How 'reorganized' is AMD? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc's reorganization of its entire operation appears to be drawing to a close with the pending announcement of the asset-light manufacturing strategy but questions persist on how much the semiconductor company has changed and whether the steps taken were sufficient to improve the company's competitive position in the microprocessor and graphics IC markets. Will AMD complete one round of reorganization and have to immediately embark upon another?
Atmel rolls out 1.8-V 8-Mbit serial flash Product News 8/28/2008 Post a comment With a low-voltage operating range of 1.65V to 1.95V, Atmel's 8-Mbit serial flash operates at the same voltage range as many current and upcoming sub-90nm ASICs and processors/controllers, which allows system designers to finally create applications that can use a single supply voltage for all components in the system while also saving a significant amount of cost.
ChipMOS cuts investment in China News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment ChipMOS Technologies Ltd. said that its IC-packaging and test subsidiary in Shanghai, China--Modern Mind Technology Ltd.--has formally cut its capital investment in that operation.
PDF buys IC fault detection firm News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment PDF Solutions Inc., a provider of yield enhancement software for IC manufacturing, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Triant Holdings Inc.'s fault detection and classification business. The deal was valued at $1.75 million.
Is Sony Ericsson about to break up? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment In an interview with Die Welt online, Sony CEO Howard Stringer appeared disappointed with the performance of Sony's mobile phone joint venture with Ericsson. In the interview Stringer hinted that break-up or reorganization was possible if things don't improve.
July set to end chip market's strong growth, says analyst News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales for July has come in at $22.1 billion, up 7.2 percent year-on-year from $20.6 billion in July 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research. However, this implies that actual global chip sales in July 2008 came in at $20.54 billion, only 1.3 percent up on the actual sales of $20.28 billion recorded for July 2007.
Consumer group licenses Belfast audio codec News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Armour Group plc (Tunbridge Wells, England), a company that trades under the names of a number of consumer electronics brands, has licensed the apt-X audio codec from audio compression specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Schwache Konjunktur nützt der Consumerelektronik News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Während im Vorfeld der IFA 2008 in Berlin diverse Marktforschungsinstitute eine zunehmende Kaufzurückhaltung der Kundschaft konstatieren, kommt das US-Institut iSuppli zu einem gegenteiligen Ergebnis: Der konjunkturelle Abschwung sei gerade gut für die Consumerindustrie. Denn wenn die Leute mangels Geld zuhause bleiben müssen, wollen sie wenigstens ordentlich fernsehen.
Firms ready low-power mobile TV transmission station Product News 8/28/2008 Post a comment UDcast SA, French provider of wireless IP broadcast solutions, and Channelot Ltd., Israeli manufacturer of low-power mobile TV and digital TV transmitters, have teamed to develop Channelot 100i, a DVB-T/H micro-transmission station with an embedded UDcast iSplicer local content distribution adapter.
ASA releases Version 6.01 for M1 scope tools Product News 8/27/2008 Post a comment ASA Corp. has released Version 6.01 of its M1 oscilloscope tools software family with a PLL toolkit, designed to provide new views and measurements critical to understanding the behavior of PLLs in a system.
STATS ChipPac to provide services for Infineon News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Singapore-based test and packaging vendor STATS ChipPac has entered into an agreement with Infineon Technologies AG to provide manufacturing services for products based on Infineon's first-generation embedded wafer-level ball grid array technology.
Prosecutors reportedly search UMC offices News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Taiwan prosecutors have visited the headquarters of foundry United Microelectronics in Hsinchu, Taiwan, as well as the company's office in Taipei as part of probe into the company's investments, according to a Reuters report.
Photovoltaics underestimated, says SunPower co-founder News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Richard Swanson, co-founder of SunPower, dismissed detractors who argue that solar power cannot grow fast enough to make a meaningful dent in usage of fossil fuels, saying photovoltaics would be able to satisfy all U.S. electricity demands by 2040 at the current rate of growth.
China readies first multicore Godson CPUs News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Chinese researchers are preparing the first multicore versions of Godson, the country's first homegrown microprocessor, with a four- and eight-core designs scheduled to tape out in the coming months. China hopes to build a petaflops high-performance computer based on the Godson-3 in 2010.
European VC retreated in Q2, says Dow Jones News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Europe's venture capital industry recorded 167 deals in the second quarter, the lowest quarterly total in at least nine years. The 858 million euro (about $1.26 billion) invested, was 35 percent drop from the 1.33 billion euro (about $1.95 billion) invested in 286 deals over the same period in 2007, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.
Analysis: Shakeout looms in SSDs Product News 8/27/2008 Post a comment The battle is heating up in solid-state drives (SSDs). An endless stream of companies are expanding or entering the SSD fray, leaving many to predict a shakeout in the arena.
MEMS sensors pass actuators in the marketplace News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Instead of traditional applications in ink-jet printer heads and Digital Light Processors, motion sensors will act as the driving force for the MEMS market in the years through 2012, says market researcher iSuppli.
Memscap reduces operating loss in first half Product News 8/27/2008 Post a comment Memscap SA, French provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), published a consolidated revenue of 7.9 million euros ($12.1 million) for the first half of 2008. This compares to a revenue of 7.3 million euros ($9.8 million) for the same period last year. In dollars, the year-over-year growth amounted to 24 percent.