Mobile device chip market grew 20% in 2011, says ABI News & Analysis 4/2/2012 2 comments Sales revenue from chipsets designed for mobile devices increased by more than 20 percent to $35 billion in 2011, while the total semiconductor market achieved 2 percent year-on-year growth, according to market analysis firm ABI Research.
Samsung ninth going on fourth in foundry ranks, says Gartner News & Analysis 4/2/2012 8 comments The worldwide semiconductor foundry market totaled $29.8 billion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. The top four foundries held their rankings from the previous year. But of those four only the leader, TSMC, increased its market share, taking it to 48.8 percent of the total foundry business.
IBM analytics to plumb universe's secret News & Analysis 4/2/2012 9 comments IBM will harness water-cooled 3-D chip sets to plumb the secrets of the universe by analyzing exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data streaming in from the world's largest radio telescope to be constructed in 2024.
Analyst: ASML holds all the cards in litho News & Analysis 4/2/2012 7 comments Lithography tool vendor ASML commanded a higher share of units shipped in 2011 than the combined total of competitors Nikon and Canon, further evidence that the Dutch firm has come to dominate which was only a few years ago a close three-horse race, according to the Information Network, a market research firm.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.