Analysis: Why Renesas is creating mobile IC spinoff News & Analysis 10/31/2010 5 comments Renesas Electronics' decision to spin out its mobile semiconductor products into a separate subsidiary is motivated not only by the differences between the markets for microcontrollers and baseband chips, but also to help protect Renesas' power amplifier business.
Graphene bandgap opened by vapor News & Analysis 10/29/2010 10 comments Tuning a semiconductor bandgap in sheets of pure carbon called graphene can be done using water vapor during fabrication, according to researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
SMIC changes course with Wuhan fab News & Analysis 10/29/2010 Post a comment China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has recently exited from one fab alliance, but it plans to change its strategy and invest in another fab venture.
Samsung tops forecast, sees DRAM glut News & Analysis 10/29/2010 10 comments South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. beat analysts' estimates for the third quarter, but the company issued a warning about a pending DRAM glut in the marketplace.
Analog chip vendors post profits News & Analysis 10/28/2010 5 comments Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and MaxLinear reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters
ESI buys firm, posts loss News & Analysis 10/28/2010 Post a comment Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) has acquired the assets of PyroPhotonics Lasers Inc., a manufacturer of tailored-pulse fiber lasers based in Montreal, Canada.
Interconnect pushed China super to #1 News & Analysis 10/28/2010 26 comments A homegrown, ultrafast interconnect chip set was part of the secret sauce behind the Tianhe-1a, the first China-built system to be named the world's fastest supercomputer.
Hynix, Magnachip post Q3 gains News & Analysis 10/28/2010 1 comment South Korean chip makers Hynix Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor reported third quarter sales increases despite some signs of a softening semiconductor market.
ATMI invests in LED materials firm News & Analysis 10/28/2010 Post a comment ATMI Inc. has purchased a minority interest in Lake LED Materials of Daejeon, South Korea, a materials technology startup focused on providing metal organic precursors to the LED market. Under the agreement, ATMI will help accelerate commercial LED materials introductions, with select marketing and technology rights.
TSMC posts record quarter, sees lull News & Analysis 10/28/2010 8 comments Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) announced consolidated revenue of a record NT$112.25 billion ($3.65 billion) in the quarter, up 6.9 percent from the previous quarter and up 24.8 percent a year ago.
Group forms to devise SSD standards News & Analysis 10/28/2010 3 comments A collection of companies have announced the so-called Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to advance Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) storage drives through standardization.
Will Broadcom buy change the femto market? News & Analysis 10/28/2010 13 comments Broadcom’s $86 million acquisition of Percello validates the fledgling femtocell market; it presents a scenario for femtocell to get integrated in another box; and it shows the future of femtocells priced on par with WiFi.
PandaBoard touts low-cost OMAP 4 mobile software dev Product News 10/28/2010 3 comments PandaBoard is an open source development tool for mobile devices that provides access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). The OMAP 4 platform is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.
Oracle invests in Mellanox News & Analysis 10/27/2010 7 comments In a major move, Oracle Inc. has made a strategic investment in Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of InfiniBand-based chip technology.
ASML sells U.S. optics unit News & Analysis 10/27/2010 1 comment Zygo Corp., a provider of high precision optical components and optical metrology instruments, has entered into an agreement with ASML Holding NV to purchase substantially all the assets of ASML's Richmond, Calif.-based optics facility.
Intel backs cloud computing alliance News & Analysis 10/27/2010 6 comments Intel through its clout behind cloud computing, pledging to help drive the creation of standards, including participation in an alliance of global businesses.
Renesas to spinoff mobile chip unit News & Analysis 10/27/2010 2 comments Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. has decided to spinoff its mobile chip unit into a new and consolidated subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corp., effective Dec. 1, 2010.
Francisco Partners buys optical firm News & Analysis 10/27/2010 Post a comment Source Photonics Inc., a provider of optical communication products used in telecommunication systems and data communication networks, announced today that it has been acquired by Francisco Partners, a private equity fund.
Dongbu expands auto IC foundry efforts News & Analysis 10/27/2010 3 comments South Korean foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek has qualified its 180-nm mixed-signal process and EEPROM intellectual property (IP) to meet the quality and reliability criteria set forth in the automotive AEC-Q100 ‘Grade 0’ standard.
Don't blame Obama for fabless America News & Analysis 10/27/2010 34 comments Lately it’s become popular for the media to deride the Obama administration for creating a business climate of uncertainty that is causing American manufacturers to hold up on investing more productive capability in the United States.
Projection display firm raises VC News & Analysis 10/27/2010 2 comments Light Blue Optics Ltd., a startup company developing a color projector suitable for inclusion in mobile phones and other portable equipment, has announced it has raised $13 million in funding.
BI Technologies Model 144 series resistor networks Product News 10/27/2010 2 comments Aimed at military and aerospace applications, TT electronics BI Technologies is offering high-reliability custom resistor networks in hermetically sealed metal or HTCC packaging, enabling harsh environment operation to +175°C.
IBM, European researchers seek CMOS successor News & Analysis 10/27/2010 6 comments IBM Research Zurich, Infineon Technologies and Globalfoundries have joined forces with a half dozen European universities and research centers on a mission to cut the power consumption of electronic devices by10-fold and reduce standby power to zero.
Samplify offers hardware kit for ultrasound News & Analysis 10/27/2010 6 comments Samplify Systems has introduced the SMK9130 Ultrasound Beamforming Development Kit as a complete hardware solution for the ultrasound front end, from probe connector to PCIe connector.
UMC posts big Q3, sales hit $1B News & Analysis 10/27/2010 3 comments
Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted strong results in the third quarter, but the foundry vendor sees a slowdown in the fourth period.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 13 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...