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.
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.
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.
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
Bake Your Own Pi
News & Analysis 10/28/2015 2 comments
Designers and engineers creating or building products based around the Raspberry Pi, in small-to-medium volume, can now access a service set up by distributor element14, and Raspberry Pi Trading to design and manufacture customized versions of the Pi.
Apple Takes Green Initiatives in China
News & Analysis 10/26/2015 1 comment
Apple plans to produce 2.2GW of solar power and other renewable energy in China to cut air pollution brought by factories that have made millions of iPhones and iPads in the past eight years.
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.
Intel's Curie Powers Arduino
News & Analysis 10/16/2015 2 comments
Intel’s mini Internet of Things module, Curie, will power two forthcoming Arduino development boards. Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 are designed for entry-level makers and education environments.
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.
PC Sales Plummet in Q3
News & Analysis 10/9/2015 2 comments
As expected, PC sales dropped as much as 11% year-over-year despite the launch of Windows 10, according to Gartner and IDC.
Organics To Extend Moore's Law
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 9 comments
Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs
News & Analysis 10/2/2015 5 comments
Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp.
News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
iPhone 6S: A9 May Be Dual Sourced
News & Analysis 9/30/2015 2 comments
The list of components that make up the iPhone 6S is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a teardown of a unit performed by engineering consultants Chipworks.
HCL, IBM Team Up to Drive IoT Adoption
News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment
HCL has partnered with IBM to accelerate the development of Internet of Things solutions. The two companies also plan to set up an incubation centre in Noida to develop these IoT applications.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
News & Analysis 8/18/2015 5 comments
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE
News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup
News & Analysis 6/22/2015 Post a comment
Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.