Nokia bleeds $1.38 billion in Q4; sales drop 21 percent News & Analysis 1/27/2012 7 comments Nokia had some good news and bad news for financial investors on Thursday (Jan. 26), announcing that though it had managed to sell over 1 million Windows Phone 7 Lumia devices to date, it had also lost $1.38-billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Freescale's CEO sees light at end of the tunnel News & Analysis 1/26/2012 1 comment Freescale Semiconductor CEO Rich Beyer said the semiconductor industry is close to the end of the current downturn on a day when his company reported a narrower net loss despite a decline in fourth quarter earnings.
Micron's president to retire News & Analysis 1/26/2012 2 comments D. Mark Durcan, president and chief operating officer at memory chip vendor Micron Technology, will step down in August and be succeeded by Micron's vice president of sales, the company announced.
TSMC returns fire over 28-nm process issues News & Analysis 1/26/2012 5 comments Maria Marced, a senior executive with foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has hit back at analysts who have said it has yield problems with its 28-nm CMOS manufacturing processes.
LSI beats estimates News & Analysis 1/26/2012 2 comments Storage and networking chip vendor LSI delivered fourth quarter sales and first quarter guidance that exceeded analysts' expectations.
Teradyne reports uptick in orders in Q4 News & Analysis 1/26/2012 Post a comment Automated test equipment vendor Teradyne reported fourth quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and said order bookings improved by more than 50 percent compared with the previous quarter.
Fab tool spending outlook improving, says Lam CEO News & Analysis 1/26/2012 Post a comment Martin Anstice, president and CEO of equipment vendor Lam Research, said the outlook for wafer fab tool spending in 2012 is looking up after Lam reported steep declines in sales and profit but delivered results that beat analysts' expectations.
SanDisk pauses fab expansion News & Analysis 1/26/2012 7 comments Flash memory maker SanDisk said it would put a freeze on expanding its Fab 5 after fourth quarter and fiscal year results came in below analyst expectations. The firm also announced weak first quarter revenue guidance based on lower demand for Flash memory in mobile.
Analog Devices releases 3.5GHz PLL synthesizers Product News 1/26/2012 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has released two new PLL synthesizers-- ADF4151 and ADF4196--for applications such as communications infrastructure base-stations, pulse and Doppler radar applications, test and instrumentation equipment, microwave point-to-point systems, PMR (professional mobile radio), VSATs (very small aperture terminals) and aerospace systems.
Elpida announces ReRAM chip, aims to enter market 2013 News & Analysis 1/25/2012 8 comments Struggling DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. has announced the development of a non-volatile resistance memory (ReRAM) prototype. The company said it plans to work with Sharp Corp. on commercialization with a view to volume production of a gigabit-scale ReRAM in 2013.
Day 3 DesignCon keynote: The future is optics News & Analysis 1/25/2012 Post a comment DesignCon keynoter Prith Banerjee will draw upon his vast experience as director of HP Labs and SVP of research in a talk that will breathe life to the complex realities of handling information within just the next few years.
Samplify offers speed up for multicore processors News & Analysis 1/25/2012 Post a comment Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a startup fabless chip company with expertise in compression, has announced it can provide application acceleration technology called APAX that can more than double the performance of multicore processors.
Fab tool book-to-bill improves again News & Analysis 1/25/2012 Post a comment The the three-month average ratio of bookings to billings posted by North American fab tool makers improved for the third consecutive month in December after six straight months of declines, according to SEMI.
Israel gives Intel ultimatum on fab grant News & Analysis 1/25/2012 36 comments The Israeli government is attempting to force Intel’s hand on a decision to potentially build a new fab in the north of the country in exchange for a 1 billion shekel ($264.37 million) grant
AMD posts loss, still beats street estimates News & Analysis 1/24/2012 3 comments Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a net loss of $177 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 on revenue of $1.69 billion, with operating income of $71 million, still managing to beat analyst expectations.
Engineering salaries on the rise News & Analysis 1/24/2012 9 comments Salaries in the tech sector, especially for engineers, are at their highest level since 2008, according to a recent survey, with average yearly pay for tech professionals in Silicon Valley pushing past $100,000.
Apple was top chip buyer in 2011, Gartner says News & Analysis 1/24/2012 4 comments Apple was the leading customer of semiconductor chip vendors in 2011, buying $17.3 billion worth of chips and accounting for 5.7 percent of chips purchased on a design total available market basis, according to market research firm Gartner.
Soitec, Sumitomo offer GaN wafers News & Analysis 1/24/2012 Post a comment Semiconductor manufacturing materials vendors Soitec and Sumitomo Electric have announced that they have demonstrated four- and six-inch diameter engineered gallium nitride wafer substrates.
Ten technologies that will shake the CE world News & Analysis 1/24/2012 16 comments Our editors found evidence aplenty of shifts under way at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,. Here are 10 technologies that we're betting will alter the consumer electronics landscape this year.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks Product News 1/24/2012 Post a comment The MW8208A aims to help wireless network field technicians and engineers accurately and quickly locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM) either in the base station antenna system or in the surrounding environment.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.