Novellus warns of 'incremental caution' News & Analysis 8/31/2011 Post a comment Fab tool maker Novellus Systems narrowed its third quarter sales target to the low end of previously guided range as the company's CEO warned that customers were being "incrementally cautious."
U.S. sues to block AT&T's T-Mobile buy News & Analysis 8/31/2011 4 comments The U.S. Justice Dept. filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, saying the deal would decrease competition for wireless communication services.
Reports: Samsung to pay retirees with cancer News & Analysis 8/31/2011 9 comments Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said it will provide up to ten years support costs for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing workers if they are diagnosed with cancer within three years of retiring from the company. This is according to Korean news reports that referenced unnamed Samsung officials.
ARM extends Michigan research deal News & Analysis 8/31/2011 5 comments Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc has renewed research cooperation with the University of Michigan into ultra-low energy and sustainable computing.
Analyst sees upside in 2H11 chip market News & Analysis 8/31/2011 1 comment Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, a consultancy formed by analyst Bill Jewell, sees some positive signs for the electronics economy in the second-half of 2011, but has nonetheless reduced its global chip market growth forecast for 2011 to 4 percent from a previous forecast of 9 percent.
MediaTek aims at 'partnership' with Philips News & Analysis 8/31/2011 2 comments Consumer chip company MediaTek Inc. has announced it has achieved a design win with consumer electronics company Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and is planning to develop "a long-term and close partnership with Philips."
Cisco, VMware team on network virtualization News & Analysis 8/31/2011 2 comments Cisco Systems and VMware said they have expanded their strategic relationship to create new technology for network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple datacenters and cloud environments.
Electric vehicles to boost analog IC demand News & Analysis 8/30/2011 10 comments The market for semiconductors used in electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles is expected to quadruple between 2011 and 2018, reaching $2 billion, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Analog guru leaves legacy in $85 text book News & Analysis 8/30/2011 21 comments Jim Williams, a respected analog engineer who passed away in June 2011, has made a posthumous contribution to electronic engineering as a co-author and co-editor of Analog Circuit Design, published by Newnes, an imprint of Elsevier Science & Technology Books.
Scopes cover hi-speed/hi-fidelity domains at ESC News & Analysis 8/30/2011 1 comment Tektronix, Inc. has introduced a mixed-domain oscilloscope that delivers the functionality of an scope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. And Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its real-time digital trigger scope for analyzing extremely small signals with high fidelity. Both companies will exhibit their wares at the Embedded Systems Conference, Boston (Sept. 26 to 29).
Dongbu tips specialty foundry processes News & Analysis 8/29/2011 1 comment South Korean chip builder Dongbu HiTek announced the availability of a pair of specialized 180-nm process technologies for creating analog, power, and mixed-signal chips.
A&O power chip firm to buy Oregon fab News & Analysis 8/29/2011 4 comments Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd., a power semiconductor IC vendor with strong connections in China, has said it intends to buy a 200-mm wafer fab owned by Integrated Device Technology Inc. and located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Emulex to demo 10GbE upgrades at VMworld News & Analysis 8/29/2011 1 comment Networking IC vendor Emulex said it would demonstrate new technology enhancements to its OneConnect 10 Gigabit Ethernet universal converged network adapter family at the VMworld exhibition in Las Vegas this week.
AMD appoints former Lenovo exec CEO News & Analysis 8/25/2011 27 comments AMD's board of directors appointed as CEO Rory Read, a longtime IBM exec who most recently was president and chief operating officer at PC vendor Lenovo Group.
The lowdown on Telegent: Split three ways News & Analysis 8/25/2011 Post a comment Telegent did not crash and burn. The startup which distributed $100 million among shareholders and employees was a "success," say former managers and Reed Hundt, the ex-FCC chairman who served as a Telegent board member.
Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO News & Analysis 8/24/2011 42 comments Steve Jobs, the visionary and iconic leader who twice led Apple to prominence, resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded in 1976, alluding to lingering health issues.
Applied posts strong Q3, but sees Q4 decline News & Analysis 8/24/2011 1 comment Applied Materials, the largest supplier of semiconductor production equipment, delivered strong quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned that it expects a sequential sales decline of 15 to 30 percent in the current quarter.
Embedded systems gaining secure footing News & Analysis 8/24/2011 5 comments Today's embedded system designers optimize mainly for performance and footprint, but with the rise of Internet-enabled devices, security has become the third leg of the embedded design process.
Micronas inks foundry agreement with X-Fab News & Analysis 8/24/2011 1 comment Analog/mixed-signal semiconductor foundry X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries and automotive sensor and IC supplier Micronas Semiconductor announced a strategic partnership by which X-Fab will manufacture Micronas products using its 0.18-micron high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash.
Patent suit targets Intel, Freescale, Marvell News & Analysis 8/24/2011 29 comments A company going by the name Power Management Systems LLC filed a complaint earlier this week in U.S. federal court charging that semiconductor vendors Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Marvell Technology Group market chips that infringe upon a U.S. patent controlled by Power Management Systems.
IDC: Server demand to slow after strong Q2 News & Analysis 8/24/2011 2 comments Demand for servers remained high in the second quarter, but weakening macroeconomic conditions throughout the world are likely to take a toll on server demand later this year, according to market research firm IDC.
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.