Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC News & Analysis 11/25/2014 1 comment The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret News & Analysis 11/21/2014 15 comments In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand News & Analysis 11/20/2014 9 comments Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian News & Analysis 11/19/2014 11 comments Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions News & Analysis 11/18/2014 18 comments In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True News & Analysis 11/18/2014 3 comments China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed? News & Analysis 11/18/2014 7 comments Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE News & Analysis 11/13/2014 6 comments The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat? News & Analysis 11/12/2014 14 comments Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer News & Analysis 11/5/2014 4 comments Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business News & Analysis 10/29/2014 7 comments UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz' News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed News & Analysis 10/23/2014 12 comments China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Intel, IBM Dueling 14nm FinFETS News & Analysis 10/21/2014 25 comments The duel of the FinFETs will take place between Intel and GlobalFoundries now that it has taken over manufacturing of semiconductors from IBM with the details of architectures here.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit News & Analysis 10/21/2014 9 comments Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar News & Analysis 10/20/2014 2 comments Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh News & Analysis 10/15/2014 15 comments Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate News & Analysis 10/13/2014 16 comments Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off? News & Analysis 10/8/2014 16 comments Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
TSMC Overtakes Samsung in FinFET News & Analysis 10/6/2014 10 comments TSMC has overtaken Samsung in the FinFET race to commercial production, according to industry analysts. Both companies lag Intel, which is making FinFET chips internally.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon News & Analysis 10/2/2014 5 comments ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.