French virtual HMI startup raises $3.9 million News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment h2i technologies SA, French startup specialized in virtual human-machine interfaces (HMI), has raised 2.5 million euros ($3.9 million) in a round of financing led by Crédit Agricole Private Equity and the company's initial investors, namely Emertec and Soridec.
Electronic ID card could stimulate smart card market News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment The German federal government has announced to introduce an electronic ID card similar to the electronic passport already in use. In contrast to the passport, the ID card will optionally carry an electronic signature which enables it to use it as an internet authentication device, potentially replacing PIN and TAN based transaction procedures. For the industry, the device will create a significant additional business.
Apple with P.A. is possible ARM architecture licensee News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Warren East, chief executive officer of ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), has declined to name the company that has taken a multiyear architecture license for ARM's current and future technologies. But East gave enough clues at an analysts' meeting to show clearly that Apple is a contender.
UMC posts mixed Q2, warns about Q3 News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Taiwan foundry provider United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted mixed results in the second quarter and warned about the overall business climate in the third period.
Rohm takes step to buy Oki's chip unit News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to transfer 95 percent of the shares of its semiconductor unit, Oki Semiconductor Co. Ltd., to Rohm Co. Ltd.
Gennum acquires IP firm News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Gennum Corp. has acquired ASIC Architect Inc., a developer of high-speed controller intellectual property (IP) based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Cisco invests in Israeli startup News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Celeno Communications Inc., Israeli provider of semiconductors for multimedia WiFi home networking applications, announced it has raised $16 million in a Series C round of financing led by Cisco Systems, Inc. and the company's initial investors, namely Greylock Partners and Pitango Venture Capital.
Soitec finalise son plan d'intéressement des salariés News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Suite et fin du plan d'intéressement des salariés de Soitec SA. Faisant suite au contrat PACEO (Programme d’Augmentation de Capital par Exercice d’Options) signé début juin avec la Société Générale, le spécialiste du silicium sur isolant (SOI) annonce que 400 salariés et responsables ont accès à 1 656 261 bons de souscription et/ou d’acquisition d’actions remboursables, non cotés, (BSAAR).
E-cars driving out of the niche, researcher says News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment In the face of shrinking fossil fuels reserves, alternative automotive drive technologies gain importance. This trend is the major force to establish electrically driven cars as mainstream products, believes market researcher Frost & Sullivan.
Continental seeks engineers Product News 7/30/2008 Post a comment Automotive electronics supplier Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) is urgently looking for engineers. In order to facilitate the integration process of Siemens VDO which has been acquired past year, the company has launched an internal recruiting project.
Siemens-Industriesparte bekommt neuen Chef News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Zum 1. Oktober wird Jens Michael Wegmann die Leitung der Division Industry Solutions im Siemens-Sektor Industry übernehmen. Er folgt damit auf Jörgen-Ole Haslestad, der das Unternehmen auf eigenen Wunsch verlässt.
Microscope-on-a-chip debuts Product News 7/29/2008 Post a comment Today's bulky, expensive microscopes could be come smaller and cheaper after researchers found a way to combine pinhole optics, microfluidics and a charge-coupled device to assemble a working microscope on a single chip.
India targets $10 laptop News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment India's Ministry of Human Resources Development will seek to develop a very-low-cost access, low-power device designed to link Indian technology and other institutes.
HP, Intel, Yahoo partner in cloud computing News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo have partnered with three research groups to create an open source test bed for research in cloud-computing, the concept of using globally distributed computers as a platform for delivering services.
Lasers need lenses no more News & Analysis 7/29/2008 1 comment Researchers have demonstrated a plasmonic collimator that utilizes grooves etched directly into the semiconductor laser facet. The technique could eliminate costly, bulky lenses.
ST launches multi-channel clock distribution chip line Product News 7/29/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics announced the first six devices in a series of clock-distribution ICs, which it says are the first in the market to provide per-channel output-enable controls for precision clock management in embedded and handheld applications.
Global chip sales seen up 7% in June News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales for June is estimated to have come in at $21.4 billion up 7 percent from $20.0 billion in June 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research.
Double digit growth for WLAN and Bluetooth News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment Newly released forecasts from market research firm IDC indicate that wireless connectivity will remain a high growth opportunity for wireless semiconductor vendors as specifications for WLAN and Bluetooth continue to evolve.
Wolfson results signal uncertainty ahead News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment Leading mixed signal ic provider Wolfson Microelectronics reported second-quarter revenues up but profits down, and signalled a note of caution in its third quarter guidance, citing 'uncertain macro environment impacting customer demand patterns.'