, flitter fairies, Thingamakit audio synthesizer, more...
Intel hits reset button, tips growth drivers
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7/30/2009   1 comment
Bruised by a setback or two, Intel Corp. is hitting what some observers believe is the ''reset button.''
Cadence Q2 net hurt by falling sales, charges
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Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s net loss worsened in the second quarter on a 32 percent decline in sales even as the company intensified reorganization activities aimed at restoring it to profitability.
Fab tool vendors see better results
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Business is improving in IC equipment--finally.
Panel: Future job prospects bright for EDA pros
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Amid concerns that EDA may be permanently shrinking, technical professionals with EDA experience nevertheless have good future job prospects, according to members of a career-oriented panel discussion at the Design Automation Conference.
Shortages seen for DDR3 SDRAM
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Don't look now, but there are DDR3 SDRAM shortages in the market right now.
News from DAC: Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy
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The latest news from the 46th Design Automation Conference, including an announcment from Magma Design Automation that its independent auditor has formally raised questions about the company's ongoing viability.
DFM debated as a 'weapon of mass design'
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The more than abused DFM acronym reared its ugly head again at a leading design engineering forum. The consensus is that Design for Manufacturing has its place in the chip design world, but basically it's a crapshoot.
IC-packaging houses see better results
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Major IC-packaging houses are staging a comeback amid the downturn.
Orolia acquiert le Breton Kannad
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Après Pendulum et Spectracom, c'est au tour de Kannad SAS de passer sous la coupe d'Orolia SA, groupe spécialisé dans les systèmes de timing, de synchronisation et de positionnement de haute précision. La transaction, estimée à 10 millions d'euros payables en actions, devrait être finalisée en septembre 2009.
Intel exec speaks out on PC, netbooks and economy
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Intel's Sean Maloney talks of PC, netbooks and economy.
Intel invests in five cleantech startups
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Intel Corp. has expanded its new energy initiative by investing in five startups.
GlobalFoundries to earn significant portion of ST outsourcing
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It is now official. STMicroelectronics NV is GlobalFoundries' first strategic customer and will devote a significant portion of its outsourcing to the chip manufacturing service provider, ST told EE Times Europe.
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