Vishay-IR deal could end or turn nasty News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Now that International Rectifier Corp. has formally rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s purchase offer, the two companies must now chart separate paths or seek ways to revive the $1.6 billion transaction.
Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment A U.S. District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling invalidating a charge pump patent held by Linear Technology, according to a Advanced Analogic Technologies. (AnalogicTech), a provider of power management ICs for mobile consumer devices.
Atmel, batteries and cars lead story ranking News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 24, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Aug. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article
Researchers create quantum repeater News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Scientists from Austria, China and Germany have implemented a stable quantum repeater. The device has the potential to obtain a central function in future quantum effect-based communication networks.
Rofin-Sinar, Manz develop PV production technology News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Laser beam specialist Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. (Plymouth, MI) plans to develop a new machine concept for the production of thin-film solar modules. For this purpose, the company has entered a strategic alliance with Reutlingen (Germany) based Manz Automation AG.
KLA-Tencor COO Kispert stepping down News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment John Kispert, president and chief operating officer of chip gear vendor KLA-Tencor, will step down at the end of the year. The company also announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
Magma reports bigger loss, lowers full-year guidance News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment EDA vendor Magma Design Automation reported revenue of $45.7 million for the quarter ended Aug. 3, down 9 percent from the same period a year ago. Citing a difficult business environment, Magma also lowered its guidance for the full fiscal year.
More consolidation to follow ST-Ericsson, predicts analyst News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment By grabbing a 19 percent market share of the key mobile phone silicon the recently announced 50-50 joint venture between ST-NXP Wireless and Ericsson Mobile Platforms (EMP) will put pressure on Freescale, Broadcom and Infineon and other suppliers with a limited customer base and relatively low market share, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
How 'reorganized' is AMD? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc's reorganization of its entire operation appears to be drawing to a close with the pending announcement of the asset-light manufacturing strategy but questions persist on how much the semiconductor company has changed and whether the steps taken were sufficient to improve the company's competitive position in the microprocessor and graphics IC markets. Will AMD complete one round of reorganization and have to immediately embark upon another?
ChipMOS cuts investment in China News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment ChipMOS Technologies Ltd. said that its IC-packaging and test subsidiary in Shanghai, China--Modern Mind Technology Ltd.--has formally cut its capital investment in that operation.
PDF buys IC fault detection firm News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment PDF Solutions Inc., a provider of yield enhancement software for IC manufacturing, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Triant Holdings Inc.'s fault detection and classification business. The deal was valued at $1.75 million.
Is Sony Ericsson about to break up? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment In an interview with Die Welt online, Sony CEO Howard Stringer appeared disappointed with the performance of Sony's mobile phone joint venture with Ericsson. In the interview Stringer hinted that break-up or reorganization was possible if things don't improve.
July set to end chip market's strong growth, says analyst News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales for July has come in at $22.1 billion, up 7.2 percent year-on-year from $20.6 billion in July 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research. However, this implies that actual global chip sales in July 2008 came in at $20.54 billion, only 1.3 percent up on the actual sales of $20.28 billion recorded for July 2007.
Consumer group licenses Belfast audio codec News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Armour Group plc (Tunbridge Wells, England), a company that trades under the names of a number of consumer electronics brands, has licensed the apt-X audio codec from audio compression specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Schwache Konjunktur nützt der Consumerelektronik News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Während im Vorfeld der IFA 2008 in Berlin diverse Marktforschungsinstitute eine zunehmende Kaufzurückhaltung der Kundschaft konstatieren, kommt das US-Institut iSuppli zu einem gegenteiligen Ergebnis: Der konjunkturelle Abschwung sei gerade gut für die Consumerindustrie. Denn wenn die Leute mangels Geld zuhause bleiben müssen, wollen sie wenigstens ordentlich fernsehen.
STATS ChipPac to provide services for Infineon News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Singapore-based test and packaging vendor STATS ChipPac has entered into an agreement with Infineon Technologies AG to provide manufacturing services for products based on Infineon's first-generation embedded wafer-level ball grid array technology.
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