Broadcom aims to spread 100-Gbit Ethernet with single-chip solution
Product News 4/25/2012 7 comments
Broadcom announced its fourth-generation Ethernet network processor, which it claims is the industry's first chip to use massive parallelism by virtue of its 64 packet-processing cores running at one gigahertz. Providing full-duplex 100Gbit per second performance, it can also be configured to provide a dozen 10-Gbit channels.
Nokia downgraded to 'junk'
News & Analysis 4/24/2012 20 comments
Another quarter of disastrous financial results for Nokia last week, with a quarterly loss of $1.7 billion, has led to the Finnish phone maker’s debt being downgraded to “negative” and even “junk” by major financial consultants.
Tensilica aims at Chinese audio
News & Analysis 4/24/2012 2 comments
Tensilica is banking its future growth on the world's largest electronics market by adding support for China's Dynamic Resolution Adaptation standard to its entire library of over 100 audio encoders, decoders, an sound enhancement chips for adding high-fidelity audio digital signal processors to mobile handsets.
3-D FPGAs enable silicon convergence
News & Analysis 4/24/2012 7 comments
Altera says its three-dimensional FPGAs can incorporate a host of traditionally discrete components to boost system performance and minimize power consumption.
Freescale ups ante with quad-core Qorivva
Product News 4/24/2012 4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor said its new quad-core Qorivva MPC5746M microcontroller boost performance up to 5-times plus includes specialized circuitry for safety, security and input/output including on-chip Ethernet.
ST-Ericsson rescue plan underwhelms
News & Analysis 4/24/2012 4 comments
The plan put together to try and transform the fortunes of struggling mobile chip company ST-Ericsson NV by CEO Didier Lamouche, announced Monday (April 23), at one level makes a kind of sense but also looks like the last throw of the dice by an unlucky gambler.
CSNE helps bring STEM to NYS school districts
News & Analysis 4/24/2012 Post a comment
A partnership between the New York State School Boards Association and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany will create innovative local school programs that will help students gain 21st century learning and career skills in emerging fields such as nanotechnology.
ARM profits, sales up in Q1
News & Analysis 4/24/2012 2 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM has posted yet another quarter with increased sales and profits as it continues to benefit from being designed into market leading smartphones and tablet computers.
Wafer inspection gets smart
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 1 comment
By adding intelligent parallel processing, KLA-Tencor Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) has increased the throughput of its wafer inspection and metrology tool by as much as four times.
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 23 comments
Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
Veteran Fujitsu exec to lead U.S. chip subsidiary
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 2 comments
Fujitsu Semiconductor announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named to lead its U.S. subsidiary and its wireless products subsidiary.
Wireless Products announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named president and CEO, replacing Yutaka Suzuk, who is retiring.
Equipment book-to-bill ratios diverge in U.S., Japan
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 Post a comment
The three-month rolling average book-to-bill ratio for North America-based semiconductor capital equipment vendors improved for the sixth straight month in March, while the ratio for Japanese vendors declined for the third straight month, according to trade groups.