Intel preps many-core 'Knights Corner' processor News & Analysis 5/31/2010 1 comment Intel Corp. has said it plans to offer many-core processors targeting certain applications in high performance computing. The first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be implemented on Intel's 22-nm manufacturing process and integrate more than 50 processors.
Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Saxony agrees to aid Abu Dhabi with technology News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment The German state of Saxony has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority agreeing to set up opportunities to share and exchange knowledge and expertise in advanced technology R&D, in particular in microelectronics, according to the Advanced Technology Investment Co.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
VW acquires Italian Italdesign Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment German automaker Volkswagen AG announced it has acquired 90.1 percent of Italy-based Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A, provider of automotive engineering services. The remaining 9.9 percent will continue to be with the Giugiaro family.
Maxim sponsors EV startup Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment Chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products said it is supporting, financially and technically, OptaMotive, a Californian startup that is building an electric vehicle (EV) to compete for a $10m competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed the electric equivalent of 100mpg (MPGe).
Ramtron's 1-Mbit F-RAM adds Grade 3 qualification Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment Ramtron International Corp. said its FM25V10-G, a 1-Mbit, 2.0-3.6V serial F-RAM memory device, has been upgraded to AEC-Q100 Grade 3 standard, the automotive-grade qualification established by the Automotive Electronic Council’s Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits.
PicoChip cofounder joins antenna, backhaul firm News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment Peter Claydon, co-founder and former chief operating officer of PicoChip Design Ltd., has joined Deltenna Ltd., a developer of wireless communications systems, according to a report in the Silicon South West newsletter.
Hynix raises capex, breaks with Numonyx News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to raise its capital expenditure for 2010 to 3.05 trillion won (about $2.5 billion) from an earlier planned 2.3 trillion won (about $1.9 billion). The company is also planning to spend 522 trillion won (about $425 million) to buy Numonyx NV out of a joint-venture wafer fab in China.
Leaders lost share in 2009 wafer market, says Gartner News & Analysis 5/31/2010 Post a comment Market leaders lost out in the supply of silicon wafers to chip makers in recession-hit 2009, according to market research company Gartner Inc (Stamford, Conn.). Worldwide silicon wafer demand in 2009 was $7.23 billion, down 38.5 percent in comparison with 2008, the company said.
China taps Nvidia for world's second biggest computer News & Analysis 5/31/2010 1 comment Using Intel and Nvidia processors, a Chinese computer maker has installed in Shenzhen what experts say theoretically is the fastest supercomputer in the world, an indication both of the rise of China and of graphics processors as a growing ingredient in high-performance but relatively low power systems.
EVE's ZeBu supports TLM-2.0 Product News 5/31/2010 Post a comment DAC is around the corner, and EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) said it has added TLM-2.0 support to its ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platforms.
NETWORKING - Fairchild's USB technology meets now and future demands News & Analysis 5/29/2010 Post a comment Fairchild’s micro-USB switch (FSA9280A) and USB transceiver (FUSB2500) have been designed to serve the ever-evolving demands placed upon USB ports in today's market. In addition to being the universal interface for mobile applications, today's USB must handle file transfers, battery-charging, music, and factory programming.
RIM sets up $100 million fund in China News & Analysis 5/29/2010 Post a comment The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the expansion of its investment activities with the launch of a $100 million affiliate fund focused on mobile investment opportunities in China.
CECS, Chengdu firm to build solar stations News & Analysis 5/29/2010 Post a comment Apollo Solar Energy Inc., a refiner and producer of tellurium-based compounds and other metals for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, here has entered into a non-binding collaboration agreement with China Energy Conservation Solar Energy Technologies Inc. (CECS) to build scaled thin-film solar energy power stations.
ASE breaks ground on 3-D packaging plant News & Analysis 5/29/2010 Post a comment Amid booming demand, Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) has broken ground on a new IC-packaging plant in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung, according to an analyst.
Activist investor Icahn says Mentor undervalued News & Analysis 5/28/2010 2 comments Activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed owning nearly 7 percent of EDA vendor Mentor Graphics, requested a meeting with the company's management and said its shares are undervalued, it was widely reported.
Semis on longest quarterly growth streak since '04 News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment Global semiconductor revenue increased by 2 percent in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of sequential growth, the longest such stretch since 2004, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Foxconn to raise workers' wages by 20%, says FT News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which trades as Foxconn and makes electronic products for high profile brands such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Sony, is planning to raise the wages of its Chinese workers by about 20 percent, according to a Financial Times report.
Premo claims smallest automotive 35 Amp current sensor Product News 5/28/2010 Post a comment Inverters and DC/DC battery chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles require minimum space and maximum power handling per cubic cm. The new CS-100-AU automotive current sensor from Spanish manufacturer Grupo Premo uses just 2.4mm3 and handles 14.6A/cm3.
Nokia, CEA-Leti to present high-speed NFC News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment CEA-Leti and Nokia have developed a radio frequency front-end IC that supports high-data rate short-range communications between a reader, typically a mobile phone, and a memory tag, which is due to be presented at the upcoming VLSI Symposium.
Will proteins revolutionize computing? News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment A living protein found in every cell of the human body could become a self-assembler of future information processing systems that are smaller, faster and cheaper than the inorganic computer circuitry we use today.
Surging memory markets shake up top 20 IC vendors News & Analysis 5/28/2010 Post a comment Ten of the top 20 semiconductor vendors as ranked by sales changed positions in the first quarter, with surging markets for DRAM and NAND flash memory largely responsible for shaking up the rankings, according to a report from market research firm IC Insights.
Magma sharply narrows annual loss News & Analysis 5/27/2010 Post a comment EDA vendor Magma Design Automation again topped its own sales target for the quarter ended May 2, but the company posted another loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The company's annual loss for the fiscal year narrowed sharply compared with the previous year.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...