Report: Broadcom acquires Israeli firm News & Analysis 11/30/2010 1 comment Broadcom last week acquired Israeli image processing vendor Sightic Vista for between $10 million and $20 million, according to the online, English-language version of Israeli business daily Globes.
Semtech rolls industry's first smart current sink LED backlighting platform Product News 11/30/2010 Post a comment Semtech Corp. has launched
industry’s first smart current sink LED backlighting platform with on-chip
digital lighting effects for high-end handheld displays. The new platform
incorporates Semtech’s smart Automatic Dropout Prevention
(ADP) technology for high-quality current sink
drivers that can replace boost converters and charge pumps in high-end
handhelds, while providing high-quality display backlighting.
Microchip narrows forecast News & Analysis 11/30/2010 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. said that based on bookings and sales activities in October and November that it expects its net sales for its third quarter of fiscal 2011 ending Dec. 31, 2010 to be down 3 percent to 7 percent sequentially.
Trio propose new card format News & Analysis 11/30/2010 5 comments SanDisk Corp., Nikon Corp. and Sony Corp. have announced the joint development of a set of specifications that addresses the future requirements of professional photography and video markets.
VLSI cuts estimates for chip, tool markets News & Analysis 11/30/2010 Post a comment This year has been a "two for one deal," with both semiconductors and chip manufacturing equipment cramming two years of growth into one year, resulting in overcapacity and declining chip prices, according to market research firm VLSI Research.
AMS, NXP team up for RFID authentification Product News 11/30/2010 6 comments Analog chip company Austriamicrosystems AG and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors NV have announced that they have developed a reference design for product authentication in embedded consumer applications.
Built-in MEMS resonators beat quartz News & Analysis 11/30/2010 6 comments SiTime is offering world's first real-time clock resonator that can be wirebonded inside a semiconductor vendor's package thereby eliminating the need for external quartz crystals.
Applied rolls fast, 'intelligent' etcher News & Analysis 11/29/2010 6 comments Seeking to lower the IC manufacturing costs for 3-D designs, double-patterning and other applications, Applied Materials Inc. has rolled out a high-throughput, ''smart'' etch system.
austriamicrosystems AS1310 DC-DC converter Product News 11/29/2010 2 comments austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS1310, an ultra low quiescent current hysteretic step-up DC-DC converter optimized for light loads (60mA) and the highest efficiency – up to 92 %.
NIST aims quartz microbalance at nanotech News & Analysis 11/29/2010 4 comments Using a new twist on the traditional thermogravimetric analysis technique, the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a new method for taking Nanoscale measurements of the purity of carbon-nanotubes, coated-nanoparticles and surface features on thin films.
CTO confirms IBM's PCM expectations News & Analysis 11/29/2010 17 comments Jai Menon, an IBM Fellow and chief technology officer with IBM's systems and technology group, has confirmed that IBM believes that phase-change memory (PCM), a non-volatile technology, could scale beyond where flash memory can go and could be of use in server computers in three to five years.
Rockchip, SMIC make 65-nm consumer SoC News & Analysis 11/29/2010 6 comments Fabless chip company Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd. has started commercial production of a mixed-signal ARM9-based consumer processor using a 65-nm CMOS process from Chinese foundry SMIC.
Toshiba to source rare-earths from Mongolia News & Analysis 11/26/2010 17 comments Toshiba Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mongolia's MNFCC LLC agreeing to discussions on cooperation in the development of Mongolia's mineral resources, including uranium, rare earth and rare metals products.
Movea offers $1.99 'air mouse' for iPhone News & Analysis 11/26/2010 19 comments Motion sensing and gesture recognition company Movea SA has
announced its Air Mouse application for the iPhone4 is available for download from the App Store at a price of $1.99. The Air Mouse application enables iPhone4 users to turn their phone into a motion-operated remote control for home media and presentation uses.
Ontario microwave startup raises $8 million News & Analysis 11/25/2010 11 comments Peraso Technologies Inc., a fabless chip company working on millimeter-wave radio transceiver technology, has raised C$8 million (about $7.9 million) in an equity financing round led by Celtic House Venture Partners.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.