LTE spending projected to boom in 2013 News & Analysis 1/31/2012 2 comments Global capital spending on 4G Long Term Evolution wireless technology is expected to reach $24.3 billion in 2013, nearly triple the projected spending of $8.7 billion of 2012, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
IHS forecasts 3.3% chip growth in 2012 News & Analysis 1/31/2012 Post a comment Market research firm IHS iSuppli revised its 2012 semiconductor market forecast upward slightly, saying it now expects chip sales to grow 3.3 percent this year to reach $323.2 billion.
ARM tips 'gods and giants' roadmap for 2012 News & Analysis 1/31/2012 8 comments Processor and related IP licensor ARM Holdings plc has disclosed the names, but little else, on the roadmap of cores it is working on in 2012 and revealed a gods and giants theme. The roadmap includes high performance processors, a low power microcontroller and graphics cores.
Renesas cuts 2012 forecast News & Analysis 1/31/2012 Post a comment Chipmaker Renesas Electronics cut its forecast for 2012, citing the semiconductor industry downturn and flooding last year in Thailand.
E-reader uses Qualcomm's mirasol display News & Analysis 1/31/2012 9 comments Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of communications chip giant Qualcomm, said Monday that its mirasol display technology is featured in the next- generation Jin Yong Reader from Taiwanese e-reader vendor Koobe.
DesignCon panel: No magic bullet for crosstalk News & Analysis 1/31/2012 2 comments There is no perfect solution to the problem of crosstalk in modern communications ICs, an increasing concern as chip designers push devices into the realm of 28-gigabits per second and beyond, according to a panel of experts at DesignCon 2012.
AMD's CTO talks heterogeneous systems architecture News & Analysis 1/31/2012 9 comments Making parallel computing easy to program for and enabling software engineers to let their imaginations run wild is AMD’s new holy grail according to Joe Macri, corporate vice president and CTO of the firm’s Client Division, speaking at DesignCon.
MStar revealed as ARM graphics IP licensor News & Analysis 1/30/2012 1 comment MStar Semiconductor Inc., a fables supplier of chips for consumers and communications applications which has licensed graphics cores from Imagination Technologies Group plc, is also a licensor of Mali graphics technology from ARM Holdings plc.
Tilera appoints CEO, announces processors News & Analysis 1/30/2012 9 comments Fabless chip company Tilera Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), has announced the immediately availability of 36- and 16-core 64-bit processors in its Tile-Gx series together with evaluation systems.
Automating the MEMS design processes News & Analysis 1/30/2012 3 comments With the MEMS market growing at an annual compound growth rate of 50 percent, electronic design automation tools from Coventor are adding scripting to speed up the design process.
MagnaChip buys IGBT module maker News & Analysis 1/27/2012 2 comments Analog and mixed-signal chip vendor MagnaChip Semiconductor said it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held semiconductor supplier Dawin Electronics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Globalfoundries CEO says company is back on track News & Analysis 1/27/2012 7 comments Globalfoundries CEO Ajit Manocha has praised his firm for what he called a “remarkable quarter” in Q411, and promised that the foundry was on track to “keep the momentum going,” after a year plagued with difficulties and setbacks.
Marvell cuts quarterly sales target News & Analysis 1/27/2012 1 comment Chip maker Marvell Technology Group cut its sales target for the quarter ending Jan. 28, saying revenue would be lower than expected because of disk drive shortages created by last year's flooding in Thailand.
Freescale's CEO sees light at end of the tunnel News & Analysis 1/26/2012 1 comment Freescale Semiconductor CEO Rich Beyer said the semiconductor industry is close to the end of the current downturn on a day when his company reported a narrower net loss despite a decline in fourth quarter earnings.
Micron's president to retire News & Analysis 1/26/2012 2 comments D. Mark Durcan, president and chief operating officer at memory chip vendor Micron Technology, will step down in August and be succeeded by Micron's vice president of sales, the company announced.
TSMC returns fire over 28-nm process issues News & Analysis 1/26/2012 5 comments Maria Marced, a senior executive with foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has hit back at analysts who have said it has yield problems with its 28-nm CMOS manufacturing processes.
LSI beats estimates News & Analysis 1/26/2012 2 comments Storage and networking chip vendor LSI delivered fourth quarter sales and first quarter guidance that exceeded analysts' expectations.
Teradyne reports uptick in orders in Q4 News & Analysis 1/26/2012 Post a comment Automated test equipment vendor Teradyne reported fourth quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and said order bookings improved by more than 50 percent compared with the previous quarter.
Fab tool spending outlook improving, says Lam CEO News & Analysis 1/26/2012 Post a comment Martin Anstice, president and CEO of equipment vendor Lam Research, said the outlook for wafer fab tool spending in 2012 is looking up after Lam reported steep declines in sales and profit but delivered results that beat analysts' expectations.
Elpida announces ReRAM chip, aims to enter market 2013 News & Analysis 1/25/2012 8 comments Struggling DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. has announced the development of a non-volatile resistance memory (ReRAM) prototype. The company said it plans to work with Sharp Corp. on commercialization with a view to volume production of a gigabit-scale ReRAM in 2013.
Samplify offers speed up for multicore processors News & Analysis 1/25/2012 Post a comment Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a startup fabless chip company with expertise in compression, has announced it can provide application acceleration technology called APAX that can more than double the performance of multicore processors.
Fab tool book-to-bill improves again News & Analysis 1/25/2012 Post a comment The the three-month average ratio of bookings to billings posted by North American fab tool makers improved for the third consecutive month in December after six straight months of declines, according to SEMI.
Israel gives Intel ultimatum on fab grant News & Analysis 1/25/2012 36 comments The Israeli government is attempting to force Intel’s hand on a decision to potentially build a new fab in the north of the country in exchange for a 1 billion shekel ($264.37 million) grant
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.