NEC, Renesas, ST, NXP lead weekly story ranking News & Analysis 5/1/2009 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, April 26, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, May 1. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Apple seen beefing up its chip design efforts News & Analysis 5/1/2009 Post a comment The confirmation earlier this week that Apple has hired two former ATI/AMD chip designers has rekindled suggestions that the company is handpicking a team of engineers and semiconductor specialists as it seeks to create its own semiconductor design business.
European chip sales for March up 3.9% in Euros News & Analysis 5/1/2009 Post a comment The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) says that, when currency exchange impacts between the US dollar and the Euro are taken into account, sales of semiconductors in Europe were worth Euros 1.67 billion Euros in March 2009, which represents the first increase after four monthly declines.
Chip sales see slight rebound in March News & Analysis 5/1/2009 Post a comment Global sales of semiconductors were $14.7 billion in March, up 3.3 percent from February 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Year-on-year sales came in at 29.9 percent down on the corresponding month of 2008.
Analyst: Handset shipments down 13% in Q1 News & Analysis 5/1/2009 Post a comment The mobile phones sector suffered one of its worst ever performances in terms of units shipped in the first quarter, with the number of handsets sold, 245 million, down 13 percent from the 282 million units a year earlier.
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