DRAM spot prices rebounding, firm says News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Spot prices for DRAM chips are on the rebound thanks to production cuts by several vendors, and the spot price for 1-Gbit DDR 2 667-Mhz parts may reach $1 again in the first quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange, a DRAM clearing house.
Silicon Labs : Ethernet clock IC eases frequency conversion Product News 12/23/2008 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories has expanded its Any-Rate precision clock family with the Si5315, a jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC that meets or exceeds the performance, integration, frequency and jitter requirements for the 1G and 10G Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) market.
MKS cuts jobs, reduces salaries News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Fab-tool, sub-systems supplier MKS Instruments Inc. (Andover, Mass.) has cut its global workforce by 10 percent and implemented other cost-cutting measures.
XMOS offers free audio code for processors Product News 12/23/2008 Post a comment Multicored processor vendor XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has developed source code for a range of digital audio applications including Ethernet AVB and USB 2.0. The company plans to demonstrate hardware versions of the applications at the 2009 NAMM conference.
Analyst warns of 'solar market eclipse' in 2009 News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Global revenue for photovoltaic panels is expected to plunge by 19 percent in 2009, following eight consecutive years of growth, as a massive oversupply causes prices to drop, according to a forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
LED lighting to save $1.8 trillion, study says News & Analysis 12/22/2008 1 comment Replacing traditional light sources with LEDs will not only enable enormous savings in energy, cost and pollution, but also herald a new era of smart lighting that controls the spectrum, emission pattern and polarization of the LED lights, according to a study by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
Chip gear recovery seen in second half of 2010 News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment A sustainable recovery in the semiconductor capital equipment market will not begin until the second half of 2010, after the memory sector resumes a supply/demand balance and the general demand for chips recovers, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Updated: Memory spot prices stage rally News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Spot prices for memory parts showed some increases for the week ending Dec. 19 on news of DRAM production cutbacks and better-than-expected holiday sales of NAND flash products, according to market research firm Gartner.
Infineon praises 'generous' Saxony for role in Qimonda bail-out News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has successfully negotiated a financing package for its struggling memory making subsidiary Qimonda AG worth 325 million euro (about $450 million). After contentious exchanges between Infineon and the State of Saxony last week, this week Infineon welcomed the contributions from the German and Portuguese authorities as "generous."
Portugal joins Qimonda bail-out worth $450 million News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Struggling memory maker Qimonda AG announced Sunday (Dec. 21) that is has arranged a 325 million euro (about $450 million) financing package. In return, Qimonda has promised to continue to develop its R&D and manufacturing sites in Porto, Portugal and Dresden, Germany.
Report calls for restructuring patent office News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office needs to be overhauled if it is to come to grips with rising backlogs and a perception of declining patent quality, according to a report the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent to President-elect Barack Obama.
Qimonda, DRAM and bail-outs lead story ranking News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 14, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Cabot buys Taiwanese CMP firm News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment Cabot Microelectronics Corp. (Aurora, Ill.), a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Epoch Material Co. Ltd. for $66 million.
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.