Wolfson issues warning over slow sales News & Analysis 6/27/2011 4 comments Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
European solar incentive cuts initiate global PV market shift News & Analysis 6/27/2011 1 comment Continued government policy adjustments are causing major shifts in the sizes, growth rates and customer segment mix of photovoltaic (PV) markets in 2011, according to the conclusions of three new Regional Downstream PV Market reports issued by Solarbuzz. Specifically, European markets, led by Germany and Italy, have absorbed Feed-In Tariff (FIT) rate cuts of up to one-third between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011.
Freescale's makeover: How's it look? News & Analysis 6/26/2011 32 comments CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
NIST materials scientist awarded Kyoto Prize News & Analysis 6/24/2011 2 comments The Kyoto Prize winners this year include material scientists pioneer John Cahn, now an emeritus Fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST). Cahn's numerous contributions to the science of metallurgical alloys--including the co-authorship of the seminal paper explaining quasicrystals--are widely used in semiconductors, renewable energy, robotics, medicine and transportation.
Accenture to do Windows development for Nokia News & Analysis 6/24/2011 22 comments Mobile phone maker Nokia Oy and Accenture plc have finalized their agreement to outsource Symbian software development and support to Accenture. At the same time Accenture said it will retrain and redeploy transferred staff while providing Microsoft-related services to Nokia through Avanade, a majority-owned technology services company.
Power transistor market set to grow 9% in 2011 News & Analysis 6/24/2011 6 comments The global market for power transistors is set to reach $13.1 billion in 2011, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc., an increase of 9 percent over 2010, which itself was a 44 percent increase over the market in 2009.
Tilera launches many-core 64-bit processor Product News 6/24/2011 3 comments Fabless many-core processor vendor Tilera Corp. has launched its Tile-Gx 3000 family of 40-nm processors claiming they provide a 10-fold improvement over Intel's SandyBridge processor in terms of performance-per-watt.
Doubling shipments boosts Imagination profits News & Analysis 6/24/2011 2 comments The number of chips that shipped containing graphics and other cores from licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc annually almost doubled in the financial year to April 30, causing a jump in revenue and profit.
CEA calls for signing Declaration of Innovation News & Analysis 6/24/2011 2 comments In a dramatic move to reinvigorate the U.S. economy thru ingenuity and innovation Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, offered his Declaration of Innovation at CE Week here.
Micron's sales fall short of estimates News & Analysis 6/24/2011 4 comments Memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported revenue for its fiscal third quarter that fell below analysts' expectations as the company posted sequential declines in sales for both DRAM and NAND flash memory.
House passes patent reform bill News & Analysis 6/23/2011 22 comments The U.S. House of Representatives passed a patent reform bill by a vote of 304-117, the last major hurdle in revamping the U.S. patent system.
Nvidia quit PC benchmarking consortium, too News & Analysis 6/23/2011 9 comments Nvidiay left PC benchmarking consortium Business Applications Performance Corp., the organization now engaged in a war of words with Advanced Micro Devices after AMD exited the group earlier this week.
Updated: India again seeks help with fabs News & Analysis 6/23/2011 42 comments The so-called Empowered Committee, set up by the Indian government to get the country into chip manufacturing, has prepared an advertisement inviting potential technology providers and financial investors to make a preliminary expression of interest in setting up semiconductor wafer fabs in India.
JTAG sponsors EU student mission to the Moon News & Analysis 6/23/2011 1 comment Boundary-scan specialist JTAG Technologies (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) said it has agreed to donate its boundary-scan hardware, software and technical support to the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project.
ST-Ericsson tips restructuring plan News & Analysis 6/23/2011 2 comments ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson AB, has said it will implement cost savings to reduce annualized costs by about $120 million by the end of 2012. Up to 500 jobs are expected to be affected on a staff roster of about 6,700.
Analog startup goes old school, gets funding News & Analysis 6/23/2011 21 comments An analog IC startup with a seasoned management team and a throwback business model emerged to disclose the receipt of $12 million in series A venture capital funding and announce new analog comparator products.
PCI Express takes on Thunderbolt News & Analysis 6/22/2011 19 comments The PCI Special Interest Group will launch an effort in July to create a cabled version of PCI Express that will take on the Thunderbolt interconnect developed by Intel.
AMD, PC benchmarking group trade barbs News & Analysis 6/22/2011 13 comments AMD traded barbs with PC benchmarking consortium BAPCo after AMD resigned from the organization and said it would not endorse the latest version of a popular benchmark.
Voice recognition in Sync with simplicity News & Analysis 6/22/2011 4 comments Ford Motor Co. claims to have tamed voice recognition with the latest version of its Sync technology by upping the number of commands a hundredfold while simplifying their grammar.
Smart automotive controller cuts chip-count News & Analysis 6/22/2011 8 comments Freescale Semiconductor rolled out a new line of smart microcontrollers with integrated high-voltage capabilities for smarter motor-powered capabilities inside the cabin of automobiles
China white-box handset market in decline News & Analysis 6/22/2011 4 comments After a couple of recent profit warnings from white-box – or unbranded – handset manufacturers Nomura Equity Research has concluded that China's handset OEMs are facing structural problems.
Two design standards efforts combine forces News & Analysis 6/22/2011 3 comments Accellera and the Open SystemC Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a single organization that will leverage the complementary EDA standards efforts of both groups.
U.S. House to vote on patent reform News & Analysis 6/22/2011 14 comments The House of Representatives is set to vote as early as Wednesday on a broad patent reform bill, the last big step in a six-year effort to enact a patent reform.
PLX, Avago demo PCI Express over fiber News & Analysis 6/21/2011 Post a comment Chip makers PLX Technology and Avago Technologies announced a collaboration using optics to demonstrate PCI Express extending beyond its dominant role within the box to a cabled box-to-box solution.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.