MIT agrees to tech school at Russia's Skolkovo News & Analysis 7/29/2011 4 comments Earlier this month the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Skolkovo Foundation signed a preliminary agreement to create the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SIST) in Skolkovo, Russia.
FDA defends 510(k) as debate begins News & Analysis 7/29/2011 5 comments Launching a public debate, U.S. regulators were quick to reject the conclusion of a report saying it should scrap its most widely used process for approving medical devices.
iRobot's CEO is bullish on future of robotics News & Analysis 7/29/2011 10 comments iRobot's founding mission is to provide intelligent robots for practical applications, including machines that can conduct dangerous search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal missions, keeping humans out of harm’s way.
Report: FDA should scrap 510(k) process News & Analysis 7/29/2011 2 comments Industry groups are blasting a report from the Institute of Medicine that calls for scrapping the current regulatory process used by the vast majority of medical devices.
NXP grew again in Q2; may decline in Q3 News & Analysis 7/29/2011 4 comments NXP Semiconductors reported a sequential increase in product revenue for the ninth consecutive quarter, but said the streak could come to an end in the third quarter because of a pause in demand from automotive customers, slower-than-expected deployment of near field communications technology and global macroeconomic weakness.
Trident signs IP license deal amid Q2 loss News & Analysis 7/28/2011 Post a comment Trident Microsystems announced it reached an agreement to license some of its video processing technology and reported a narrower second quarter loss on sales that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations.
Small-sized display shipments down except in tablets News & Analysis 7/28/2011 4 comments Shipments of small- and medium-sized display panels fell for the second straight month in May, another data point from market research firm IHS iSuppli pointing to tablets taking over where once cell phones and other consumer devices prevailed.
Tablets, smartphones hit sales of CE devices News & Analysis 7/28/2011 7 comments As sales of multi-function electronics devices like tablets and smartphones rise, sales of single-task products like MP3 players and digital still cameras are projected to decline or stay flat, according to IHS iSuppli.
TSMC forecasts falling sales in Q3 News & Analysis 7/28/2011 Post a comment Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has announced that its net income fell in the second quarter and has forecast its revenue will decline by about 7 percent in the third quarter.
Infineon profits as car woes no-show News & Analysis 7/28/2011 Post a comment Expected problems in the automotive supply chain failed to materialize for Infineon Technologies AG in the second quarter and helped the German chip maker turn in higher than expected sales and profits.
Lam sees steep decline in tool spending News & Analysis 7/27/2011 Post a comment Lam Research reported quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned of a significant decline equipment spending that would cause its revenue to contract in the current quarter.
ST-Ericsson to close R&D sites News & Analysis 7/27/2011 12 comments Mobile chip company ST-Ericsson is set to close R&D sites as part of the latest round of restructuring, according to CEO Gilles Delfassy. A site in Basingstoke, England, has already been earmarked for closure with a loss of up to 139 jobs, according to a local report.
TI touts 3-D packaging technology News & Analysis 7/27/2011 9 comments Texas Instruments said it has shipped more than 30 million power management devices featuring its PowerStack 3-D packaging technology, which the company says offers performance, thermal, power consumption and board space advantages compared with conventional packaging technologies.
Israel offers Intel $290 million to expand News & Analysis 7/27/2011 11 comments The Israeli government is offering semiconductor giant Intel up to 1 billion shekels (about $290 million) to expand its manufacturing operations in the country, according to local reports.
DRAM price declines suggest tough second half News & Analysis 7/27/2011 5 comments The contract price of 2-GB DRAM modules has decreased nearly 16 percent in July compared with June, a warning sign that the DRAM market outlook for the second half of 2011 could be bleak, according to DRAMeXchange.
STMicroelectronics collaborates with Soundchip to bring HD-PA to market News & Analysis 7/27/2011 Post a comment STMicroelectronics is to collaborate with Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based electro-acoustics consultancy and originator of the High Definition Personal Audio (HD-PA) Standard, to bring HD-PA to market by applying their respective strengths in audio system and semiconductor technology, product design and industrialization methods, audio software and sales and marketing.
Former CFO to become Intel's next chairman News & Analysis 7/26/2011 10 comments Intel Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bryant was elected to the new position of vice chairman of the board of directors in preparation for him to be elected the company's next chairman following Intel's annual stockholder meeting next May.
MIT prof pedicts medical device revolution News & Analysis 7/26/2011 4 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created its Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC) to develop technologies for enabling affordable and accessible delivery of services to patients, according to its leaders.
ProMOS to swap debt for equity, say reports News & Analysis 7/26/2011 Post a comment Struggling DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies Inc. has agreed a deal in principle with more than 30 creditor banks to swap half of its NT$57 billion (about $2 billion) of debt for equity, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
ARM sees licensing up in Q2, is tepid on 2H News & Analysis 7/26/2011 Post a comment While some its partners and licensees have been turning in less than stellar financial figures in the second quarter, results from ARM Holdings plc continued to show significant annual growth and increased profits in its second quarter financial results.
Intel SoCs aided by interconnect, IP library News & Analysis 7/26/2011 3 comments Intel now has the tools in place – in particular an on-chip interconnect fabric, an extensive IP library and software – to make a success of its system-on-chip engineering effort, according to Bill Leszinske, an executive with Intel's Atom processor SoC development group.
ST hurt by quake impact, lower Nokia sales News & Analysis 7/26/2011 Post a comment STMicroelectronics reported second quarter sales that were in line with analysts' expectations, but the company guided for lower-than-expected third quarter sales, citing lingering effects from the March 11 earthquake off the coast of Japan and weaker demand from a major wireless customer, believed to be Nokia.
TI says damaged Japan fabs back in action News & Analysis 7/25/2011 2 comments Texas Instruments said t two semiconductor fabs damaged in the March 11 earthquake in Japan resumed production ahead of schedule as the company reported second quarter results that beat analysts' expectations.
Brooks buys another life sciences firm News & Analysis 7/25/2011 2 comments Continuing to broaden the company's scope into the life sciences market, semiconductor equipment vendor Brooks Automation acquired life sciences technology vendor Nexus Biosystems in a cash deal worth $79 million.
Zarlink adopts 'poison pill' News & Analysis 7/25/2011 2 comments In an apparent bid to thwart a hostile takeover attempt by Microsemi, Canadian chip vendor Zarlink Semiconductor said its board of directors has adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan that prevents anyone from acquiring the right to vote on more than 20 percent of the company's outstanding shares.
Silicon Labs warns of weak demand News & Analysis 7/25/2011 2 comments Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories reported second quarter sales and profit that handily beat consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that it expects sales to fall in the third quarter due to weak end user demand.
Firm alleges collusion by SRAM vendors News & Analysis 7/25/2011 2 comments A lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court by GSI Technology alleges that Cypress Semiconductor and other chip vendors participated in a conspiracy to monopolize the market for high-performance SRAMs.
ST gets Air for TV News & Analysis 7/24/2011 2 comments STMicroelectonics has claimed a significant step forward in its third generation TV SoC platform for STBs, with the successful porting and certification of Adobe AIR 2.5 for TV. It enables AIR-based applications to be run on connected TVs.
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.