NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking News & Analysis 11/19/2015 2 comments Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A News & Analysis 11/17/2015 3 comments Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC News & Analysis 11/14/2015 Post a comment GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
Elma to Acquire Trenew Electronic AG News & Analysis 11/11/2015 Post a comment The Elma Group announced it has acquired the Swiss company Trenew Electronic AG in Rüti ZH, operating in the system integration business, retroactively as per January 1, 2015. The contract was signed on November 9, 2015.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps News & Analysis 11/9/2015 1 comment Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3 News & Analysis 11/4/2015 Post a comment Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Apple Takes Green Initiatives in China News & Analysis 10/26/2015 1 comment Apple plans to produce 2.2GW of solar power and other renewable energy in China to cut air pollution brought by factories that have made millions of iPhones and iPads in the past eight years.
Exar CEO DiNardo Steps Down News & Analysis 10/21/2015 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal chip company Exar Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) has announced that Louis DiNardo will step down as president, CEO and as a member of the board of directors.
PCs Live, Says Dell with Refresh News & Analysis 10/20/2015 Post a comment As the PC market continues to decline, Dell is doubling down with a desktop refresh targeting emerging markets including three desktop and three all-in-one PCs.
ARM Squeezes GPU For IoT News & Analysis 10/20/2015 Post a comment ARM has released a new low power GPU for wearables and the Internet of Things that merges smartphone-quality graphics. The 32-bit Mali 470 requires half the power of ARM’s previous graphics processor generation using the same process geometry.
More-than-Moore Will Lead, Argues GloFo's Wijburg News & Analysis 10/15/2015 8 comments At the opening press conference for the Semicon Europa exhibition being held here in Dresden Germany Rutger Wijburg, senior vice president and general manager of fab management at Globalfoundries Inc., made the case for More-than-Moore semiconductors as the enabler of the next wave of electronics.
Xilinx Revenues Driven By Data News & Analysis 10/14/2015 Post a comment Xilinx's second quarter fiscal 2016 sales were down 4% from the prior quarter and down 13% year-over-year, but Xilinx's CEO put emphasis on its data-center future.
Q'comm Unveils Server Bid News & Analysis 10/8/2015 11 comments Qualcomm officially entered the server market with a single chip SoC server development platform. The company first announced that it would tackle the much-sought after market last year, but had been largely quiet about its progress.
GE Launches Current for Energy News & Analysis 10/7/2015 Post a comment launched a new energy spin-off company dedicated to developing energy efficient devices. Current will combine GE’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses with its Predix industrial analytics platform to focus on commercial, industrial, and government customers.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10 News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business News & Analysis 10/5/2015 1 comment Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp. News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM News & Analysis 9/29/2015 Post a comment With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies News & Analysis 9/29/2015 4 comments while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
Solar Cells Made Obsolete News & Analysis 9/28/2015 13 comments Georgia Institute of Technology researchers aim to obsolete conventional solar panels with optical rectennas made from carbon nanotubes with integrated metal-to-metal tunneling diode.
Sensor Biz Booms Under Fab-Lite Model News & Analysis 9/25/2015 Post a comment ams AG CEO Kirk Laney talks candidly about the company's future. The fab lite company recorded about 170 million euros of revenues during Q2 2015, a 60% increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54% region (including acquisition-related costs).
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