Viewpoint: Supersnoop wanted for intelligence on Apple News & Analysis 9/2/2009 3 comments Apple Inc.'s intense secrecy culture has helped it maintain a profitable stranglehold on its supply chain but while this strategy is beneficial to Apple it is a major constraint consumers, investors and suppliers must work to remove by actively and legally seeking intelligence on the company's activities.
Americas region is star of chip market recovery News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.12 billion in July 2009, up 7.3 percent from the same month a year before, according to to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Des mémoires DRAM sans capacité de stockage News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment Soucieuse de miniaturiser encore les mémoires DRAM, une équipe de l'Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique et du LAboratoire d'Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation (IMEP-LAHC) propose un concept de mémoire MSDRAM, où la capacité de stockage est tout simplement supprimée.
July 'actual' chip sales fell 9.1%, says WSTS News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment July's global market for semiconductors was $18.89 billion, down 9.1 percent from the $20.79 billion value of sales recorded in July 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Intelligent CANopen module for off-highway vehicles Product News 9/2/2009 1 comment TTControl, TTTech's subsidiary specializing in electronic control systems for off-highway vehicles, has developed a CANopen based, modular solution for extending the number of I/Os in mobile applications. The TTC 36X aims at different kinds of control tasks in utility vehicles and acts as slave unit in a CAN-based network architecture.
Sony, Blu-ray group set to push on 3D News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment The Blu-ray Disc Association is firming up plans to incorporate 3D TV content into the optical disc standard. However, the group gave few details of timescales or clear signals of which technology it would use to achieve this. And Sony is also set to announce a major push into 3D technologies.
Sales, profits fall at IQE in H2 News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment Wafer supplier IQE plc (Cardiff, Wales) posted a first-half operating loss for the first half of 2009 ended 30 June due to lower demand, but forecast a significant growth in sales during the second half and beyond as trading returned to pre-recession levels.
Suss launches 300mm test solution for 3D integration News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment Targeting the fledgling market for 3D chip integration, semiconductor back-end equipment specialist Suss Microtec (Garching, Germany) has launched a probe station geared for electrical probing of stacked structures. The company claims it is the first such solution that can handle 300mm wafers.
Dutheil gets back to ST News & Analysis 9/2/2009 Post a comment Once Gilles Delfassy becomes president and CEO of ST-Ericsson, on Nov. 2, Alain Dutheil will join the company's board of directors and return to his previous role as STMicroelectronics' chief operating officer.
Analysts: Immersion litho tool lead times growing News & Analysis 9/1/2009 Post a comment Lead times for immersion lithography tools are being extended from approximately 9 months to about 12 months or more, thanks to aggressive tool buying by the likes of Samsung Electronics and TSMC, according to analysts at Barclays Capital.
Nanoscale laser harnesses plasmons News & Analysis 9/1/2009 Post a comment What is being billed as the world's smallest semiconductor laser boasts a 5-nm active region that is 20 times smaller than the wavelength of the light it emits, according to university researchers.
Greek design house helps Israel's Amimon News & Analysis 9/1/2009 Post a comment Theta Microelectronics SA (Athens, Greece), a provider of design services and intellectual property, has designed a MIMO transceiver chip set for HD Wireless from Amimon Inc. (Herzlia, Israel). The chipet is now part of Amimon's product offering.
Freescale takes broad license on ARC's MQX software News & Analysis 9/1/2009 1 comment ARC International plc (St. Albans, England), a licensor of processor cores and associated intellectual property, has announced that Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has licensed the MQX real-time operating system (RTOS) and TCP/IP software stacks.
EVE breaks the billion-gate barrier Product News 9/1/2009 1 comment Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (Palaiseau, France) has introduced an emulation system that is claimed to support high-capacity designs of up to one-billion ASIC gates.
Technology said to cut cost of solar installations News & Analysis 9/1/2009 1 comment A power management startup venture promises to lower the installed cost of solar power systems and improve energy harvesting efficiency by up to 30 percent through technology said to allow easy connection of solar panels in parallel rather than in series.
Soitec lance une émission d'OCEANE News & Analysis 9/1/2009 Post a comment Le spécialiste du silicium sur isolant Soitec SA a lancé une émission d'obligations à option de conversion et/ou d’échange en actions nouvelles ou existantes (OCEANE) d’un montant d’environ 120 millions d’euros.
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