Microchip’s strategy in a ‘weak economy’ News & Analysis 9/30/2011 13 comments In a recent interview at ESC, Microchip’s COO made no efforts to sugar coat the weak global economy. But he noted: Now is not the time to panic, it’s time to “focus on things we can control.”
Vishay buys specialty resistor firm News & Analysis 9/30/2011 4 comments Discrete IC and passive component supplier Vishay Intertechnology said it acquired the resistor businesses of Huntington Electric for about $19.6 million.
Gartner: IC capex to decline 19% in 2012 News & Analysis 9/30/2011 4 comments Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending will total about $35.2 billion in 2012, representing a 19.2 percent decline from the projected 2011 total of $43.5 billion, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.
Best in class will thrive in new spending environment News & Analysis 9/29/2011 1 comment Recent statements about the U.S. defense budget have made frequent mention of cuts, fiscal constraints and reform, with subsequent lobbying and debate across the national media. Although this is the reality today, and possibly for several years to come, focusing on the headlines often masks some of the more subtle trends.
Deadline looms for SRAM settlement funds News & Analysis 9/29/2011 2 comments The deadline is quickly approaching for companies that purchased SRAM memory indirectly between Nov. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 2006 to join a class action settlement and potentially be eligible to receive a portion of $41.3 million in settlement money.
Crocus appoints CEO for Russian MRAM fab News & Analysis 9/29/2011 Post a comment Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of MRAM memory ICs, has announced the appointment of Boris Omarov as CEO of a manufacturing joint venture, Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), which is being created to run an MRAM wafer fab under development in Russia.
ST-Ericsson augments reality on NovaThor News & Analysis 9/29/2011 Post a comment Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson NV has announced that it is collaborating with Metaio GmbH to support augmented reality applications and capability with its NovaThor chips for smartphones and tablet computers.
Six handset makers back Isis NFC payment News & Analysis 9/29/2011 3 comments Isis, a joint venture between U.S. mobile phone service providers AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis NFC and technology standards for electronic payment.
Bergman becomes CEO at Synaptics News & Analysis 9/29/2011 1 comment Synaptics named Rick Bergman its president and chief executive officer a week after he departed Advanced Micro Devices where he was general manager of products.
Qualcomm jumps into ‘Embedded’ fray News & Analysis 9/28/2011 4 comments Qualcomm, traditionally known for its direct relationships with mobile handset OEMs and ODMs, has jumped into the “embedded” fray, by launching the company’s newly designed “DragonBoard.”
AMD warns of lower Q3 sales News & Analysis 9/28/2011 7 comments AMD warned that third quarter sales would be up less than expected compared to the second quarter, primarily because of 32-nm yield issues at its foundry provider, Globalfoundries.
Avago shareholders unload 15 million shares News & Analysis 9/28/2011 2 comments Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies announced the sale of 15 million ordinary shares by certain existing shareholders to Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Securities, as underwriters in the registered public offering of those shares.
MeeGo gone: Intel drops OS in favor of Tizen News & Analysis 9/28/2011 21 comments Chip giant Intel has decided to drop its MeeGo mobile operating system in favor of the Tizen project announced by two Linux-oriented non-profit groups, the LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation.
Linux groups launch Tizen to fight Android News & Analysis 9/28/2011 28 comments Two Linux oriented non-profit groups, The LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation which include a number of high profile supporters, have announced an open-source project called Tizen, intended to develop a mobile device software platform based on the Linux operating system.
Open-Silicon takes broad ARM license News & Analysis 9/28/2011 2 comments Open-Silicon Inc. has signed a multi-year comprehensive licensing agreement for a broad portfolio of processor cores and related intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc.
Atmel to acquire ADD Semiconductor News & Analysis 9/27/2011 2 comments Chip vendor Atmel signed a definitive agreement to acquire power line chip vendor Advanced Digital Designfor an undisclosed amount, the company said.
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY News & Analysis 9/27/2011 40 comments A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Tower, Presto offer SiGe test services News & Analysis 9/27/2011 Post a comment Specialist foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd, which trades under the name TowerJazz, has announced collaboration with Presto Engineering Inc. to provide engineering services to customers using Tower's silicon-germanium process technology.
Wind River helps Leadcore run Android on ARM News & Analysis 9/27/2011 6 comments Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc News & Analysis 9/27/2011 25 comments As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Photonics confab presents trends, research results News & Analysis 9/26/2011 Post a comment More than 550 technical presentations by the world’s leading scientists and engineers in the areas of lasers, optoelectronics, optical fiber networks and associated lightwave technologies will gather for the IEEE Photonics Conference 2011 October 9-13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel in Arlington, VA.
NRC report urges education in science and te News & Analysis 9/26/2011 4 comments The primary drivers of future economic growth and job creation will be innovations largely derived from advances in science and engineering, according to a recently released report issued by the National Research Council.
PMIC startup raises $11 million News & Analysis 9/26/2011 1 comment Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
Trident to cut 20% of staff to lower costs News & Analysis 9/26/2011 8 comments Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of chips for TVs and set-top boxes, has announced that it plans to lay off about 275 employees out of a total of 1,275 so that is can lower its financial breakeven point.
Entropic invests $10M in Zenverge News & Analysis 9/26/2011 Post a comment Entropic has invested $10 million in video specialist Zenverge, and plans to start jointly selling chips and working on future integrated devices for home networks.
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.