Bloated IC inventories seen in Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment After two quarters of ballooning semiconductor inventories in the first half of 2006, early results for the third quarter indicate that excess chip stockpiles are not going away, according to iSuppli Corp.
Test challenges could trump future chip designs, expert warns News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Coming silicon process generations will bring not only immense increases in device density, but also the challenges of working with process and device variations that are worse than for the processes of 20 years ago, Robert Daasch, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University, told the International Test Conference.
TCL turns off TV business in Europe News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Group will exit the European TV market, hoping to staunch losses in the region. The decision will cost it 45 million euros in restructuring charges.
Agere profits jump on strong margin improvement News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Agere Systems Inc. today posted strong fiscal fourth quarter revenue and net income, beating analysts' consensus estimate on a surge in sales into the consumer and storage markets.
The communications and networking chip maker also announced fiscal 2006 results showing its first annual profit since being spun off from Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2002.
Energy harvesting will power growth -- but which ones? News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment An upcoming report by Darnell on ultra-low-power wireless components explores energy harvesting and micro-power generators, and is available for sponsorship. The report quantifies the market for these components by application and identifies the markets that are commercially viable.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese companies ready to buy intellectual property blocks are favoring design-ins with soft cores rather than hard cores. This is pushing IP vendors to loosen up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers.
The development is occurring as Chinese companies become more proficient at handling the more design-intensive soft IP, said Chu Lung, president of Asia-Pacific operations for Cadence Design Systems.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO — Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc., which noted that growth was slower than previous quarters.
Chartered Semiconductor invests in Taiwan's Gateway Silicon News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment SINGAPORE — Chartered Semiconductor announced Oct. 30 an investment in Taiwan-based design services firm Gateway Silicon that the foundry said would broaden its range of solutions.
The amount of Chartered's investment in the ASIC/system-on-chip design specialist was not disclosed, but Chartered said that Gateway's parent, Macronix International, would continue to hold a majority stake in the company.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment LONDON — ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Antenna specialist extends management team News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has added two key executives to drive the company's operations and sales in global markets. Mike Edwards has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales and marketing while CL Lim has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Asia.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment As developers in China begin to favor soft IP blocks over hard cores, intellectual property vendors like MIPS and ARM are loosening up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers.
Qualcomm gains ruling over Broadcom News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. said that the Federal Court in San Diego has enjoined Broadcom Corp. from any further solicitation, use or dissemination of its confidential WCDMA trade secrets, including source code.
ASMI predicts profitabilty in 2007 News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Dutch semiconductor equipment ASM International N.V. made net profits of Euros 13.1 million ($16 million) in the third quarter, down from Euros 17.4 million in the second quarter, on sales of Euros 213.4 million, down 9 percent sequentially.
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