Sharp mortgages factories to keep going News & Analysis 9/6/2012 5 comments Japan's troubled Sharp Corp. has mortgaged nearly all of its domestic factories and offices, including one making liquid crystal displays for Apple products, to secure loans, according to a Reuters report.
Fab spending to jump in 2013, says SEMI News & Analysis 9/6/2012 1 comment Total fab spending is set to expand by 16.7 percent in 2013 to reach a record high of $42.7 billion, according to industry trade group SEMI. Fab spending is also set to head east as a cycle of building wafer fabs in the United States comes to an end and projects in Korea, China and Taiwan start to drive spending.
UMC to make 'back-side' image sensors News & Analysis 9/6/2012 Post a comment Foundry United Microelectronics Corp. and STMicroelectronics have announced a collaborative effort to develop a 65-nm CMOS image sensor processor that supports back-side illumination and which will be opened up to other foundry customers.
MicroGen backed by Xtrion News & Analysis 9/6/2012 1 comment Belgian holding company Xtrion, the majority owner of X-Fab Silicon Foundries, led an investment round totaling $2.6 million in U.S. MEMS energy harvest company MicroGen Systems.Gen
APEC offers 600V discrete IGBTs Product News 9/5/2012 Post a comment Advanced Power Electronics has released a family of 600V discrete IGBTs for use in AC and DC motor control, home appliances, UPS, solar inverters, and induction cookers.
Semiconductor R&D set to hit record high News & Analysis 9/5/2012 Post a comment Spending on research and development by semiconductor companies worldwide is expected to grow 10 percent in 2012 to a record high of $53.4 billion, according to market analysis firm IC Insights.
TSMC on 450-mm wafers and lithography News & Analysis 9/5/2012 6 comments Foundry chip maker TSMC now foresees the start of volume production of ICs on 450-mm diameter wafers in 2018, according to local reports that reference executives speaking ahead of the Semicon Taiwan exhibition and conference.
Chip sales grew slightly in July News & Analysis 9/4/2012 Post a comment Semiconductor sales improved slightly in July compared to June, but remained lower than July 2011, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association trade group.
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East News & Analysis 9/4/2012 3 comments Come to Boston Sept 17 - 20; get a free show-floor pass or 15% sessions discount to learn the latest in embedded, Android, MEMS, and more.
Printed sensor startup preps pilot line News & Analysis 9/3/2012 1 comment Isorg, a French startup company that can print optoelectronic sensors on plastic and glass surfaces to create novel forms of detection, gesture control and image sensing, has completed the construction of its pilot manufacturing line.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times