Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Analyst: Digital camera market plateaus at $18B Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment With the majority of amateur and professional photographers having made the switch from film to digital cameras, the worldwide market for digital still cameras appears to be leveling off at about $18 billion per year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
Magma names user conference chairman News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Magma Design Automation has named Stefan Hamacher, director of central design flow development at Infineon Technologies, as international chairman of the Magma Music users conference set for Feb. 28 " March 1, 2007.
Sensor detects photo orientation Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment SRAM's SFH 7710 SMT orientation sensor for mobile devices detects whether a photo has been taken in portrait or landscape format and automatically displays the photo in its correct orientation, eliminating the need to rotate digital pictures in order to view them.
Farewell Lucent News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Readers of CMP Technology sister website Light Reading believe the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies Inc. will result in more layoffs than projected by the companies, and that Lucent will bear the brunt of the carnage.
SEC ends Xilinx' stock investigation News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally notified Xilinx that its investigation of its stock option granting practices has been terminated and that no enforcement action has been recommended.
Nvidia pushes out graphics IC for iPod Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. is moving into unsteady waters. The company is readying a lower-margin integrated chipset for PCs, while it has also delayed a graphics chip for use in Apple Computer Inc.'s next-generation video iPod line, according to an analyst.
NDS to pay $107 million for Jungo News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Digital entertainment technology company NDS is completing the acquisition of startup Jungo. NDS, which supplies smart cards for digital set-top boxes, is expected to pay $107 million in cash for the company, sources in Israel told EETimes Europe.
Broadcom buying networking middleware vendor LVL7 News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Broadcom Corp. has offered $62 million in cash for LVL7 Systems Inc., one of the few remaining independent developers of middleware for networking protocols. Given LVL7's existing integration deals with Agere, Infineon Technologies, Marvell Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Fulcrum Microsystems and Switchcore, the Broadcom move could prompt some scrambling in the communications IC sector.
3Com pays Huawei $882M for stake in China JV News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment SHANGHAI, China — 3Com Corp. said it will pony up $882 million to buyout Huawei Technologies' 49 percent stake in their Chinese joint venture for LAN switches, Huawei-3Com (H3C). The deal values H3C, started just three years ago, at $1.8 billion.
EC budgets $80 million for organic electronics, says report News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment The European Commission has set a budget of 63 million euro (about $80 million) for organic electronics research under the Information Society Technologies (IST) part of the Framework Program 7 of collaborative research, according to a report from the EC Information Society Technologies (IST) meeting held recently in Helsinki, Finland.
ST demos chip for speedy medical diagnostics News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a prototype device capable of selectively collecting and manipulating biological molecules which the chip group suggests opens the way to cost-effective automated sample preparation for medical and forensic diagnostics.
Autosar software developers can use UMS and SysML Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment With its Rhapsody Autosar Pack, Swedish software modeling tool vendor targets developers for the automotive industry. The product is the first modeling environment that supports the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Systems Modeling Language (SysML).
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment LONDON — Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers.
FEI, which is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday (Nov.30) relating to the planned secondary offering of 8,406,007 common shares.
Mesatronic touts die-on-die for probe cards News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Probe card manufacturer Mesatronic SA is ramping up production of die-on-die (DOD) membrane probes for IC testing, in its 100 class clean room near Grenoble, France. The company is also planning to open an office in China in 2007, according to André Belmont, CEO of Mesatronic.
Cell BE platform accelerates OPC News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment Working to speed optical proximity correction (OPC) for 45 nm ICs, Mentor Graphics and Mercury Computer Systems are bringing out an acceleration platform based on the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor.
Government policies driving adoption of digital power News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment It shouldn't come as a surprise that emerging government policies in Asia, Europe and North America are expected to help drive the adoption of digital power technologies, but now there is a report from Darnell Group to back up this observation.
SYSTIMAX 10G copper solution passes 10GBASE-T tests News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment SYSTIMAX Solutions from CommScope, in collaboration with Solarflare Communications, confirmed that its SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D Solution performed to their specifications in full-day certification test demonstrations of 10GBASE-T technology on 100 meter links held at the Solarflare labs in Irvine, California.
Broadcom to buy LVL7 Systems News & Analysis 11/29/2006 Post a comment Broadcom Corporation announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire LVL7 Systems, Inc., a privately-held developer of production-ready networking software that enables networking original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to reduce development expenses and compress development timelines.
Pericom intros four HDMI switches Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Pericom Semiconductor announced it has expanded its industry-leading high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four new high-bandwidth differential signal switch solutions for multi-source or multi-sink video applications including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box, and game consoles.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.