NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
News & Analysis 11/23/2015 7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
China's Buying Spree: 2014-15 Top Tech Deals
News & Analysis 11/18/2015 2 comments
The history of the electronics industry will mark 2014-15 as the watershed year of China’s great leap forward in the global market. In addition to Chinese shopping spree, Qualcomm and Intel are allying with Beijing to invest more in China.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 Post a comment
More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 3 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
Intel Scales System Framework
News & Analysis 11/16/2015 5 comments
Intel is defining a scalable system framework that all its vendors can participate in to create and interoperable ecosystem for all computers, from handhelds to supercomputers.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
News & Analysis 11/13/2015 2 comments
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
Inside WeMo Switch
Teardown 11/13/2015 Post a comment
As with many consumer electronics devices, Belkin's WeMo Switch home automation device is highly integrated and low cost from a bill-of-materials
Apple’s A9: Story Within A Story
Teardown 11/12/2015 9 comments
On a basic level it's a story of a sixth generation APU that is fabricated in a FinFET process. It's also a bigger story of Apple's semiconductor design ambitions.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout
News & Analysis 11/11/2015 Post a comment
IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
Micron Persistent Memory Pairs RAM/Flash
News & Analysis 11/10/2015 10 comments
Micron Technologies Inc. has combined a digital-in-line memory (DIMM) board with an self-backup-powered (with a super-capacitor) solid-state drive (SSD) to create a new memory architecture that can boost up-time by 100-times.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
News & Analysis 11/9/2015 1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest
News & Analysis 11/8/2015 8 comments
There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 Post a comment
Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
UMC Meets Expectations on 28nm Ramp as Demand Slumps
News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, is meeting its expectations for a slowed ramp of 28nm process technology because of weak demand that’s likely to persist until 2016 while the chip industry recovers from an inventory correction.
CAN Bus Can Be Encrypted, Says Trillium
News & Analysis 10/22/2015 13 comments
Trillium, a Japanese start-up, has developed a CAN bus encryption and key management system for protecting payloads less than 8bytes – something that’s never done before and viewed by an industry observer as “a pretty significant development.”
ARM Takes Back SoC Tool & Designers from Carbon
News & Analysis 10/20/2015 3 comments
ARM takes back its SOC Designer Tool from Carbon Design Systems, which Carbon had acquired in a 2008 deal that gave Carbon full access to ARM’s intellectual property to optimize its tools and generate cycle-accurate models of the company’s processors, PrimeCell peripherals and fabric IP.
Microsemi Bids $2.2 Billion for PMC-Sierra
News & Analysis 10/19/2015 4 comments
Microsemi Corp. (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) has offered $11.50 per share to shareholders of PMC-Sierra Corp. as a mixture of stock and cash and trumping an offer from Skyworks Solutions made earlier this month.
More-than-Moore Will Lead, Argues GloFo's Wijburg
News & Analysis 10/15/2015 8 comments
At the opening press conference for the Semicon Europa exhibition being held here in Dresden Germany Rutger Wijburg, senior vice president and general manager of fab management at Globalfoundries Inc., made the case for More-than-Moore semiconductors as the enabler of the next wave of electronics.