HSA recruits Arteris, Sonics News & Analysis 8/31/2012 6 comments The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation, a group formed to advance technology standards for multicore processing, has recruited six additional member companies, including two suppliers of network-on-chip intellectual property to its ranks; Arteris and Sonics.
Tokyo court hands Samsung a win over Apple News & Analysis 8/31/2012 13 comments A Tokyo court has found Samsung not guilty of infringing Apple's intellectual property, in contrast to a jury decision and a $1.05 billion damage award in Apple's favor in a California court last week.
Formosa Plastics bails out DRAM subsidiaries News & Analysis 8/30/2012 2 comments Formosa Plastics Group, parent of Nanya Technology Corp., has put together a bail-out plan worth about $1 billion to keep the loss-making DRAM maker from delisting from the Taiwan stock exchange, according to local reports.
Intel energizes wireless charging effort News & Analysis 8/30/2012 9 comments Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology to make transmitter and receiver ICs to implement Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology.
Verizon pre-certifies Altair LTE chip News & Analysis 8/29/2012 2 comments Verizon Wireless pre-certified Altair Semiconductor’s FourGee 3100/6200 LTE chipset, representing the first time that Verizon certified an LTE chip vs. a device.
Report: TSMC rebuffs Apple, Qualcomm News & Analysis 8/29/2012 31 comments Apple and Qualcomm have each offered more than a $1 billion to foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to obtain a dedicated supply of processor chips, and both their offers have been rejected, according to a Bloomberg report.
Top 10 chip vendors hurt by weak Q2 News & Analysis 8/29/2012 5 comments Six of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers booked chip sales in the second quarter that were lower than the second quarter of 2011, with overall chip sales declining 3 percent year-over-year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
AMD reports progress in cores, SoCs, APIs News & Analysis 8/29/2012 2 comments The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture group could finish “within months” the first draft of a new API, said Mark Papermaster (pictured), AMD's CTO in an interview at Hot Chips.
Western Digital back on top of hard disk drive heap News & Analysis 8/28/2012 3 comments Western Digital regained the top spot among hard disk drive suppliers in the second quarter, six months after falling behind rival Seagate Technology in the wake of flooding in Thailand that forced several facility closures, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Making every TV 'smart' News & Analysis 8/28/2012 8 comments Hillcrest Labs announced a downsized version of its motion processing algorithms that can run on an 8-bit microcontroller inside a television remote control, offering the potential to make any TV a "smart" TV.
TSMC joins multibeam mask-writing club News & Analysis 8/28/2012 2 comments Leading foundry chip maker TSMC has joined a multibeam mask writer development consortium hosted by Austria's IMS Nanofabrication. TSMC joins founder members Dai Nippon Printing, Intel, and Photronics.
STATS ChipPAC qualifies TSV process News & Analysis 8/28/2012 Post a comment Singaporean chip packaging and test company STATS ChipPAC Ltd. has announced it has "qualified" 300-mm mid- and back-end manufacturing using a through-silicon-via (TSV) process allowing it to increase its 2.5- and 3-D packaging integration.
Russia backs e-beam lithography firm News & Analysis 8/28/2012 2 comments Rusnano, the nanotechnology investment arm of the Russian state, has invested in Dutch electron beam lithography equipment company Mapper. As part of the deal some component manufacturing is set to move to Russia.
Intel partners with VMware on cloud security News & Analysis 8/27/2012 Post a comment Intel said it would collaborate with VMware to deliver a platform for "trusted cloud" that combines Intel's Trusted Execution Technology and VMware's vSphere 5.1, platform for building cloud infrastructures.
Samsung to take 3% stake in ASML News & Analysis 8/27/2012 4 comments Samsung Electronics will invest $345.5 million to boost ASML's extreme ultraviolet and 450-mm lithography tool development and has committed to buying a 3 percent stake in the Dutch lithography vendor for about $629.5 million.
Apple awarded $1.05B in Samsung patent case News & Analysis 8/24/2012 40 comments Apple scored a big but not complete win in its landmark case with Samsung, winning damages of $1.049 billion from the jury plus a verdict of willful infringement on many counts. The willfulness count opens the door to the judge awarding punitive damages later.
Research on molybdenum disulfide sparks new apps News & Analysis 8/23/2012 8 comments Molybdenum disulfide, used for many years as an industrial lubricant, promises to become another 2-D platform for electronic devices on par with graphene, itself a 2-D platform for new electronic devices.
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.