Toshiba drops rear projection TVs in favor of flat-panels for 2007 Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment At its summer press event in New York City held on the evening of June 28, Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. announced the that it has discontinued all rear projection televisions in favor of flat-panel displays. Toshiba also announced the availability of its 46", 47" and 52" REGZA LCD TVs as well as the upcoming availability of its largest ever LCD TV, a 57" Cinema Series model.
Mosaid exits semi IP business News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Following a management shakeup, Mosaid Technologies Inc. has decided to divest the assets of its semiconductor intellectual property product business.
Micron faces layoffs, capex cuts News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Following a huge loss and a memory downturn, Micron Technology Inc. has cut its capital spending for fiscal 2008 and announced plans for a workforce reduction.
Philips sells stake in GaAs foundry Ommic News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Continuing its strategy of divesting non-core activities, Royal Philips Electronics has sold, for an undisclosed sum, its controlling stake in French wafer supplier Ommic S.A.S to Financiere Victoire.
Infineon HDD read channel exceeds 3 Gbit/s Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Infineon claims it has demonstrated functionality and data rates in a read hard disk drive read channel exceeding 3 Gbit/s. The read/write channel IC is a result of a cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
ST, CEA team on miniaturized energy sources solutions News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV and the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) have concluded a collaboration agreement on the development of miniaturized energy sources solutions. Two joint laboratories will be established in Tours and in Grenoble, France, so as to conduct advanced research in solid-state microbatteries and microfuel cells for clean energy generation.
SATS market grew by 26.5% in '06 , says Gartner News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment The global semiconductor contract assembly and test services (SATS) market grew by 26.5 percent in 2006 and reached $19.2 billion according to Gartner, Inc. Outsourcing's share rose to 43.5 percent of the total semiconductor packaging market.
Nanoelectronics test system enables yield improvements at 65 nm Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Verigy has introduced the V93000 Nanoelectronics Digital solution that performs structural and functional test for wafer sort and final test of advanced digital ICs at 65 nm and below. The test system enables users to collect diagnostic and parametric data required for testing nanoelectronics.
Icera takes HSDPA lead, says report News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Independent research suggests that British wireless technology specialist Icera's HSDPA device and chipset outperform parts from much larger rivals such as Qualcomm and Ericsson Mobile Platforms in terms of data throughput for commercially available devices.
Op amp pair offers 5- to 16-V operating range Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Analog Devices' latest precision operational amplifiers (op amps) deliver a combination of accuracy, power efficiency and versatility with a wide 5-V to 16-V operating range for an assortment of industrial, medical and consumer applications.
16-Mbit, 32-Mbit serial flash memories hit the market in volume Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Aimed at the computer, networking and consumer sectors, Winbond has available in production quantities 16-Mbit and 32-Mbit serial flash memories that feature a serial peripheral interface to support both Single-SPI and Dual-SPI operation. The memory maker is working on bringing to market a new serial flash family that will offer Quad-SPI with six times the transfer rate of standard serial flash.
Mosaid exits semi IP business News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment Following a management shakeup, Mosaid Technologies Inc. has decided to divest the assets of its semiconductor intellectual property product business.
Ethernet group may bless 40, 100G paths News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment A group trying to chart the future of Ethernet is expected to propose at key July meeting in San Francisco a plan to set standards both for 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the technology to meet the diverging needs of computer and communication companies.
Synopsys reaffirms support for Vera News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment Even though Synopsys is heavily pushing SystemVerilog as a unified design and verification language, the company is reaffirming support for its own Vera testbench language.
Load switches provide up to 2 A current-limit protection Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Fairchild introduces the FPF250X series, a family of IntelliMAX load switches with input voltages ranging from 4.5 V up to 20 V. These highly integrated devices provide full protection against potentially damaging over-current conditions impacting low-power designs.
LDO regulators are housed in SOT-23 package Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor has announced two additions to its recently released low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a SOT-23 package.
Qimonda DIMMs aim at high-end servers News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment With its 8-GByte DDR2 FB-DIMM modules, Qimonda claims to be the first in the industry to offer this high memory density. Probably more important could be the vendor's second claim: The devices are said to dissipate up to 45 percent less power, compared with existing solutions.
Sumitomo buys MEMS etch firm News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment Japan's Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd. (SPP) has completed the acquisition of Primaxx Inc., a manufacturer of MEMS etch release equipment, in an all-cash transaction.
ASE tops IC assembly and test rankings News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) remained the No. 1 provider of assembly and test services in 2006 and became the first provider to exceed $3 billion in a calendar year, according to rankings from Gartner Inc.
Can Apple sustain its iPhone launch success? News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment As the hype over Apple's iPhone reaches its climax, an industry consultant is posing a fundamental question: Can Apple sustain iPhone's initial momentum over the next four months in areas like volume, price and profitability?
secureAVR MCU targets banking SDA market, small ID programs Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Atmel has replaced its AT90SC6404RT chip with the AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller that it designed with additional ROM memory to allow its customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.