Nokia announces camera phone with 41 megapixel sensor News & Analysis 2/27/2012 18 comments A notable announcement that took those attending today's press conference by surprise was about the new Symbian camera phone that could well up the mobile phone game: Nokia's new 808 PureView, with a jaw-dropping 41 Megapixel sensor. It's expected to start shipping in May with a hefty retail price tag of 450 euro.
Mindspeed/Astri TD-LTE demo a first at MWC News & Analysis 2/27/2012 2 comments Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) are demonstrating what they claim is the industry’s first commercial-grade, production-ready time division long-term evolution (TD-LTE) small cell reference design.
Silicon and IMEC to cooperate on RF R&D at 28nm News & Analysis 2/27/2012 Post a comment HiSilicon, a China-based company, and European R&D consortium IMEC have signed a strategic research collaboration to develop RF transceiver architectures for next-generation mobile terminals using 28nm process technology.
World’s first quad core Mini-ITX board Product News 2/27/2012 Post a comment The EPIA-M900 and EPIA-M910 boards use the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor for enhanced multi-tasking and multimedia performance on the lowest quad core power budget for next generation embedded products.
SEMI book-to-bill improves for fourth straight month News & Analysis 2/24/2012 2 comments The three-month average book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers improved to 0.95 in January, the fourth consecutive month of improvement after six consecutive months of declines, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Micron increases stake in Inotera News & Analysis 2/24/2012 5 comments Micron Technology is increasing its stake in Inotera Memories, its Taiwanese DRAM joint venture with Nanya Technology, according to a regulatory filing made by Inotera this week.
Qualcomm chooses MasterImage 3D for development tablet News & Analysis 2/24/2012 5 comments Just ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, MasterImage said its glasses-free 3-D screen had been selected by the mobile chip giant for a 10-inch Mobile Development Platform based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor.
Firm cuts capex forecast News & Analysis 2/23/2012 6 comments A research firm has cut its capital spending forecast for 2011 amid a sudden slowdown in DRAMs. Capital spending for foundries will fall, as TSMC has reportedly pushed out its ramp for a new fab.
Genusion licenses B4-Flash to Rohm, Lapis News & Analysis 2/23/2012 3 comments Genusion Ltd., a fabless Japanese memory IP company, has announced that is has licensed its B4-flash non-volatile memory technology to Rohm Group and Rohm subsidiary Lapis Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
ADI, Avago see slight uptick in business News & Analysis 2/23/2012 Post a comment The top executives at analog Analog Devices and Avago Technologies each sounded a note of cautious optimism, with both saying they see signs of improved business in the wake of the firms' most recent quarterly reports.
Memory firms detail sub-20-nm NAND chips News & Analysis 2/23/2012 3 comments Engineers from Samsung Electronics, Toshiba and SanDisk took to the podium to provide details of their respective 19-nm NAND flash chips in presentations at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference.
Mentor expands support for UVM News & Analysis 2/23/2012 Post a comment Mentor Graphics announced the expansion of support for Universal Verification Methodology, an industry standard methodology for IC design verification.
GPU shipments had another down Q4 News & Analysis 2/23/2012 2 comments Shipments of graphics chips declined 10 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2011, continuing a new seasonal trend that has taken shape since the financial crisis of 2008, according to analysts at Jon Peddie Research.
Magma's Madhavan won't join Synopsys News & Analysis 2/22/2012 18 comments As most expected, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan won't join Synopsys Inc. as a result of its recently closed acquisition of Magma, Synopsys said.
Analyst: Mobile MEMS market rising to $6bn in 2016 News & Analysis 2/22/2012 1 comment The annual revenues generated by MEMS components used in mobile consumer equipment, including sensors, audio, displays and RF, will exceed $6 billion in 2016, according to analysis company Juniper Research Ltd. The equipment includes phones, computers and e-readers.
ISSCC: Voltage regulators stacked in 3-D News & Analysis 2/22/2012 8 comments The world's first integrated voltage regulators can be located on the bottom of a 3-D chip stack, according researchers at IBM and Columbia University, who recently demonstrated a silicon interposer containing the necessary magnetic inductors at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
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.