Slowdown set for 'easy' impact, says readers' poll News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment The impact of the much-predicted "recession" is more likely to be "easy" than "hard" according to a poll of EE Times Europe readers. Some 57.6 percent tended towards the easy opinion while 42.3 percent veered towards a hard landing.
ST confirms talks, "no comments' on $1.8 billion figure News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment A report claimed that STMicroelectronics NV would invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in Crolles (France) as part of a development program from 2008 to 2012. Contacted by EE Times Europe, the spokeswoman for the group said it was premature to comment on this since a host of partners, including ST, local authorities and the French state, have just entered a discussion.
Help is here for industrial electronics developers News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment EE Times Europe has launched the Industrial Control DesignLine Europe (ICDLE), a new member of the DesignLine web site family. The site offers product news, in-depth technical papers and how-to articles, with a European perspective. In addition it offers access to the repository of technical material and education resources represented within TechOnline.
Multiplexers reconstruct impaired HDMI, DVI signals Product News 3/3/2008 Post a comment Intersil's timing regenerators and multiplexers for HDMI and DVI applications feature a signal regenerator function that allows them to restore corrupted HDMI signals to their original quality in consumer and professional video systems.
Plugging the laser gap News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment Researchers at Binghamton University claim to have devised a strategy to bridge the lasing gap with new materials and architectures that could enable applications not now possible.
European chip sales hold firm in Jan 08 News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment Chip sales in Europe for January 2008 held up best of the four regions tracked by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), with a decrease of only 2.5 percent compared with December 2007. The SIA said the overall month-on-month decrease was 3.6 per cent, with worldwide semiconductor sales worth $21.49 billion.
January chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales came in at $21.49 billion, up 0.03 percent from January 2007, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association and ahead of expectations.
Firecracker speeds Blackfin designs Product News 3/3/2008 Post a comment Avnet subsidiary Silica has introduced a versatile development platform around Analog Devices's Blackfin processor family. The platform, dubbed Firecracker, functions as a universal tool for Blackfin developers of all flavors. Fully verified functional modules eliminate the need to design in detail common embedded subsystems.
Filtronic completes disposal of compound semis unit News & Analysis 3/3/2008 Post a comment Filtronic plc (Shipley, England) has completed the disposal of its compound semiconductor division, including the manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, England, to RF Micro Devices (Greensboro, N.C.) for approximately £12.5 million in cash.
Under the Hood: Evolution of the smart phone Teardown 3/3/2008 1 comment It is interesting to look at the different ways that HTC and Nokia, two companies that have very competitive and successful smart-phone offerings, arrived at their latest products. HTC used its background as a PDA manufacturer to create the TyTN 2, essentially incorporating phone functionality into a PDA. Nokia came into the smart-phone market from cell phones, so it needed to find ways to increase functionality without substantially increasing the size of its latest phone, the N95.
January chip sales fell, says analyst News & Analysis 3/1/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of worldwide chip sales was $21.3 billion, down from $22.3 billion in December but also down 0.8 percent from the equivalent average for January 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie Research.