ASIC pioneer reinvents 3-D FPGAs Product News 1/29/2010 8 comments By building a three-dimensional field-programmable FPGA with an ultra-dense anti-fuse interconnect, NuPGA claims to be able to achieve the density of an ASIC at a fraction of the cost.
DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Can nuclear waste be handled safely? News & Analysis 1/29/2010 14 comments A blue-ribbon panel convened by the Obama Administration must answer within two years the question of how the latest science and technology can provide safe methods to handle the waste from nuclear power plants. We'd like to hear what you think.
Atmel outlines plans for business restructuring News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Following a comprehensive review of alternatives for its ASIC business Atmel Corporation has announced plans to continue to explore the potential sale of the company's Smart Card (SMS) business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, UK and that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its Customer Specific Products (CSP) and Aerospace businesses.
Credit where credit is due News & Analysis 1/29/2010 1 comment Consultant, electrical engineering PhD and blogger Don Scansen offers up credit to Apple for using an internally designed processor in the iPad and to other bloggers who guessed correctly about the product prior to the much-hyped unveiling.
Atmel puts smart card business up for sale News & Analysis 1/29/2010 1 comment Microcontroller vendor Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it is exploring the potential sale of its smart card business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland but that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its customer-specific products and aerospace businesses.
Tyco acquires touchscreen firm News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Venture capital firms Sofinnova Partners and Motorola Ventures announced they have sold their stake in Sensitive Object SA, French developer of touch input technology, to Tyco Electronics, Ltd.
Hynix: no bidders for stake forces rethink News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Bank shareholders in Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had received no offers for their 28 percent stake in the memory maker by a Friday deadline, according to local reports that cited lead investor Korea Exchange Bank as their source.
Chip makers swing to profitability News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Samsung revenue up 19% on strong chip sales News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment South Korean giant Samsung Electronics reported strong sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2009, citing a 50 percent year-to-year improvement in semiconductor revenue and a seasonal increase in consumer electronics sales.
Freescale posts lower Q4 net loss News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Holdings Ltd.'s financial position improved in the fourth quarter with its net loss dropping on lower charges and rising margins even as sales crept up from the year-ago quarter.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite News & Analysis 1/28/2010 6 comments The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Soaring DRAM prices push Elpida into Q3 profit News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment With the average selling price for PC DRAMs rising 30 percent compared with the previous quarter Elpida's PC DRAM product sales soared in its third financial quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, propeling the company into profit.
Analysis: Why a sustained ASP turnaround could be a mirage News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), has been at the bullish end of the spectrum of market researchers' opinion through most of the last decade. He remains so, but he is convinced that at long last the conditions are coming together to create manufacturing capacity shortages and a boom for chip makers and vendors.
TSMC profits in Q4 on returning demand News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to post a net income of NT$32.67 billion (about $1.02 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$92.09 billion (about $2.88 billion) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Updated: IPL, Si2 to work on 'open' PDK News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) said that it is working with the Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance to devise a new and ''open'' foundry process design kit (PDK) standard.