Intel's Atom already designed into future iPhone, say reports Product News 6/27/2008 Post a comment A version of Intel's Atom processor is already designed into the generation of the Apple iPhone set to follow on from the imminent 3G iPhone, according to Eric Savitz, the west coast editor for Barron's Magazine, who cited JoAnne Feeney, an analyst with FTN Midwest Securities Corp. (Cleveland Ohio), as his source.
Fabless chip market up 16% in Q1, says GSA News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor company revenue totaled $13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2008, up 16 percent compared with the first quarter of 2007, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance industry group.
Nokia, Symbian, Infineon, ST-NXP lead story ranking News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Here are the top six online stories for the week beginning Sunday, June 22, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, June 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Sony Ericsson posts another profits warning News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment A profit warning from Sony Ericsson sent the share price of most mobile phone makers lower as the joint venture between Sony and Ericsson said second-quarter sales and net income would be hit by slowing demand for mid- to high-end models, and that it would only break even for the quarter.
Global chip sales seen 7% up in May News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales is estimated to have come in at $21.7 billion in May, up a healthy 7 percent on the $20.3 billion achieved in May 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research.
Russia's Angstrem modernizes wafer fab News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Chip manufacturer Angstrem (Zelenograd, Russia) has commissioned M+W Zander FE GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) to expand and modernize its existing wafer fab. The investment amounts to 150 million (about $233 million).
Autodesk ends interest in bid for Flomerics News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Autodesk will not pursue its interest in simulation software group Flomerics (Hampton Court, England) leaving the field clear again for Mentor Graphics, who has a 29 percent stake in the British company and who has made several bids to take control.
UK academic gets funds to improve code generation News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment A researcher from the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton has received funding of £300,000 pounds ($594,000) from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to improve the safety and usability of automatically generated software code used in the automotive and aerospace industries.
X-Fab emphasizes role as pure-play foundry News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Despite offering intensive engineering support to its customers, X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG (Erfurt, Germany) rejects business models that include an own product development. Nevertheless, the company plans long-term growth, explains X-Fab CEO Hans-Jürgen Straub.
40V buck converter for power LEDs Product News 6/27/2008 Post a comment Prema Semiconductor presents the LED driver PR4101 designed to meet the requirements for a new generation of high-power LEDs. The inductive converter drives single or multiple LEDs with currents from 100mA up to several amps, depending on the configuration of external components, from a supply voltage of 9V up to 40V.
Infineon gives Bauer CEO title, axing "spokesman" designation News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG has quietly restored the title of chief executive officer to its top executive, dropping the ponderous designation of "spokesman of the management board" it gave Peter Bauer in May when he replaced Wolfgang Ziebart at the helms of the German semiconductor company.
Coming (not too) soon: wireless set-top boxes News & Analysis 6/27/2008 Post a comment Wireless is coming to the cable TV set-top box, but just which wireless and when is still not clear, said a Cox Communications executive after a panel on wireless video networking at the Connections conference.
Video: 60 GHz, Wi-Fi, UWB face off at panel Product News 6/27/2008 Post a comment Competing approaches to delivering high quality video in the digital home faced off in a panel discussion at the Connections conference where representatives of Wi-Fi, ultrawideband and 60 GHz radios were clearly gunning for similar design wins in TVs, routers, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray drives and other devices.
Safe bet: tire pressure sensors Teardown 6/26/2008 Post a comment One of Portelligent's analysts had the presence of mind to gather up the damaged tire pressure monitor (TPM) from his Toyota during a recent service center visit.
MEMS market tops $6 billion News & Analysis 6/26/2008 Post a comment The worldwide microelectromechanical systems market topped $6 billion in 2007 and is growing at a compound annual rate of 14 percent, according to industry surveys.
Extreme design: SuitSat pushes engineers' limits Teardown 6/26/2008 1 comment When engineers from Microchip Technology took a routine microcontroller inquiry, little did they know they'd be embarking on a multiyear space mission that would challenge every aspect of their earthbound engineering experience, while reconnecting them with the excitement and sense of exploration that led them to choose engineering to begin with.
EVE names VP of worldwide operations News & Analysis 6/26/2008 Post a comment Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (EVE), French developer of hardware and software coverification tools, announced it has appointed Christophe Ballan as vice president of worldwide operations. He reports directly to Luc Burgun, EVE's CEO.
Quatech ships embedded 802.11 radios Product News 6/26/2008 Post a comment The Airborne Embedded 802.11b/g radio module is Quatech's first SDIO/SPI host interface product and the latest addition to Quatech's advanced line of radios for reliable and high performing M2M communication.
Orbotech acquires Photon Dynamics News & Analysis 6/26/2008 Post a comment Israel's Orbotech Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based Photon Dynamics Inc., a provider of test and repair systems for the flat-panel display industry, for $290 million in stock.
Peak oil profits ARM News & Analysis 6/26/2008 1 comment It's a straightforward argument. The higher the oil price goes the better things are for processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and the worse they get for the world's largest chip company Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
Dutch researchers develop ultra low-cost plastic memory News & Analysis 6/26/2008 Post a comment Researchers from the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, have introduced a technology for a plastic ferroelectric diode that is claimed to achieve a breakthrough in the development of ultra low-cost plastic memory material.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.