Spansion Q2 2012 earnings News & Analysis 7/31/2012 2 comments Memory maker Spansion reported Q2 2012 revenue up 11 percent from Q1 to $233.4 million. Net income of $26 million compared with a first-quarter loss of $13.1 million.
TI offers power management controllers Product News 7/31/2012 1 comment Texas Instruments has made available power management controllers with standby power savings that will help smartphone users use less electricity with their 5-watt cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall.
Apple captive Cirrus gagged News & Analysis 7/31/2012 39 comments With almost 60 percent of its business is coming from a single customer – in this case Apple, Inc., it’s not quite kosher to call Cirrus Logic an independent fabless chip company any more.
Infineon sales hold firm, profits fall News & Analysis 7/31/2012 3 comments Fiscal third quarter sales at chip maker Infineon were slightly ahead of previous guidance but the company confirmed its outlook that the fiscal fourth quarter would be flat.
UMC seeks partners, offers 10% share in business News & Analysis 7/30/2012 1 comment Foundry chip maker UMC has announced that it is offering a private equity placement for up to 10 percent of the company. There has been speculation that Qualcomm could be persuaded to purchase the stock as a means of investing in manufacturing.
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS News & Analysis 7/30/2012 2 comments Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Semtech rolls sub-GHz multi-PHY mode transceiver Product News 7/30/2012 1 comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech Corp. said it has introduced the SX1257, a low power digital I/Q RF multi-mode PHY transceiver. Suitable for smart metering applications, the SX1257 supports mandatory and optional 802.15.4g PHY modes, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Auto IC gains breathe new life into car market News & Analysis 7/27/2012 5 comments Entrenched suppliers like ST, Freescale and Renesas are providing new kinds of auto electronics that are sustaining the global car market. That will make it harder for aspiring Chinese suppliers to enter a market with high barriers to entry.
FinFETs-on-SOI can double battery life, says GSS News & Analysis 7/27/2012 12 comments Fully depleted FinFET style transistors made on SOI wafers are likely to allow about one-third the leakage current of FinFETs made on bulk silicon according to TCAD simulations performed by Gold Standard Simulations.
ARM adds weight to IoT debate News & Analysis 7/26/2012 2 comments ARM has invited four U.K. companies to help it form an industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things. The work is being done within the U.K. initially partly to help align it with government initiatives and regulation.
Global CO2 emissions up 3% in 2011 News & Analysis 7/26/2012 21 comments After a 1-percent decline in 2009 and an unprecedented 5-percent surge in 2010, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3 percent in 2011, to 34 billion tons, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Center.
European TSV summit planned News & Analysis 7/26/2012 2 comments SEMI, the international trade association that represents the interests of semiconductor equipment and materials companies, is planning for a summit meeting on 3-D packaging and through silicon via to be held in Grenoble, France, on January 22 and 23, 2013.
TI makes good on NS buy to lead industrial sector News & Analysis 7/25/2012 1 comment Market research firm IHS iSuppli, in its latest report, has confirmed Texas Instruments’ purchase of National Semiconductor has boosted TI’s market share, reinforcing its dominance in 2011, as its revenue from the industrial electronics chip space grew to $2.2 billion, up 24.9 percent from $1.8 billion a year earlier.
Losses up at NXP on increased sales News & Analysis 7/25/2012 2 comments Mixed-signal chip company NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has posted an increased loss on sales that climbed sequentially in the second quarter but were down year-on-year.
Micron's Elpida buy carries risks, says IHS News & Analysis 7/25/2012 1 comment Micron move to acquire Elpida Memory is a bold one that carries risk, particularly if the integration and technology transfer does not go smoothly, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times