ASIC pioneer reinvents 3-D FPGAs Product News 1/29/2010 8 comments By building a three-dimensional field-programmable FPGA with an ultra-dense anti-fuse interconnect, NuPGA claims to be able to achieve the density of an ASIC at a fraction of the cost.
DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Can nuclear waste be handled safely? News & Analysis 1/29/2010 14 comments A blue-ribbon panel convened by the Obama Administration must answer within two years the question of how the latest science and technology can provide safe methods to handle the waste from nuclear power plants. We'd like to hear what you think.
Atmel outlines plans for business restructuring News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Following a comprehensive review of alternatives for its ASIC business Atmel Corporation has announced plans to continue to explore the potential sale of the company's Smart Card (SMS) business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, UK and that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its Customer Specific Products (CSP) and Aerospace businesses.
All hail, mighty iPad News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Now that Apple's long-rumored tablet computer has finally been unveiled, there seems to be some question about whether it will be a hit. The answer: it already is.
Credit where credit is due News & Analysis 1/29/2010 1 comment Consultant, electrical engineering PhD and blogger Don Scansen offers up credit to Apple for using an internally designed processor in the iPad and to other bloggers who guessed correctly about the product prior to the much-hyped unveiling.
Atmel puts smart card business up for sale News & Analysis 1/29/2010 1 comment Microcontroller vendor Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it is exploring the potential sale of its smart card business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland but that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its customer-specific products and aerospace businesses.
Tyco acquires touchscreen firm News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Venture capital firms Sofinnova Partners and Motorola Ventures announced they have sold their stake in Sensitive Object SA, French developer of touch input technology, to Tyco Electronics, Ltd.
Hynix: no bidders for stake forces rethink News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Bank shareholders in Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had received no offers for their 28 percent stake in the memory maker by a Friday deadline, according to local reports that cited lead investor Korea Exchange Bank as their source.
Plextek reaches co-marketing agreement with TriQuint Product News 1/29/2010 Post a comment Plextek, the Cambridge-based electronics and communications design consultancy today announced that it is cooperating with TriQuint Semiconductor, a leading RF products manufacturer and foundry services provider, on a co-marketing agreement.
Chip makers swing to profitability News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Samsung revenue up 19% on strong chip sales News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment South Korean giant Samsung Electronics reported strong sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2009, citing a 50 percent year-to-year improvement in semiconductor revenue and a seasonal increase in consumer electronics sales.
Freescale posts lower Q4 net loss News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Holdings Ltd.'s financial position improved in the fourth quarter with its net loss dropping on lower charges and rising margins even as sales crept up from the year-ago quarter.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite News & Analysis 1/28/2010 6 comments The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
ST owns EU-registered iPad trademark News & Analysis 1/28/2010 5 comments Apple Inc. has unveiled with fanfare its iPad tablet-style mobile computer. Enthusiasm is likely to be rapidly waned as STMicroelectronics NV already has a registered trademark on the iPad brand.
Soaring DRAM prices push Elpida into Q3 profit News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment With the average selling price for PC DRAMs rising 30 percent compared with the previous quarter Elpida's PC DRAM product sales soared in its third financial quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, propeling the company into profit.
Analysis: Why a sustained ASP turnaround could be a mirage News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), has been at the bullish end of the spectrum of market researchers' opinion through most of the last decade. He remains so, but he is convinced that at long last the conditions are coming together to create manufacturing capacity shortages and a boom for chip makers and vendors.
TSMC profits in Q4 on returning demand News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to post a net income of NT$32.67 billion (about $1.02 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$92.09 billion (about $2.88 billion) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Sony Electronics acquires Convergent Media Systems News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Sony Electronics announced the acquisition of Convergent Media Systems, the digital signage and content distribution systems company will be integrated as a subsidiary into Sony Electronics' broadcast and professional products business.
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