AMD posts loss, still beats street estimates News & Analysis 1/24/2012 3 comments Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a net loss of $177 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 on revenue of $1.69 billion, with operating income of $71 million, still managing to beat analyst expectations.
Apple was top chip buyer in 2011, Gartner says News & Analysis 1/24/2012 4 comments Apple was the leading customer of semiconductor chip vendors in 2011, buying $17.3 billion worth of chips and accounting for 5.7 percent of chips purchased on a design total available market basis, according to market research firm Gartner.
Analyst sees chip sales rebound in December News & Analysis 1/23/2012 1 comment The three-month average of global chip sales for December is going to be reported by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization as $24.1 billion, according to a prediction from Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
CEO change won't stem RIM's decline, says analyst News & Analysis 1/23/2012 6 comments Research in Motion's replacement of co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie with Thorsten Heins may give the company a boost, but not enough to stop continued market share loss, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Intel buys Qlogic InfiniBand business for $125 million News & Analysis 1/23/2012 1 comment Intel Corp. has agreed to buy product lines and assets associated with the InfiniBand standard from Qlogic Corp. for $125 million in cash. A significant number of the employees associated with this business are expected accept offers to join Intel.
Maxim acquires LTE chip firm News & Analysis 1/22/2012 2 comments Analog and mixed-signal IC maker Maxim Integrated Products has acquired Genasic Design Systems Ltd., a fabless RF chip company founded in 2009, for an undisclosed amount.
Slideshow: MEMS conquering sports News & Analysis 1/21/2012 6 comments MEMS are revolutionizing sports, health and fitness by making possible scores of new products that help athletes analyze and improve performance.
TSMC process in trouble, says analyst News & Analysis 1/20/2012 21 comments Mike Bryant, technology analyst with Future Horizons Ltd. has said that foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is in trouble with its 28-nm manufacturing process technologies, which are not yet yielding well.
Intel says 2012 capex will top $12 billion News & Analysis 1/20/2012 2 comments Intel said it would spend between $12.1 billion and $12.9 billion on capital spending in 2012, a higher-than-expected forecast that comes as a pleasant surprise to semiconductor manufacturing tool suppliers.
Allegro Microsystems A1357 sensor IC Product News 1/19/2012 1 comment Allegro MicroSystems has introduced a customer programmable linear hall-effect sensor IC that features a pulse width modulated two-wire output and supports a temp range from 40°C to 150°C.
IHS: Nokia's Lumia 900 to lead Windows Phone resurgence News & Analysis 1/19/2012 17 comments Nokia is set to regain some of its lost smartphone market share thanks to the introduction of its Lumia 900 last week—and, in the process, re-establish Microsoft's Windows Phone as a leading contender in the cellphone operating system business, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Microsemi buys Maxim's telecom timing IC biz News & Analysis 1/19/2012 1 comment Chip vendor Microsemi said it acquired Maxim Integrated Products' telecom clock generation, synchronization, packet timing and synthesis business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
SMSC to cut 5% of workforce News & Analysis 1/18/2012 11 comments Mixed-signal chip maker Standard Microsystems said its board of directors voted to approve a restructuring plan that will eliminate about 5 percent of its global workforce, or about 50 employees.
ASML touts EUV progress, guides for better Q1 sales News & Analysis 1/18/2012 2 comments ASML reported sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 that were roughly in line with analysts' estimates, guided for better-than-expected first quarter sales and said it continues to make progress on next-generation extreme ultra-violet lithography.
Analyst honored by fab tool trade group News & Analysis 1/18/2012 1 comment G. Dan Hutcheson, chairman and CEO of market watcher VLSI Research, was awarded the 13th annual Bob Graham Award for outstanding contributions in semiconductor equipment and materials marketing at fab tool vendor trade group SEMI's annual Industry Strategy Symposium.
Analyst warns of chip downturn in 2013 News & Analysis 1/18/2012 3 comments The semiconductor industry is expected to grow by 6 to 7 percent this year, but will contract in 2013 as the U.S. economy slows, according to Handel Jones, founder and CEO of International Business Strategies.
Android will run better on our chips says Intel News & Analysis 1/17/2012 23 comments Intel may have missed the smartphone boat the first time around, but the chip maker is determined not to let the opportunity set sail without it again, making its first big moves in ultra-mobility at last week’s CES 2012.
Showing off a reference design smartphone and announcing partnerships with both Motorola and LG, Intel is determined to make its mark on mobile this coming year, starting with the Chinese market and then expanding out.
Audi selects Tegra processor for infotainment and dashboard News & Analysis 1/17/2012 1 comment Nvidia Corp. has announced that car maker Audi AG has selected the Tegra 3 processor to be the application and graphics processor for its in-vehicle infotainment systems and digital instrument display, across the entire line of its vehicles worldwide, beginning in 2013.
MIPI announces RF standards for mobiles News & Analysis 1/17/2012 1 comment The MIPI Alliance, an industry organization that promotes interface specifications for mobile devices, has announced two specifications targeting the digital modem and the front-end radio. These are the DigRF v4 and the RFFE v1.10 specification.
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.