RF Micro cuts 2% of workforce News & Analysis 3/3/2009 Post a comment RF Micro Devices cut about 100 jobs, or about 2 percent of its global workforce. It is the fourth round of layoffs announced by the company in the past 11 months.
Altera says Q1 sales looking a little better News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Altera expects first quarter sales to be down 15 to 20 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, better than guidance given in Janauary, the company said in a scheduled mid-quarter update.
Updated: Intel rolls four embedded Atoms Product News 3/2/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp. will spin four versions of its Atom mobile PC processor and two new companion I/O chips tailored for different embedded systems markets, such as in-car entertainment, industrial control and media phones.
Freescale sees 'significant' drop in interest expenses News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s top executives are hinging the company's survival and ability to prosper through the ongoing recession on a series of actions the IC vendor has taken in recent months, the most important of which is a multibillion-dollar debt swap it expects to conclude within the next couple of weeks.
RF chips to fare better in '09, says analyst News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment Projections for the overall semiconductor industry in 2009 are dire, but favorable trends in the handset market should keep the market for RF chips from crashing this year and ready to bounce back more quickly than many industry segments, according to an analyst.
Shrunk CeBIT conjures innovation News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment When German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday evening officially opened the CeBIT trade fair, she brought along powerful support to raise the sentiment in the information and communications sectors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of this year's Cebit partner state California.
KKR writes NXP down to 10% of purchase price News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment KKR Private Equity Investors LP, the company set up to make equity investments identified by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., has announced write downs on almost all its investments and wiped 80 percent off the value of its holding in semiconductor company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands). KKR's holding in NXP now stands on 10 cents on the dollar purchase price.
Vishay : Power modules have ratings up to 400 A Product News 3/2/2009 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has unveiled its Gen VII series of general-purpose high-voltage power modules, which feature increased current handling capability, lighter weight, lower thermal resistance, improved reliability and a totally lead (Pb)-free construction.
Analyst: Intel, TSMC expand foundry ties News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment More speculation is flying about a planned news conference Monday (March 2), where Intel Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) are set to make a strategic announcement.
Compromise seen on BT broadband build plans News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment Britain's leading network operator, BT, is expected this week to signal that it will push ahead with plans for a fibre-based broadband network covering 10 million British homes, having been given reassurances from the country's comms regulator Ofcom that it will be able to charge rates that should allow it to make a return on the proposed, initial £1.5bn investment.
European chip sales down 33.9% from January '08 News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment The three-month moving average of sales of semiconductors in Europe for January were $2.27 billion , down 33.5 percent on the three months covering August to October, the second biggest fall of the four geographic areas tracked by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics(WSTS) organization.
Global 'averaged' chip sales fell 28.6% in January, says SIA News & Analysis 3/2/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors declined by 28.6 percent in January 2009 to $15.33 billion, compared to sales of $21.47 billion in January 2008, averaged on the same basis, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which referenced World Semiconductor Trade Statistics as its source.
Dresden establishes Energy Efficiency Innovation Center Product News 3/2/2009 Post a comment German research organization Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the Technical University of Dresden have launched the Energy Efficiciency Innovation Center. The research topics cover a broad range from photovoltaics and energy-efficient lighting to fuel cell technology and surface technologies aiming at reducing friction losses for vehicles.
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.