ESC: Keynoter sketches out vision for electric cars News & Analysis 4/26/2010 4 comments In 10 years as many as a third of all new cars sold could be battery-operated electric vehicles, according to startup Better Place that will sketch out its vision in a keynote address at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Bosch rides auto recovery News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Bosch CEO Franz Fehrenbach said there are clear signs of recovery" in all regions, with an especially powerful boost coming from the markets in China and India.
Q&A: Rick Hill, CEO of Novellus News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment In a Q&A, Rick Hill, chairman, president and chief executive of Novellus, addressed the state of the IC industry, fab tool business and the company's rivals. As expected, Hill pulled no punches.
Analysts split on Altera inventory build fears News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Several Wall Street analysts expressed concerns about inventory buildup by programmable logic vendor Altera following the company's strong first quarter financial report. But others, including Paul McWilliams, editor of a technology investment newsletter, maintain that these concerns are off base.
Renesas gets in-touch with Immersion touch interface News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Renesas Electronics America Inc. and Immersion Corp. have collaborated to provide a system-level solution that enables designers of consumer electronics; white goods; and medical, building automation and office equipment to integrate haptic [touch] feedback in product designs.
Analysis: Freescale moves closer to IPO News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s growing revenue, improving operating performance and steps taken to adjust debt maturities combined with a favorable equity market have put the IC vendor several steps closer to its goal of selling shares in an initial public offering.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
Restructuring weighs on ST-Ericsson results News & Analysis 4/23/2010 1 comment Wireless chip maker ST-Ericsson made a net loss of $154 million on net sales of $606 million in the first quarter of 2010. The company said it expected a flat second quarter to follow. Net sales increased by 7.9 percent compared with the same period a year before
More chip firms top estimates, but ST comes up short News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment Several more chip makers--including Cypress Semiconductor, Microsemi, PMC-Sierra and Lattice Semiconductor--reported quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations, but bellwether European semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics came up short of estimates.
Freescale operating loss shrinks as sales jump News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. reported improved performance in the March quarter with sales rising 21 percent and operating loss narrowing sharply although the chip vendor reported net loss of $257 million versus $2.3 billion of non-cash net profit in the year-ago quarter.
Rambus' sales jump 425 percent News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment Thanks to a deal with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Rambus Inc. said sales for the first quarter of 2010 were $161.9 million, up 425 percent sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2009 and up 492 percent from the quarter a year ago.
IBM Micro is hiring in U.S. News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment Amid a series of job cuts, IBM Corp. plans to fill about 100 manufacturing jobs at its chip facility in Essex Junction, Vt., according to a report.
IBM demos faster, cheaper alternative to e-beam litho News & Analysis 4/22/2010 4 comments Using a tiny silicon tip attached to a flexible cantilever, IBM has created a 3-D patterning technique that it says is faster and cheaper than e-beam lithography. IBM's "nanoscale milling machine" has a resolution of about 15 nm—about twice as small as e-beam litho.
CIA invests in LensVector News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment LensVector Inc. has announced a strategic investment and development agreement with In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
iWatt sells power module division to IDT News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment In order to fund its IC businesses for the foreseeable future, digital power IC vendor iWatt Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) has announced the sale of its IKOR power module division to Integrated Device Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
ARM stock rises on Apple takeover talk News & Analysis 4/22/2010 2 comments London's financial district was full of rumors on Wednesday (April 21) that Apple is considering a takeover of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.
Lattice tops estimates News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor reported first quarter sales of $70.4 million, up 28 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 and up 63 percent from the first quarter of 2009.
Infineon, Fairchild agree common power MOSFET packaging News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. have announced an agreement to create compatibility between their power MOSFET packages. Specifically the agreement covers the Infineon PowerStage 3x3 and Fairchild MLP 3x3 packages.
Hynix reports record sales News & Analysis 4/22/2010 Post a comment South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor reported record first quarter sales of 2.82 trillion won (about $2.54 billion), up about 1 percent from 2.8 trillion won in the previous quarter and up 115 percent 1.3 trillion won in the first quarter of 2009.
Chip makers beat analysts' expectations News & Analysis 4/21/2010 Post a comment In another signal that the semiconductor market recovery remains in full swing, chip makers Qualcomm, SanDisk and Intersil reported quarterly results that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
QuickLogic rolls low-power system block for mobile devices Product News 4/21/2010 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor QuickLogic announced a new proven system block for its customer specific standard products (CSSPs) that the company said enables handheld mobile system developers to conserve energy through effective power management by shutting down the CPU and the CSSP between bursts of activity caused by peripheral devices.
Reports: Google buys chip design firm Agnilux News & Analysis 4/21/2010 8 comments Google Inc. is following Apple into the IC design business by buying a chip design team company, according to reports. Google has bought Agnilux Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), which was formed by former design engineers who had been brought into Apple and then quit to form their own company.
Group seeks alternatives for high-lead solder News & Analysis 4/21/2010 Post a comment Bosch, Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics have formed a consortium to explore and standardize the acceptance of alternatives for high-lead solder for attaching die to semiconductor packages during IC manufacturing.
Mirics launches TV decoding on GPU News & Analysis 4/21/2010 Post a comment Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, England) has announced the launch of a multi-standard broadcast TV decoder that uses a Cuda-based graphics add-in-card for computational acceleration.
Numonyx 1-Gbit phase-change memory delayed News & Analysis 4/21/2010 1 comment Nonvolatile memory maker Numonyx BV (Geneva, Switzerland), the company being acquired by Micron Technology Inc., has yet to sample customers with a long-awaited 1-Gbit capacity phase-change memory. The indications from Numonyx are that samples will be available in 2010 with volume production expected in 2011.