A PROFINET Competence Centre opens in France News & Analysis 10/29/2009 Post a comment Molex has been accredited as PROFINET Competence Centre (PICC) for France for a period of two years. The PICC which consists of employees of Molex and Testlab, has demonstrated the necessary competence and has the necessary equipment to offer full support.
Acal to acquire electronics, photonics component supplier News & Analysis 10/29/2009 Post a comment Components and systems distributor Acal plc announced it is acquiring the entire issued share capital of France-based BFi Optilas SAS for 10 million euros ($14.78 million) payable in cash and 2 million euros ($2.95 million) of Acal ordinary shares to be issued on completion.
Teradyne posts Q3 profit News & Analysis 10/29/2009 Post a comment Automated test equipment vendor Teradyne posted a GAAP net income from continuing operations of $6.7 million on revenue of $262 million for the third quarter, the company said.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz News & Analysis 10/29/2009 6 comments The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
4 reasons for 3-D TV, 7 more for why it's a long shot News & Analysis 10/29/2009 8 comments The possibility of 3-D entertainment in the home is a foregone conclusion according to Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and Panasonic. But here are four reasons for their 3-D push, and seven reasons for why it's still a long shot.
Foundries top Q3 forecasts on improved utilization News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Continuing a positive trend that is rippling through the broader semiconductor industry, silicon foundries UMC and SMIC posted better-than-expected third-quarter sales. Both companies also reported improved capacity utilization levels approaching 90 percent.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
Verizon to OEMs: Get the heat out News & Analysis 10/28/2009 2 comments Verizon Communications Inc. will require OEMs starting in July 2010 to supply thermal models for circuit boards and cabinets for any equipment they want to sell to the carrier as part of a new energy-saving strategy.
Intel, Numonyx claim phase-change memory milestone News & Analysis 10/28/2009 13 comments Researchers from Intel and its flash memory joint venture, Numonyx, have demonstrated the ability to stack multiple layers of phase-change memory (PCM) arrays within a single die, a breakthrough that could pave the way for PCM to one day displace multiple existing memory technologies in various applications, they said.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
Fujitsu fiscal Q2 profit rise on investment gains, sales drop 10% News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Fujitsu Ltd.'s net income for the fiscal 2009 second quarter jumped to $804 million from $47 million, boosted by a huge increase from gains on the sale of investment securities, which helped to offset the negative impact of a 10 percent decline in sales from the year-ago comparable quarter.
ST licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core Product News 10/28/2009 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in its next-generation set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
STMicroelectronics : Smart-reset chip supports two-button control Product News 10/28/2009 Post a comment To overcome the frustration people can feel when electronic products ‘freeze’ in mid-operation, a smart-reset chip announced by STMicroelectronics allows the system to be restarted safely without removing the battery or finding a tool to push the reset button, usually hidden behind a hole in the casing.
Earnings roundup: More chip firms top estimates News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment More semiconductor companies and suppliers reported quarterly sales that beat consensus analyst expectations, including RF Micro Devices, Silicon Storage Technology, Amkor Technology, Actel, National Instruments and Integrated Device Technology.
Actel swings to Q3 profit News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Actel reported a third-quarter profit, surprising analysts who had expected the programmable logic vendor to post a loss for the period.
Dongbu seeks respect, rolls foundry processes News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Dongbu HiTek, based here, has a ways to go to be mentioned in the same breath as silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), but the Korean company appears to be pointed in the right direction.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...