Japan 'actual' chip sales collapsed in April News & Analysis 6/3/2011 3 comments Actual chip sales for the Japan region in April were the lowest for 23 months, according to figures from the WSTS organization. It is likely to be due to the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Japan in March.
Analyst: OEMS cut tablet builds for 2011 News & Analysis 6/3/2011 6 comments Production of media tablets in 2011—aside from Apple's iPad—is now expected to be significantly less than previously thought after lackluster sell through and other factors burst "the tablet bubble," according to a Wall Street analyst.
Micron tips PCIe solid-state drives News & Analysis 6/2/2011 2 comments Micron Technology announced a new portfolio of PCI Express solid-state drives featuring the company's 34-nm SLC NAND flash memory, DDR3 DRAM and an internally designed ASIC memory controller.
SIA: Semi industry exceeded emissions goal News & Analysis 6/2/2011 4 comments The worldwide semiconductor industry exceeded its initial 10 percent reduction goal for perfluorocompounds (PFCs) emissions, bringing total PFCs emissions down by 32 percent over a 10-year period, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
DRAM module market growing, says IHS News & Analysis 6/2/2011 3 comments The market for DRAM modules is set to increase to 812.8 million units in 2011, up 10.9 percent from 733.2 million units in 2010, according to market research firm IHS-iSuppli. This growth is down from the 14.6 percent market expansion seen in 2010.
Microsoft gives first peek at Win 8 News & Analysis 6/2/2011 20 comments Microsoft will bring its mobile interface to the PC with Windows 8, but it may not support ARM mobile SoC makers Freescale, Marvell, ST-Ericsson and Samsung.
ADI launches industry-leading PLL Product News 6/2/2011 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) reports that its new PLL (phase-locked loop) synthesizer for wireless communication systems features the industry’s best combination of integration, performance, flexibility and the widest continuous frequency-range coverage for a single RF device.
Inventory spike saved industry, says IHS News & Analysis 6/2/2011 1 comment An inventory spike that had built in the IC supply chain provided a cushion against the worst ravages of IC shortages after the Japan earthquake, says market researcher IHS-iSuppli.
HTC debuts stereo 3-D smartphone News & Analysis 6/2/2011 8 comments HTC showed a handset capable of capturing and displaying stereo 3-D images and videos, one of a new crop of handsets some see as pointing the way to the future.
Plessey's EPIC sensors see thru walls Product News 6/1/2011 2 comments The EPIC sensor, which requires no physical or resistive contact to make measurements, will enable innovative new products to be made such as medical scanners that are simply held close to a patient’s chest to obtain a detailed ECG reading or devices that can ‘see’ through walls.
NFC player Inside Secure files for IPO News & Analysis 6/1/2011 2 comments Inside Secure SA, a fabless supplier of near field communication (NFC) chips has filed papers for an initial public offering of shares on the Euronext exchange in Paris, according to reports.
Rusnano draws MEMS firm to Russia News & Analysis 6/1/2011 3 comments Rusnano, the Russian government investment fund for nanotechnologies, has said it is investing $15 million into a $22 million project with MEMS-based timing company SiTime Corp. under which the company will open up a development center in Russia.
Sofradir to deliver IR detectors for Sentinel-5 Precursor mission News & Analysis 6/1/2011 Post a comment Infrared detectors specialist Sofradir (Paris, France) announced it has won a contract to deliver shortwave infrared (SWIR) arrays for the TROPOMI/S5 - (Sentinel 5 Precursor) mission, as part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) space initiative. GMES is a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the European Space Agency.
Technosoft iPOS drive family Product News 6/1/2011 Post a comment The iPOS drive family from Technosoft is a compact, flexible series of 75W servo drives designed to cover both low-volume and high-volume applications.
AMD rolls Series-9 chipset, shows next APU News & Analysis 6/1/2011 3 comments AMD launched its 9-Series chipset lineup for next-generation PC platforms at Computex in Taiwan, where one of the company's top executives also showed off the next-generation AMD accelerated processing unit, codenamed Trinity.
Global averaged April chip sales show softness News & Analysis 6/1/2011 1 comment The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors for April came in below expectations. Below-seasonal softness was ascribed partly to the aftermath of the March Japanese earthquake.
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.