Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 26 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
News & Analysis 7/11/2014 8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
News & Analysis 7/10/2014 1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
News & Analysis 7/9/2014 6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
EZchip Buys Tilera
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
News & Analysis 6/30/2014 6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report
News & Analysis 6/26/2014 6 comments
Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
News & Analysis 6/23/2014 5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy?
News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments
This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
Top Mobile Memory Vendors
News & Analysis 6/16/2014 Post a comment
In a recent report, Gartner ranked the top vendors of eMCP and eMMC mobile memory. In an interview with EETimes, Gartner's principal analyst, Brady Wang, explained the details.
World's Highest-Performance MOSFET Is III-V
News & Analysis 6/13/2014 9 comments
The world's highest-performance metal-oxide-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor is no longer silicon. It's made from indium-gallium-arsenide on a indium-phosphide layer, which can be grown atop a standard silicon wafer.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
News & Analysis 6/9/2014 9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
News & Analysis 6/3/2014 3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
News & Analysis 5/30/2014 32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics
News & Analysis 5/28/2014 3 comments
The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
Microchip Buys Taiwan’s ISSC Tech
News & Analysis 5/22/2014 3 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. makes a $328.5 million deal to acquire Taiwanese fabless chip company ISSC Technologies Corp., which sells Bluetooth chips aimed at the growing IoT sector.
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News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments
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