Mentor to proceed with bond offering News & Analysis 3/31/2011 Post a comment Despite protests from billionaire financier Carl Icahn and others, EDA vendor Mentor Graphics it would move ahead with a plan to offer up $253 million in convertible bonds through private placement.
Vishay PLTT series thin-film resistor Product News 3/31/2011 Post a comment Providing nearly a 100°C extension in operating temperature range over traditional thin film chip resistors, Vishay's product features a low standard TCR of ±5 ppm/°C and tolerances down to ±0.02 %.
Google joins NFC Forum as 'principal' member News & Analysis 3/31/2011 3 comments The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that Google Inc. is joining the organization as a principal member.
1000x bandwidth increase for 4G mobile networks Product News 3/31/2011 Post a comment Addressing the astronomical and historically underestimated increase in mobile data traffic demand, Broadcom unveiled its BCM56440 StrataXGS switch series this week, capable of delivering 1000x more bandwidth than legacy time-division multiplexing (TDM) networks
Samsung producing transparent LCD panels News & Analysis 3/31/2011 2 comments Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of a black-and-white type and the color type 22-inch transparent LCD panel, which enables a person to look right through the panel like glass.
SMIC details profitable 2010 News & Analysis 3/31/2011 Post a comment Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. made a net income of $14.0 million on sales revenue of $1,554.8 million in the 2010 calendar year. The company announced that sales were up 45.3 percent from $1,070.4 million in 2009 and the company turned round to a net profit from a loss of $962.5 million in 2009.
Reports: Google could "standardize" Android on ARM News & Analysis 3/31/2011 8 comments Google Inc. may be entering talks with ARM Holdings plc about a standardization of Android operating system for an ARM-based chipset, according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed sources at notebook computer makers.
Renesas sells U.S. fab to Telefunken News & Analysis 3/30/2011 4 comments Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. will sell its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Roseville, Calif. to Germany’s Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC for approximately $53 million.
Report: China's MCU market set to boom News & Analysis 3/30/2011 Post a comment China's microcontroller market is expected to reach $4.7 billion in revenue in 2015, up by more than two-thirds from $2.8 billion in 2010, according to a new report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Why did Anadigics' Rivas leave us? News & Analysis 3/30/2011 3 comments Mario Rivas acknowledged that his sudden resignation from Anadigics was a result of discussions with the company’s board, which he characterized as “very conservative.”
Icahn turns up heat on Mentor's board News & Analysis 3/30/2011 5 comments Billionaire financier Carl Icahn lashed out at Mentor Graphics' board of directors for rejecting his $1.9 billion takeover bid and announcing plans to raise up to $253 million through private placement of convertible bonds.
Synopsys offers IP for TSMC 28-nm process Product News 3/30/2011 Post a comment EDA company Synopsys Inc. has announced that is interface physical layer intellectual property cores and embedded memory SRAM for the 28-nm process technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Samsung, Sumitomo form sapphire substrate JV News & Analysis 3/30/2011 Post a comment Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. and South Korea's Samsung LED Co. Ltd. have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea for research and development, manufacture, and sales of sapphire substrates for LEDs.
Korean wafer maker plans $450M IPO, say reports News & Analysis 3/30/2011 1 comment LG Siltron Inc. South Korea's sole silicon wafer maker, has hired two financial institutions to manage a proposed $450 million initial public offering, according to Reuters, which referenced a report from the International Financial Review.
TI expects chips from Miho fab in September News & Analysis 3/30/2011 4 comments Texas Instruments Inc. has said its wafer fab in Miho, Japan, is on schedule for a return to full production by mid-July — meaning chips shipments in September — while its fab in Aizu is on track for full production by mid-April or earlier.
World's smallest MEMS mic debuts News & Analysis 3/30/2011 10 comments Akustica, acquired by Bosch in 2009, announced what it claims is the world's smallest digital microphone, its AKU230 which consumes only 700 square microns.
Cisco makes Nexus 7000 speak LISP News & Analysis 3/30/2011 1 comment Cisco released its first software supporting the Locator-ID Separation Protocol, an emerging standard for simplifying the process of finding Internet addresses.
Five predictions following Japan quake News & Analysis 3/29/2011 8 comments Bill McClean, president of IC Insights Inc., provides his analysis of the situation in Japan and its effect on worldwide GDP, electronic system sales, and the worldwide semiconductor market.
Elliptic CEO steps down News & Analysis 3/29/2011 1 comment Elliptic Technologies Inc., a provider of security semiconductor IP and software, has announced the appointment of Vijay Dube as the company’s president and chief executive.
Synopsys preps 'surge' verification via cloud News & Analysis 3/29/2011 1 comment Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus said the company would leverage the power of cloud computing to offer verification services on a massive scale by putting hundreds or even thousands of computers to work at one time on verifying customer designs using its VCS Verilog compiled code simulator.
Java father Gosling joins Google News & Analysis 3/29/2011 8 comments In a sign that Google is still the place to be for a software developer, James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language, has joined the search giant.
EDA growth hit double-digits again in Q4 News & Analysis 3/29/2011 Post a comment EDA revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 totaled nearly $1.51 billion, up 15 percent compared with the third quarter and up 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 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 ...