Intel launches solid-state drive
Product News 12/30/2010 26 comments
Intel Corp. has introduced to the market a solid-state drive (SSD) that offers 40- and 80-Gbyte memory capacity in a format measuring 51-mm by 30-mm and only 5-mm deep. The unit weighs 10 grams.
Intel shrinks SSD drive
Product News 12/30/2010 3 comments
Intel Corporation has released the Intel® solid-state drive 310 Series, a solid-state drive (SSD) with Intel® X25-class SSD performance that measures 51mm-by-30mm and 5mm thick.
Nine predictions for CES 2011
News & Analysis 12/29/2010 10 comments
Many at CES will show an iPad-alike, no one will have much to add to 3-D Web TVs, everyone will want to partner in home nets and the AMD/Intel war will take a new turn.
Graphics IP startup claims 40 licensees
News & Analysis 12/29/2010 12 comments
Vivante Corp., a supplier of graphics processing unit (GPU) IP cores, has announced that 40 companies have licensed Vivante GPU cores, and multiple customers having integrated Vivante's GPUs into semiconductor products due to launch in 2011.
Anaren radio modules target European apps
Product News 12/27/2010 Post a comment
Anaren integrated radio modules A1101R08A (antenna) and A1101R08C (connectorized) are ETSI-compliant for 865-868MHz. With the new modules, Anaren aims to save time and costs for OEMs marketing a wireless product in Europe.
Cypress fleshes out 65nm SRAM family
Product News 12/27/2010 1 comment
Cypress Semiconductor reports that new devices deliver industry’s fastest QDR SRAM operating speed of 550 MHz while reducing power consumption by 50 percent.
Key innovators in 2010
News & Analysis 12/27/2010 6 comments
Multicore development, the Droid phone and the acceleration of Tesla's electric car head our list of top innovations in 2010.
NXP sells off can tuner operation
News & Analysis 12/24/2010 12 comments
NXP Semiconductor NV, a chip company that has been undergoing a strategic overhaul and downsizing, after being loaded with debt by private equity buyers has announced that Nutune, a joint venture, has been sold to affiliates of American Industrial Acquisition Corp.
ITC finds Knowles infringed ADI patents
News & Analysis 12/23/2010 Post a comment
A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge ruled that Knowles Electronics infringes valid claims from a wafer anti-stiction application patent held by Analog Devices.
Many-core Plurality to benchmark on EEMBC
News & Analysis 12/23/2010 2 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has announced that Plurality Ltd., a developer of many-core processors, has joined the consortium's Consumer Workgroup.
Roboteq publishes free WiFi Robot Platform Design
Product News 12/22/2010 2 comments
Roboteq, Inc. has published a WiFi Robot design platform featuring Roboteq’s AX3500 DC Motor Controller and an Intel Atom Processor-based Mini-ITX mainboard. The robot is a battery-operated, 4 wheel-drive unit, built around 1.5 by 2 feet (46cm x 61cm) aluminum frame, with WiFi connectivity and video camera.
Analyst downgrades Xilinx after sales warning
News & Analysis 12/22/2010 2 comments
Xilinx was downgraded by a Wall Street analyst after the firm cut its sales guidance for the fiscal third quarter due to weaker than anticipated sales to a few large wireless communications customers.
NXP sells off sound division for $855 million
News & Analysis 12/22/2010 15 comments
NXP Semiconductor NV, a chip company that has been undergoing a strategic overhaul and downsizing led by CEO Rick Clemmer, has agreed to sell its Sound Solutions business line to Dover Corp. for $855 million.
LG to spend $12-bn to turn electronics around
News & Analysis 12/22/2010 4 comments
LG Group plans to spend about 70 percent of a planned capital expenditure and R&D budget of 21 trillion won (about $18 billion) in 2011 on its electronics businesses including smartphones, tablet computers and flat panel displays, according to reports.
Zarlink invests $5 million in timing firm
News & Analysis 12/22/2010 Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has announced it has invested $5 million in Multigig Inc., a fabless chip company that provides clock generation and timing products for the wired and wireless communications markets.
ARM share price soars on Windows reports
News & Analysis 12/22/2010 20 comments
ARM's share price jumped sharply on reports that Microsoft will use the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month to demonstrate a version of its Windows operating system that will run on processors designed by the U.K. firm.
13 'fabless' chip firms to top $1B in sales
News & Analysis 12/22/2010 5 comments
IC Insights said that a record 13 fabless chip companies will top $1 billion in sales this year, though the firm defines the term to include one company that maintains its own fabs but gets most of its wafers from foundries.
VCs upbeat on consumer, media, mobile
News & Analysis 12/21/2010 8 comments
A slim majority of venture capitalists expect rising investments mainly in the U.S. with most enthusiasm for consumer, media and mobile sectors, according to a new survey.
TSMC to raise R&D spend in 2011, says report
News & Analysis 12/21/2010 Post a comment
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. plans to raise its R&D spending by nearly 39 percent to NT$50 billion (about $1.68 billion) in 2011, according to a Taipei Times report that quoted chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Rare earth scarcity gauged by DoE
News & Analysis 12/21/2010 5 comments
The anticipated study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that rare earth scarcity is critical to the growth of clean energy technologies.
Shifts, growth ahead for 10G Ethernet
News & Analysis 12/20/2010 6 comments
The Ethernet chip market will expand to $3.4 billion in 2014 with most of the growth and shifts coming in 10G silicon, according to two new Linley Group reports.
NFC poised to take off, iSuppli says
News & Analysis 12/20/2010 5 comments
Boosted by support from Nokia and Google, use of near field communication in handsets is poised to begin an explosive growth phase next year, according to market research firm iSuppli.