ST-Ericsson passing processors to ST, cutting staff
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 5 comments
ST-Ericsson NV, the loss making mobile chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, has announced guidelines for a new strategic direction and plans to cut up to 1,700 staff to lower its breakeven point.
Imagination licenses Ensigma IP to Qualcomm
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 2 comments
Multimedia processor licensor Imagination has announced that is has licensed certain intellectual property from its Ensigma range of communications cores to fabless chip company Qualcomm.
Intel launches Ivy Bridge processor
News & Analysis 4/23/2012 4 comments
Intel is formally launching its Ivy Bridge processor to the market. Ivy Bridge is the first device to officially come out on the company's 22-nm manufacturing process technology which includes FinFETs which are transistors built into a vertical fin of silicon.
IBM demos terahertz graphene photonics
News & Analysis 4/22/2012 4 comments
IBM demonstrated a graphene/insulator superlattice that achieves a terahertz frequency notch filter and a linear polarizer, devices which could be useful in future mid- and far-infrared photonic devices including detectors, modulators and three-dimensional metamaterials.
Hirosi and Micro Interconnects connect for design ins
News & Analysis 4/21/2012 Post a comment
Two interconnect companies, Hirose and Micro Interconnects, have announced a partnership that they say will simplify specifying and designing in DF36 board-to-fine coaxial cable connectors for applications in space-restricted areas, such as hand-held devices.
As Discovery is retired, an icon mulls America's spacefaring future
News & Analysis 4/20/2012 8 comments
He was the first American to orbit the Earth as well as a shuttle astronaut, former U.S. senator and onetime presidential candidate. Now 90, John Glenn said he came to the retirement ceremony for shuttle Discovery in hopes of inspiring the next generation of space explorers. See also our slideshow of the Discovery festivities.
No fab for Qualcomm but firm mulls business evolution
News & Analysis 4/20/2012 3 comments
The problems acknowledged by Qualcomm Inc. in getting enough 28-nm chips out of its foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. are not about to prompt the company to build or acquire its own fab, according to Steve Mollenkopf, chief operating officer of the fabless chip company. But ways of doing business are evolving and Qualcomm is big enough to shape these to its own benefit, he said.
VLSI confab brings technology, circuits to the fore
News & Analysis 4/20/2012 1 comment
The inextricable interdependence of technology processing and circuit design is behind the decision to overlap their technical programs at the 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits to be held in Honolulu in June.
SanDisk expects big Q2 revenue decline
News & Analysis 4/20/2012 5 comments
Flash memory maker SanDisk reported quarterly sales and profit that fell short of analysts' expectations and said it expects sales to fall significantly further in the current quarter.
Altera's sales slump on inventory glut, comms weakness
News & Analysis 4/20/2012 3 comments
Programmable logic vendor Altera said first quarter sales came up well short of analysts' expectations and the company's own revised guidance amid continued inventory reductions, weakness in the communications end market and tight foundry capacity at the leading edge.
Freescale CEO Beyer to retire
News & Analysis 4/19/2012 7 comments
Freescale Semiconductor Chairman and CEO Rich Beyer plans to step down after the conclusion of a search for a new CEO, Freescale said.
ASML: Push is on for 20-nm chip production in 2013
News & Analysis 4/19/2012 1 comment
Competition within the ARM ecosystem aimed at mobile devices is driving a faster pace of process development and will likely prompt foundry production on the 22-nm/20-nm process node in 2013, according to Eric Meurice, CEO of lithography vendor ASML.
Microchip buys wireless module maker
News & Analysis 4/19/2012 2 comments
Microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. has acquired Roving Networks Inc., a supplier of WiFi and Bluetooth wireless modules, for an undisclosed sum of money.