Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec News & Analysis 8/3/2015 3 comments Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C? News & Analysis 8/3/2015 4 comments USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power News & Analysis 7/30/2015 4 comments QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand News & Analysis 7/29/2015 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame? News & Analysis 7/27/2015 25 comments So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
90+GHz Photonic Emitters On-chip News & Analysis 7/27/2015 2 comments Instead of integrating lasers on silicon chips, Duke University researchers propose using 90+ GHz nanopatch plasmonic antennas coupled to quantum dots.
Freescale Takes on the Network Edge News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor's new multicore QorIQ network processors use up to eight ARM A-53 cores in a design targeted at network edge applications in virtual customer premises and Internet Service Provider equipment.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene News & Analysis 7/24/2015 1 comment Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game News & Analysis 7/24/2015 10 comments In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars News & Analysis 7/24/2015 22 comments Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Smartphone Processor Sales Climb, Players Ranked News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment The market for application processors for smartphones jumped by 20 percent in 1Q15 compared with a year before, while the same market for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 on the same basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs News & Analysis 7/22/2015 8 comments Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite? News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
Startup Award Goes to Incubator News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment An incubator for semiconductor startups launched in December was itself named the startup of the year in the annual ACE Awards hosted by EE Times and EDN.
Marvell CEO Named Exec of Year News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment Sehat Sutardja, founder and chief executive of Marvell, was named executive of the year in the annual ACE Awards in part for driving innovation with two new technology initiatives this year.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’ News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
3D Printed Electronics Are Here, Researchers Say News & Analysis 7/21/2015 Post a comment 3-D printers were used to print electronics circuit using polymers as the structural base and wax as a sacrificial material that they later filled with silver paste with a syringe to realize a proof-of-concept passive wireless sensor measuring food spoilage.
Germany Promises €400 Million Boost for Microelectronics News & Analysis 7/21/2015 5 comments With a nod to Globalfoundries and Infineon – two chip manufacturers that still have wafer fabs on German soil – the Germany's research ministry has said it will find additional cash to help promote microelectronics over the next few years.
AMD Upgrades Desktop SoC News & Analysis 7/20/2015 5 comments Advanced Micro Devices announced a refresh of its Kaveri desktop processors, the A8-7670K, designed for mainstream workloads, online gaming, and Windows 10.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power News & Analysis 7/17/2015 14 comments IBM Research aims to lower supply voltage to 0.2 volts to drastically cut idle power while maintaining superior performance using "boosters" that kick-in only when the circuit is being used.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave News & Analysis 7/17/2015 1 comment Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny News & Analysis 7/16/2015 1 comment The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook News & Analysis 7/16/2015 7 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips News & Analysis 7/15/2015 3 comments Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
China Bids $23B for Micron News & Analysis 7/13/2015 9 comments Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Globalfoundries Launches Own FDSOI Processes News & Analysis 7/13/2015 16 comments Globalfoundries Inc. has announced that it is offering a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing platform with a nominal 22nm minimum geometry design rule that can operate down to 0.4V.
Indian Wafer Fab Will be Specialty Foundry News & Analysis 7/10/2015 3 comments Cricket Semiconductor – a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India – will operate as a specialty foundry, according to Lou Hutter, one of two former Texas Instruments executives who formed the company.
MediaTek to Eat up Qualcomm's LTE Share in China News & Analysis 7/9/2015 1 comment MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is likely to continue market-share gains in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market at the expense of top-ranked Qualcomm by wielding its strength in China’s growing smartphone market, according to industry analysts.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.