Freescale hits GaAs on RF basestation ICs Product News 6/30/2010 1 comment Freescale is moving into gallium arsenide for monolithic microwave basestation ICs that harness ultralow-noise amps for trunk network amplifier radio cards and as predrivers for its high-voltage lateral diffusion MOS power amps.
MagnaChip withdraws IPO - again News & Analysis 6/30/2010 Post a comment MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC, a spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has withdrawn a planned initial public offering due to "adverse market conditions."
HP, QLogic, Emulex FCoE News & Analysis 6/29/2010 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard is adopting new Fibre Channel over Ethernet chips from Emulex and QLogic in its latest round of data center systems, giving a much boost to the upcoming suppliers who face competition from entrenched chip designers including Broadcom, Intel and Marvell.
Microchip integrates USB, large RAM in PIC MCUs Product News 6/29/2010 Post a comment In an effort to improve throughput and data buffering in Ethernet connectivity, remote sensing, data logging and audio streaming applications, Microchip Technology has integrated USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbyes of RAM into its latest microcontrollers.
Supreme Court's Bilski patent ruling News & Analysis 6/29/2010 12 comments In a slim 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court decided not to endorse or define a test of what can be patented, instead, it issued a narrow decision in the case of Bernard Bilski vs. the U.S. Patent Office.
GE licenses Rambus LED technology News & Analysis 6/29/2010 Post a comment GE Lighting, a unit of the General Electric Company's appliances and lighting business, has signed a licensing agreement for the use of Rambus' lighting patents, reference designs and manufacturing process know-how.
EUV litho sources improving, says workshop News & Analysis 6/29/2010 2 comments Sources for extreme ultraviolet lithography are not yet sufficiently bright to allow commercial wafer throughputs, but they are improving sufficiently for beta tools shipping in 2011, according to participants at a workshop held in Maui, Hawaii.
Rohde & Schwarz find scope for expansion News & Analysis 6/29/2010 Post a comment Rohde & Schwarz is today launching its first dedicated oscilloscopes. It has developed its own ASICs and A to D converters to support the new design which is described as 20 times faster than existing devices.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip News & Analysis 6/29/2010 2 comments Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
BOM for iPhone 4 is $188, says iSuppli News & Analysis 6/28/2010 2 comments The 16-Gbyte version of Apple's iPhone 4 carries a bill of materials cost of $187.51, keeping with Apple's strategy of maintaining hefty profit margins on the popular smartphone, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint News & Analysis 6/28/2010 3 comments STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
Analyst: China's IC manufacturing spend paying off News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Semiconductor fabs in China produced 40 billion ICs in 2009, accounting for 25.1 percent of domestic demand, up from 20.9 percent in 2004, according to a new report that concludes that massive investments in China's semiconductor industry are paying dividends.
Smart consumer devices News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Consumer electronics is on the brink of a "smart devices revolution" according to the consumer electronics panel members at last week's Freescale Technology Forum.
transceiver Product News 6/28/2010 1 comment TI TUSB1310 provides essential physical-level functions, features sensitivity twice the USB 3.0 requirement
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
media tablet iPad Killer News & Analysis 6/28/2010 3 comments Whatever you prefer to call the next-gen media tablet, the popularity of these devices speaks to changes underway in how we use computers and consume content.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses News & Analysis 6/28/2010 1 comment Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Firm to pay up to $58M for Atmel's smart card biz News & Analysis 6/28/2010 Post a comment Atmel said it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Secure Microcontroller Solutions business to Inside Contactless for up to $58 million after completing consultation with the Works Council at Atmel's SMS facility in Rousset, France.
DC/DC converter powers systems from 18V to 75V Product News 6/28/2010 Post a comment Ericsson Power Modules has developed a quarter-brick, isolated DC/DC converter that is optimized to deliver the highest efficiency across an ultra wide input voltage range of 18V to 75V, enabling designers to use the same DC/DC converter in both 24V and 48V-battery-based systems.
ADI to spend $28 million on Irish R&D News & Analysis 6/28/2010 1 comment IDA Ireland, the government agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland, has announced a 23 million euro (about $28 million) investment in R&D at Analog Devices facility in Raheen, County Limerick.
Synchronous regulators target consumer electronics apps Product News 6/28/2010 Post a comment ON Semiconductor has introduced a new family of high efficiency 2A to 4A integrated synchronous regulators for consumer electronics applications such as set top boxes, DVD/hard disk drives, LCD monitors/TVs, speakerphones, cable modems, and telecom/datacom equipment.
Cost-effective airbag control unit from Bosch Product News 6/28/2010 Post a comment Bosch is extending its airbag control unit portfolio with an economy model. The new “AB light” has been developed for low-price vehicles, which are rapidly becoming a common sight in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil.
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.