ST Exits Set-Top Box Chip Biz, Plans Layoffs News & Analysis 1/27/2016 1 comment STMicroelectronics NV has said it will stop developing products for the set-top box and home gateway markets and plans to lay off up to 1,400 workers out of its total headcount of more than 43,000.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester News & Analysis 1/26/2016 26 comments École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Microchip Signs to Buy Atmel News & Analysis 1/20/2016 2 comments Microcontroller, analog and flash memory IC vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has agreed to buy Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) for about $3.56 billion and Dialog Semiconductor, previously set to buy Atmel, has been paid a $137.3 million termination fee.
Microchip Named as Atmel Bidder News & Analysis 12/17/2015 4 comments Microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) is the company that has made a $3.8 billion unsolicited offer for Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), according to a Reuters report that referenced an unnamed source.
M&A Pace to Accelerate in 2016, Says Survey News & Analysis 12/11/2015 1 comment Semiconductor industry business leaders predict that the number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016 will match or exceed 2015, according to an annual survey of semiconductor industry business leaders conducted by business.
Bosch Makes Chinese IoT Deal News & Analysis 12/7/2015 Post a comment The Shanghai Industrial Microtechnology Research Institute (SITRI), a business incubator that is constructing a 200mm More-than-Moore wafer fab, and Bosch China have agreed to collaborate on researching the Internet of Things.
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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments