Renesas rolls dual-type power MOSFET Product News 7/31/2008 Post a comment Designed to make DC/DC converters more efficient for laptop PCs and communication devices, Renesas' latest power MOSFET boasts a chip mounting area that is half the size of existing dual-package power MOSFET configurations.
ASMI sells inspection gear unit News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Under pressure on a number of fronts, ASM International N.V. has signed a letter of intent to sell its majority-owned subsidiary NanoPhotonics AG, a supplier of inspection gear.
Audio connectors shrink in size Product News 7/31/2008 1 comment ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a miniature audio connector series, aimed at higher quality compact audio applications in video, broadcast and recording.
Digital Potentiometers feature 1 percent accuracy Product News 7/31/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices introduced the digital potentiometer (digiPot) AD529x family with the industry's best resistor tolerance of just 1 percent, allowing designers of industrial and instrumentation equipment to meet tighter resistor matching requirements for improved system accuracy.
Debug engine supports new 32-bit automotive MCUs from Freescale and ST Product News 7/31/2008 Post a comment At the same time as the launch of the automotive microcontroller families SPC560xx/SPC563xx from STMicroelectronics and MPC560/MPC563xx from Freescale, pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauda, Germany) announces the availability of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.4, a complete debug and test environment especially for the specific features of these new Power Architecture 32-bit devices.
TDK, Epcos merger forms passive components giant News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Electronic component vendor TDK (Tokio) plans to merge its passive component business with its German competitor Epcos AG (Munich, Germany). The Epcos management supports the plan. Both brands will be continued, the companies said.
TSMC posts mixed Q2 results News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reported consolidated revenue of NT$88.14 billion ($2.87 billion) for the second quarter, up a mere 0.8 percent from the previous period and up 17.6 percent a year ago.
Hynix posts $700M loss for Q2 News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. reported revenues of 1.86 trillion won ($1.82 billion)
for the quarter, up 16 percent from the previous quarter.
Local designers drive Chinese IC market growth News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Semiconductors designed for consumption in China is forecast to expand more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2012 driven by the need to customize products for the local market although total Chinese IC consumption is seen growing at a slower 7.7 percent rate during the same period.
KLA buys Vistec's inspection unit News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Continuing on its acquisition spree, KLA-Tencor Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire the inspection business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems Inc.
Video: When the fab shuts down News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Matt, a young process engineer at the Hynix DRAM fab in Eugene, Oregon, shares his views about the human impact of the Korean company's decision in late July to close its only U.S. manufacturing plant.
AMD to sell consumer lines, says analyst News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Amid a possible plan to spin-off its manufacturing unit, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) may sell its consumer and handset chip lines from its ATI subsidiary, according to an analyst, who said Broadcom Corp. could be part of the mix.
French virtual HMI startup raises $3.9 million News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment h2i technologies SA, French startup specialized in virtual human-machine interfaces (HMI), has raised 2.5 million euros ($3.9 million) in a round of financing led by Crédit Agricole Private Equity and the company's initial investors, namely Emertec and Soridec.
UMC posts mixed Q2, warns about Q3 News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Taiwan foundry provider United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted mixed results in the second quarter and warned about the overall business climate in the third period.
Rohm takes step to buy Oki's chip unit News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to transfer 95 percent of the shares of its semiconductor unit, Oki Semiconductor Co. Ltd., to Rohm Co. Ltd.
Gennum acquires IP firm News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Gennum Corp. has acquired ASIC Architect Inc., a developer of high-speed controller intellectual property (IP) based in Santa Clara, Calif.
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.