China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities News & Analysis 6/23/2014 Post a comment Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
Brazil Wins in LFoundry Rousset Sell-Off News & Analysis 6/20/2014 1 comment South American wafer fab Six Semiconductores of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected by the Commercial Court of Paris to buy the assets of the bankrupt LFoundry Rousset wafer fab site.
Molex's Shopping Spree Continues News & Analysis 6/18/2014 1 comment Following the recent acquisition of the heavy-duty connector business of Westec last May, and after acquiring the Munich-based FCT Electronics Group in August last year, Molex, which only merged with cabling and connector giant Koch Industries in November last year, is now acquiring Flamar Cavi Elettrici S.r.l.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Intel, Dell Ride SDN Into Telcos News & Analysis 6/16/2014 6 comments To handle the explosion of data in a more effective way, several service providers are advocating for a move to virtual networks driven by software and spearheaded by the telecommunications industry.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS News & Analysis 6/10/2014 10 comments The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment News & Analysis 6/9/2014 3 comments Collaboration between Ziptronix and EVG has led to submicron post-bond alignment accuracy on customer-provided wafers. The process supports stacking and can be applied to memory and image sensors.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars News & Analysis 6/9/2014 9 comments Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
AMD's G-Series APUs & CPUs Take Flight News & Analysis 6/4/2014 Post a comment AMD's G-series devices address a wide range of embedded applications in healthcare, finance, education and retail, and also industrial applications in rugged and harsh environments.
SpaceX 3D Prints Rocket Thruster News & Analysis 5/30/2014 16 comments Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) certified ready for space travel the world's first rocket thruster to be fabricated on a 3D printer.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics News & Analysis 5/28/2014 3 comments The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
Roombots Self-Assemble into Furniture News & Analysis 5/23/2014 12 comments Modular robots called Roombots combine with passive parts to shape-change into different types of furniture at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL--Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2 News & Analysis 5/23/2014 3 comments Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld News & Analysis 5/19/2014 Post a comment Terahertz detectors have been downsized from those giant machines you walk through at the airport to palm size in professor Jay Guo's lab at University of Michigan.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More News & Analysis 5/15/2014 15 comments Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.