Magma CEO upbeat on new products, analog push News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment Despite challenging times for his company and the industry as a whole, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan was upbeat about new products and his company's inroads in analog EDA during an interview with EE Times this week.
Analyst: Nokia could cut $5B in outsourcing News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment In a reverse-outsourcing move, Nokia will stop using external companies to assemble its handsets, cutting a whopping $5 billion in contract manufacturing business, according to an analyst from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
Is DDR3 transition delayed? News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment Is the transition to DDR3 delayed--again? If so, that could be a blow for DRAM makers, which are looking for relief amid the memory downturn.
PC slide slows as Intel eyes embedded News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment It's not a recovery, but the PC market's slide seems to be slowing according to one financial analyst firm while Intel is positioning itself for growth in embedded markets beyond the PC, said an analyst at the firm.
Action urged to help Europe's semis sector News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment European governments and public authorities need to take coordinated, strong and urgent action to ensure the continent can remain competitive in the semiconductor and nanotechnologies sectors, Dirk Beernaert of the European Commission's Nanoelectronics division warned Friday (March 27).
SolarWorld to get big slice of Obama boom News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment German renewable energy giant SolarWorld could come out of the industry's crisis stronger than it was before, outshining its peers, as it becomes one of the big inners of the "Obama boom" in the United States.
Fastest yet 24bit delta-sigma ADC claimed Product News 3/27/2009 Post a comment With speeds of up to four mega samples per second (MS/s), Texas Instrument's latest 24bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is said to be 60 percent faster than its nearest competition.
MIT study exposes manufacturing inefficiencies News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment A detailed analysis has found that modern manufacturing processes
are 'alarmingly' inefficient, according to an MIT
news release. The team from MIT, led by Professor Timothy Gutowski, looked at 20 different major
manufacturing processes and actually showed that some of the more modern systems were the worst offenders.
Nvidia countersues Intel News & Analysis 3/26/2009 1 comment Graphics chip vendor Nvidia has filed a countersuit in Delaware against Intel claiming breach of contract, the company said.
Where is $3 trillion in global stimulus spending going? News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Where is $3 trillion in global stimulus money is going? How will it impact and change the mega trends shaping the future of electronics industry? What are the fundamental technologies upon which the success of that industry will depend? Which technologies will lose out? Lisa Su, Freescale's CTO, believes she knows.
Toshiba introduces Mosfets Product News 3/26/2009 Post a comment Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. introduced a new series of MOSFETs for synchronous rectification in the secondary stage of switched mode power supplies (SMPS).
DoE debuts $3.2b in energy efficiency grants News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new $3.2 billion grant program to promote efficient use of energy, a slice of the estimated $32.7 billion in tech stimulus dollars allocated to the department.
New analog IC markets seen after 2008 decline News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Growth drivers for analog ICs will migrate from mobile phones, multimedia players and general trends in portability and wireless to a new lineage of applications on the horizon in areas such as energy, transportation, health and safety, according to market research firm Databeans. The firm reported that the analog IC market declined 2 percent in 2008 and is in for another tough year in 2009.
TI analog boss says unit will drive company growth News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. is bolstering its position in the analog semiconductor market by relying on its extensive product portfolio and worldwide sales force to drive growth in a depressed demand environment, according to company senior vice president Gregg Lowe.
Analysis: Is TI ready for a major analog IC acquisition? News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. wants to sharply increase its analog IC market share, but achieving that goal would require the company to again gamble on a significant acquisition similar to a strategic move it made nine years ago that helped cement its leading position in the segment.
Senators push for deal on patent damages News & Analysis 3/26/2009 1 comment U.S. Senators put out what amounts to a final call for compromise on the controversial question of how to calculate damages for patent infringement, a key sticking issue in the ongoing debate on a proposed patent reform bill S.515.
Credit rating agency lowers outlook for TI News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Fitch Ratings lowered its rating outlook for Texas Instruments to "negative" from "stable," saying it expects TI's revenue and operating performance for 2009 to deteriorate due to broad-based macroeconomic weakness through at least the rest of the year.
Agilent to cut 2,700 jobs in restructuring News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Agilent Technologies plans to cut about 2,700 jobs--roughly 14 percent of its workforce--as part of a major restructuring in its Electronic Measurement and Semiconductor & Board Test segments which will include new leadership.
Lenders sue Freescale over debt swaps News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Senior lenders who provided $150 million to Freescale Semiconductor have filed suit against the chip maker over its attempt to exchange about $4 billion in notes for up to $1 billion in a new term loan.
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