Taiwan startup offers Class-D power amplifier Product News 3/6/2012 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal fabless chip company NeoEnergy Microelectronics has developed a Class-D audio power amplifier for the consumer electronics market. Typical applications will include digital televisions, computer monitors, and games consoles, the company said.
Video: Augmented Reality enhances MWC News & Analysis 3/6/2012 Post a comment Augmented Reality is the process of layering computer generated graphics on top of real world environments, either directly or indirectly through a tablet or cell phone. The technology provides a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery, or in other words, it’s what the world would look like with the Internet layered on top of it.
GSA concerned over WSTS, may seek sales data role News & Analysis 3/6/2012 2 comments The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) industry body has said it is concerned over the withdrawal of chip companies Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics program. The GSA added that it is considering whether it has role to play in maintaining the availability of this type of data.
Elpida's bankruptcy to boost other DRAM suppliers News & Analysis 3/6/2012 6 comments Last week's bankruptcy filing by Japan's Elpida Memory should work in favor of other DRAM vendors, reducing supply and boosting average selling prices and revenue in the second half of 2012, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Vishay buys HiRel Systems for $85 million News & Analysis 3/5/2012 1 comment Discrete semiconductor and passive components supplier Vishay Intertechnology acquired HiRel Systems LLC, a supplier of transformers, inductors, coils and power conversion products, for $85 million.
Chip sales slipped 2.7% in January News & Analysis 3/5/2012 1 comment The three-month rolling average of global semiconductors in January totaled $23.1 billion, down 2.7 percent from $23.8 billion in December 2011, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, which issued the first monthly sales report since Intel and AMD stopped reporting data to the program.
MediaTek takes Rambus license News & Analysis 3/5/2012 1 comment Technology licensor Rambus said Taiwanese chip vendor MediaTek agreed to license Rambus's patents, just days after a U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge ruled that MediaTek and other firms were not infringing several patents that Rambus had asserted against them.
Money, cleantech and what comes next News & Analysis 3/5/2012 9 comments After a challenging half-decade, VCs are focusing on less-capital-intensive, “demand side” investments of modest size in the smart grid, energy efficiency and energy storage markets.
MEMS gyro sales to outpace accelerometers, says IHS News & Analysis 3/5/2012 7 comments The market for MEMS gyroscopes was $655.4 million in 2011, up 66 percent from $394.5 million in 2010 and displacing accelerometers as the revenue champion in consumer and mobile MEMS, according market research firm IHS.
Windows 8 consumer preview in pictures News & Analysis 3/5/2012 32 comments Kicking off the Microsoft event at MWC last week, president of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, launched the “Consumer Preview” beta version of Windows 8, before its anticipated official full version launch this coming autumn.
AMD relinquishes stake in Globalfoundries News & Analysis 3/5/2012 30 comments AMD agreed to relinquish its remaining 14 percent stake in Globalfoundries and to pay Globalfoundries $425 million as part of an amended foundry supply agreement between the two firms that will enable AMD to use another foundry provider at the 28-nm node.
Product Roundup: Mobile World Congress, part 2 Product News 3/2/2012 Post a comment Wish you had made it to Barcelona? Never fear, intrepid reporter Larry Desjardin (contributing editor for Test & Measurement World) was on the scene, covering the best and brightest test equipment on display at Mobile World Congress.
SIA committed to data programs, says chief News & Analysis 3/1/2012 5 comments Brian Toohey, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association trade group, said the organization remains committed to data programs and that he is hopeful that a solution can be reached to enable the WSTS to continue reporting data on microprocessor sales.
Updated: Parting shots from MWC 2012 News & Analysis 3/1/2012 3 comments The outlook for cellular networks is mixed with slow growth expected for LTE roll outs taking diverse approaches to keep pace with a burgeoning set of devices.
Luxtera, ST in deal to take silicon photonics mainstream News & Analysis 3/1/2012 12 comments STMicroelectronics NV has said it agreed with CMOS photonics specialist Luxtera Inc. to develop a dedicated silicon photonics process at its 300-mm research and pilot production wafer fab in Crolles, France. Production at Crolles would then enable the two companies to provide silicon photonics components and systems.
SIA pulls plug on fab capacity report News & Analysis 3/1/2012 9 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association said it would cease publication of a closely watched quarterly report on chip fab capacity utilization, one day after it came to light that Intel and AMD stopped participating in another program that pools and reports data on chip sales.
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