NXP mulls IP licensing for its Mifare platform News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors is looking seriously at licensing to other semiconductor companies its Mifare contactless chip card platform technology for use in SIM cards and NFC applications such as ticketing, payment and access management.
Icera delays IPO, plans to raise cash for LTE play News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment Icera Inc., a venture capital backed fabless chip company with a chipset and software modem for high-speed packet access (HSPA), has delayed a planned initial public offering of shares until about 2010, while it plans to raise more private money to fund its push into the Long-Term Evolution communications standard.
French group readies NFC-enabled speakers Product News 5/2/2008 Post a comment French consumer electronics manufacturer Parrott (Paris) is readying a range of speakers that will incorporate Near Field Communications tags supplied by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England).
Russia to co-develop laptop fuel cells News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment Moscow-based Aspect Association, an organization working with a network of Russian technology companies, announced plans to mass produce fuel-cell chargers for laptop computers by the end of 2009.
Wireless camps prep fresh 4G battle News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment The International Telecommunication Union, Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) 's recent call for candidates for the next-generation IMT-Advanced mobile broadband technologies has spurred competing standards groups into action.
Icera moves HSPA modem to 65-nm Product News 5/2/2008 Post a comment Icera Inc., a fabless semiconductor startup that has developed the Livanto wireless modem chipset supporting high-speed packet access (HSPA), has announced the customer sampling of the second-generation of the chipset.
Samsung boxt Wettbewerber aus dem DRAM Markt News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment Nach der jüngsten Statistik des Marktforschungsunternehmens iSuppli ist es dem koreanischen Elektronikkonzern Samsung im ersten Quartal gelungen, seinen Vorsprung im hart umkämpften Markt für Speicherchips weiter auszubauen. Während die Wettbewerber angesichts des Preisverfalls und der schwachen US-Konjunktur ihre Produktion zurückschrauben mussten, hat Samsung seinen Ausstoß noch erhöht.
DRAM rankings: Samsung seeks to bury competitors News & Analysis 5/2/2008 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. clung to its DRAM market lead in the first quarter, according to market researcher iSuppli, cranking up production as competitors retreated in response to weak market conditions and a U.S. economic recession.
What is Atmel? News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Atmel Corp. has quietly sold its WiMax development group in Germany as part of an ongoing effort to restructure the company, according to reports from analysts.
OnChip delivers tiny silicon capacitor Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment OnChip Devices has released a wire-bondable miniature silicon chip capacitor that the company claims is the industry's smallest and thinnest, measuring 10 x 10 mils sq. (0.25 x 0.25 mm) with thicknesses as thin as 4 mils (0.1 mm).
Graphics market soft in first quarter News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Sales of computer graphics chips had a slightly lower than usual seasonal downturn, leading one analyst to issue a cautious market projection for the next few quarters for the sector that can be a bellwether for computer sales and a key indicator of electronics sales overall.
16-bit, 105-Msps serial output A/D converter conserves FPGA I/O pins Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment With a high speed 2-wire serial interface, the LTC2274 from Linear reduces the number of data I/O lines required between a 16-bit A/D converter and the FPGA from 16 CMOS or 32 LVDS parallel data lines to a single, self-clocking, differential pair communicating at 2.1-Gbit/s, freeing up valuable FPGA pins.
Low-cost, versatile Class D amplifiers line debuts Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX9736A/B, a family of versatile single-supply, filterless Class D speaker amplifiers, which provide high-performance, thermally efficient amplifier solutions at the lowest solution cost.
ARM joins Intel firmware group News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum to better support OEMs that are developing ARM processor-based systems.
CSR takes huge charge on Ubinetics acquisition News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Shares in wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) plunged by as much as 25 percent in early trading as the company announced it had taken a charge of $52.9 million for the acquisition in 2005 of Ubinetics. The compnay also saw a fall off in demand for its chips, mainly Bluetooth parts, from makers of mobile phone makers and other consumer electronics devices, notably headsets.
Fujitsu claims advance in "soft error" elimination News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Researchers at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) are claiming a major advance on improving the reliability of semiconductors with a technique for quick and accurate measurement of the "soft errors" that could be caused to a chip by the effect of neutrons from some cosmic rays.
10GEPON demand outweighs risk News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment While most broadband links deliver service below 10 Mbits/second, the IEEE is working on a broadband standard that is 1,000 times as fast. According to Glen Kramer, chairman of the IEEE 10-Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10GEPON) task group and chief scientist at chip supplier Teknovus, the task group is on track to move the standardization process to the next step, working-group balloting, in July.
Broadcom expands networking portfolio Product News 5/1/2008 Post a comment Broadcom has expanded its network switching portfolio for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi networks with an end-to-end solution that combines its Intensi-fi silicon with its FASTPATH networking software to deliver features that IT managers require across their wireless networks.
Europe continues to disappoint in chip sales growth News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Sales of semiconductors in Europe during March were $3.4 billion, up 2.1 percent over the previous month and an increase of just 0.5 percent on the $3.4 billion achieved in the same period last year. The growth rates are the slowest of the four regions tracked by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Chip sales up 3.8% in Q1 compared to Q107 News & Analysis 5/1/2008 Post a comment Global sales of semiconductors during the first quarter of 2008 came in at $63.4 billion, up 3.8 percent on the same period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
What happened to Motorola? News & Analysis 5/1/2008 1 comment How does a company go from selling 45.4 million wireless handsets in one quarter to 27.4 million units one year later? What explains a market share drop to 9.7 percent from 18.4 percent in a single year?