TSMC hands out fab tool awards News & Analysis 12/3/2010 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) held its 10th annual supply chain management forum to recognize the support and outstanding contributions of its suppliers over the past year and to award nine exceptional materials, equipment, and facilities service suppliers.
Toshiba forms IC venture in Brazil News & Analysis 12/3/2010 6 comments Japan's Toshiba Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a semiconductor design house joint venture with the Wernher von Braun Center for Advanced Research (VBC), one of Brazil's electronics engineering research institutes, and Semp Toshiba Informática Ltda. (STI), a Brazilian Toshiba affiliate.
Wafer prices dropped in Q3, says GSA News & Analysis 12/3/2010 4 comments Wafer prices continued to fall in the third quarter of 2010 but by more modest percentages than in the previous quarter, according to a survey conducted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
October chip sales were flat, says ESIA News & Analysis 12/3/2010 10 comments The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for September was $26.32 billion, essentially flat compared with the previous month and up 19.8 percent compared with the same month a year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Survey: IC execs upbeat about 2011 News & Analysis 12/3/2010 8 comments Despite a lull in the market, semiconductor executives are generally optimistic about 2011, according to a global survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm.
Magma hits targets, but swings to loss News & Analysis 12/2/2010 2 comments Magma Design Automation said it exceeded all guidance targets for a seventh consecutive quarter, but the company reported a GAAP net loss after posting a profit in the year-ago quarter.
Avago's sales fall short of analysts' views News & Analysis 12/2/2010 Post a comment Analog/mixed-signal chip vendor Avago Technologies posted sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31 that improved both sequentially and year-over-year, but fell slightly short of consensus analysts' expectations.
Mentor, RIM buy embedded software firms News & Analysis 12/2/2010 3 comments In a sign of the rising importance of software in mobile and embedded systems, Mentor Graphics acquired assets of CodeSourcery the same day Research in Motion announced it has bought The Astonishing Tribe.
Plessey in talks over job cuts, say reports News & Analysis 12/2/2010 4 comments Plessey Semiconductors Ltd., the company formed by the management teams from Plus Semi in Swindon, England, and the former X-Fab wafer fab in Plymouth, England, has begun a 30-day consultation over the jobs of more than a third of work force, according to local reports.
October chip sales were flat, says analyst News & Analysis 12/2/2010 3 comments The three-month average of global chip sales for October is set to be $26.5 billion, the same as in September, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Qimonda administrator sues Infineon News & Analysis 12/2/2010 Post a comment The insolvency administrator dealing with the bankruptcy estate of Qimonda AG, Michael Jaffe, has filed an action in the District Court Munich against its parent company, chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG, seeking an unspecified amount of money for the estate.
Micron clears up NAND with integrated part News & Analysis 12/2/2010 3 comments Seeking to simplify the product design process, Micron Technology Inc. has rolled out a device that integrates NAND flash and error correction code (ECC) technology in the same package.
IP revenue to decline beyond 2014, says Gartner News & Analysis 12/2/2010 Post a comment By 2014, the number of third-party semiconductor design IP blocks in an average chip design will double from the current level, according to Gartner Inc. However, average license and royalty revenues will continue to decline.
Micron recruits Spansion exec amid reorg News & Analysis 12/2/2010 1 comment Following the acquisition of NOR flash vendor Numonyx BV earlier this year, Micron Technology Inc. has reorganized its memory operations, forming four separate units within the company.
Rambus sues six top chip makers News & Analysis 12/2/2010 12 comments Rambus Inc. has filed multiple suits asking courts to bar imports of a wide range of chips—and systems using them--from Broadcom, Freescale, LSI, MediaTek, Nvidia and STMicroelectronics it claims infringe its patents.
Moto splits up, preps tablet PC News & Analysis 12/1/2010 12 comments As expected, Motorola Inc. has split into two entities. Amid the move, Motorola is preparing to roll out a new tablet PC, according to an analyst.
WSTS lowers IC forecast for '11 News & Analysis 12/1/2010 4 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) group has altered its IC forecasts. The group raised its forecast for 2010, but lowered it for 2011.
Samsung offers NFC chip for mobiles News & Analysis 12/1/2010 3 comments Leading chip maker Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced a near field communications (NFC) chip with embedded flash memory intended for use in mobile handsets.
Huawei buys IMEC spin-off for $10 million News & Analysis 12/1/2010 7 comments Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire IMEC spin-off company M4S NV, from Option NV, a supplier of wireless broadband equipment, subsystems and software.
France offers to buy 14% of ST, say reports News & Analysis 12/1/2010 4 comments France's strategic investment fund (FSI) has offered to buy a 14 percent stake in Europe's largest chip company, STMicroelectronics NV, for around 700 million euro (about $900 million), according to local reports.
Adesto gains Darpa award News & Analysis 12/1/2010 1 comment Adesto Technologies Inc. said it has received an award from Darpa to develop and demonstrate CBRAM memory devices that operate at sub threshold voltages–a level that is more than 100 times lower than standard flash memory.
IBM debuts CMOS silicon nanophotonics News & Analysis 12/1/2010 38 comments IBM Research demonstrated an all-silicon optical transceiver that combines modulators, wave guides, wavelength-division multiplexers, switches and detectors all on a single CMOS die.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...