AMD gained MPU share in Q409, says iSuppli News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices increased its share of the global microprocessor market to 12.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the company took share from both larger rival Intel and smaller players, according to market research firm iSuppli.
IBM warns of 'design rule explosion' beyond 22-nm News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment The recent The International Symposium on Physical Design featured a warning from IBM about "design rule explosion," Mentor Graphics' pitch to the automotive sector and a proposal from a former Cadence Design Systems Fellow on using EDA to study the human brain.
Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
Kyocera to acquire LCD facility from Sony News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Kyocera Corp. has agreed to acquire a part of Sony Mobile Display Corp.'s thin-film transistor liquid crystal display design and manufacturing business. The amount Kyocera is spending was not disclosed.
Target names sales partner in Korea News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment Target Compiler Technologies NV (Leuven, Belgium) announced it has concluded a distribution agreement with Seoul-based Acetronix to provide sales and marketing support for its IP Designer and IP Programmer EDA tools throughout Korea.
Rapid growth expected for GaN power management ICs News & Analysis 3/31/2010 Post a comment The market for gallium nitride power management chips is expected to grow to $183.6 million in 2013 from virtually zero in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which most of this growth to occur in 2012 and 2013 as technology advancements reduce the cost of manufacturing.
Jury: SCO does not own copyright on Linux code News & Analysis 3/30/2010 4 comments A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Chip maker asks ITC to block iPad sales News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Taiwanese chip and touch screen maker Elan Microelectronics has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the forthcoming iPad tablet, on the grounds that they allegedly infringe on patents held by Elan.
Novellus CEO: New (and old) IC growth drivers News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment It's back to the future in the semiconductor industry. Driven by many of the same dynamics from the 1990s, the semiconductor industry is set for a new and healthy three-to-four year growth cycle, according to the top executive from Novellus Systems.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Pigeon Point offers BMR starter kits with SmartFusion Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of programmable logic vendor Actel, announced new AdvancedTCA IPM Controller and ATCA/AdvancedMC Carrier IPMC board management reference starter kits using Actel's new SmartFusion mixed signal FPGA.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Bilski case soon News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Legal experts expect the Supreme Court will issue a decision any day upholding the Bilski ruling that limits business-method and software patents but may call for the Federal Circuit court to broaden a test of what can be patentable it set in that case.
Applied invests in Enphase Energy News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Enphase Energy Inc. (Petaluma, Calif.), a supplier of solar microinverter systems, has secured $40 million in funding, with Bay Partners leading the equity financing.
Intel-Micron JV hiring for delayed Singapore fab News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment In another signal that a delayed 300-mm fab in Singapore is moving closer to ramp up, IM Flash Technologies--the NAND flash joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology--is advertising dozens of jobs openings in the island city-state.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Infineon uses Synopsys' Galaxy for baseband processor Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Munich-based chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG said it has deployed Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform, including IC Compiler, for the 40nm processor aimed at the X-GOLD 626 multi-million-gate analog and digital system-in-package (SIP).
Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
Virage, MIPS match memory, processor IP Product News 3/30/2010 Post a comment Processor IP company MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is teaming up with another IP licensor Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) to offer embedded memory IP for joint customers.
Tanner EDA appoints sales partner News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), has concluded an agreement with New York-based Kelleher Systems for the distribution of its full-flow analog IC design suite, HiPer Silicon, throughout North America.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.