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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hynix shares tumble on lack of bidders News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment The stock price of memory chipmaker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. fell 8.9 percent on Tuesday (Jan. 26) to close at 23,600 won (about $20.40). The tumble was prompted by concerns that the consortium of banks that bailed the company out several years ago cannot find a buyer to take over their stakes, according to a Reuters report.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
Oracle, Sun ready to lift veil on merger plans News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment Oracle and Sun Microsystems will discuss their plans for the combined company just four days after the European Commission approved the merger, an event that needs to answer a range of questions about the future of the company's microprocessors, systems, software—and staff.
Smart card firms team to establish open standard News & Analysis 1/26/2010 Post a comment European smartcard makers Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and Oberthur Technologies S.A. and chip providers Infineon Technologies AG and Inside Contactless S.A. have launched an industry initiative to advance open and secure public transport smartcard applications.
TI Q4 net soars on higher analog IC demand News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc.'s net income rose sharply in the fourth quarter on benefits from higher analog demand, improving manufacturing utilization as well as lower overall costs and the company sees sales rising sequentially in the traditionally slower first quarter.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
MIPS appoints former Cavium exec as CEO News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has announced the appointment of Sandeep Vij as president, chief executive officer and director, replacing interim CEO Anthony Holbrook who will continue to serve as chairman.
AMD posts Q4 profit on Intel settlement News & Analysis 1/21/2010 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. posted its first quarterly profit in years on a boost from the $1.2 billion settlement received from rival Intel Corp., rising sales and improving operating efficiencies.
Hynix holding out against Rambus, say reports News & Analysis 1/21/2010 Post a comment Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. still sees a gap between its position and that of Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.), the memory intellectual property licensor that is pursuing it in the law courts, according to reports.
LSI adds four-core PowerPC, eDRAM to arsenal News & Analysis 1/20/2010 Post a comment LSI Corp. has added a new Power PC processor and fast embedded DRAM cores to its library, claiming demand for custom silicon is on the rise in its core networking and storage markets as it moves into 40nm technology and targets the transition to 10 Gbit Ethernet.
U.S. cracks down on Energy Star violators News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy plans to start conducting its own tests soon to determine whether products are in compliance with the Energy Star program, the latest step in a broad initiative under the Obama Administration to crack down on an electronics industry that has been lax in adhering to the requirements of the energy efficiency program.
New LED driver reduces size and cost of lighting products Product News 1/19/2010 Post a comment Diodes Incorporated has introduced a 1 Amp rated linear mode constant current LED driver specifically designed to reduce the size and cost of a range of general illumination products, including flashlights and lighting in emergency, garden, and poolside applications.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Lime, Percello create femtocell reference design News & Analysis 1/18/2010 Post a comment Lime Microsystems Ltd. (Guildford, England), a developer of multiband multistandard RF transceiver ICs, has announced that it is collaborating with Percello Ltd. (Ra'anana, Isreal) to develop a reference platform for femtocell designs.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.