Analyst downgrades Xilinx after sales warning News & Analysis 12/22/2010 2 comments Xilinx was downgraded by a Wall Street analyst after the firm cut its sales guidance for the fiscal third quarter due to weaker than anticipated sales to a few large wireless communications customers.
Teledyne buys Dalsa in MEMS play News & Analysis 12/22/2010 4 comments Moving into MEMS and other markets, Teledyne Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dalsa Corp. for $336 million.
NXP sells off sound division for $855 million News & Analysis 12/22/2010 15 comments NXP Semiconductor NV, a chip company that has been undergoing a strategic overhaul and downsizing led by CEO Rick Clemmer, has agreed to sell its Sound Solutions business line to Dover Corp. for $855 million.
LG to spend $12-bn to turn electronics around News & Analysis 12/22/2010 4 comments LG Group plans to spend about 70 percent of a planned capital expenditure and R&D budget of 21 trillion won (about $18 billion) in 2011 on its electronics businesses including smartphones, tablet computers and flat panel displays, according to reports.
Zarlink invests $5 million in timing firm News & Analysis 12/22/2010 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has announced it has invested $5 million in Multigig Inc., a fabless chip company that provides clock generation and timing products for the wired and wireless communications markets.
Ambarella SoC said to enable 'smart camera' News & Analysis 12/22/2010 2 comments Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced the availability of an SoC that the company claims will create a new class of camera that marries advanced HD camera and multimedia capabilities with the Android platform.
ARM share price soars on Windows reports News & Analysis 12/22/2010 20 comments ARM's share price jumped sharply on reports that Microsoft will use the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month to demonstrate a version of its Windows operating system that will run on processors designed by the U.K. firm.
13 'fabless' chip firms to top $1B in sales News & Analysis 12/22/2010 5 comments IC Insights said that a record 13 fabless chip companies will top $1 billion in sales this year, though the firm defines the term to include one company that maintains its own fabs but gets most of its wafers from foundries.
Foundries to boost capex in 2011 News & Analysis 12/21/2010 4 comments The so-called capital spending ''arms race'' in the foundry business will continue, as leading-edge vendors will boost their expenditures in 2011, according to an analyst.
Seven good signs for handset biz News & Analysis 12/21/2010 5 comments The mobile phone industry looks decent for the fourth quarter despite a lull in the market. Here are seven good signs about the segment from analyst Mark McKechnie of Gleacher & Co.:
UMC invests in smart grid firm News & Analysis 12/21/2010 1 comment Trilliant Inc., a provider of smart grid communication solutions, said that Taiwan-based UMC Capital, the corporate venture arm of semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), has invested in Trilliant.
Zarlink invests in Multigig News & Analysis 12/21/2010 Post a comment Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has invested $5 million as part of a $10 million Series C financing in Multigig Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that provides advanced clock generation and timing products for the wired and wireless communications markets.
VCs upbeat on consumer, media, mobile News & Analysis 12/21/2010 8 comments A slim majority of venture capitalists expect rising investments mainly in the U.S. with most enthusiasm for consumer, media and mobile sectors, according to a new survey.
TSMC to raise R&D spend in 2011, says report News & Analysis 12/21/2010 Post a comment Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. plans to raise its R&D spending by nearly 39 percent to NT$50 billion (about $1.68 billion) in 2011, according to a Taipei Times report that quoted chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Rare earth scarcity gauged by DoE News & Analysis 12/21/2010 5 comments The anticipated study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that rare earth scarcity is critical to the growth of clean energy technologies.
Shifts, growth ahead for 10G Ethernet News & Analysis 12/20/2010 6 comments The Ethernet chip market will expand to $3.4 billion in 2014 with most of the growth and shifts coming in 10G silicon, according to two new Linley Group reports.
NFC poised to take off, iSuppli says News & Analysis 12/20/2010 5 comments Boosted by support from Nokia and Google, use of near field communication in handsets is poised to begin an explosive growth phase next year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
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.