Private equity firm buys process tool maker News & Analysis 1/5/2012 Post a comment Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, said it acquired Ichor Systems, a designer and manufacturer of process tools and gas and chemical delivery modules sold to capital equipment makers serving the semiconductor industry and others. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Kit supports pairing of DSC, smartphone News & Analysis 1/5/2012 1 comment Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced a wireless camera developer's kit to facilitate applications in which cameras that combine still photography and full HD video can wirelessly stream video to smartphones.
Mindspeed buys PicoChip for up to $75 million News & Analysis 1/5/2012 11 comments Mindspeed Technologies Inc., a fabless networking chip company, has agreed to acquire PicoChip Ltd, a provider of chipsets for femtocell basestations, for $51.8 million with an additional $25 million potentially payable in 2013.
IHS: Chip inventories declined in Q3, Q4 News & Analysis 1/4/2012 3 comments Semiconductor inventories declined in the third quarter of 2011 for the first time in eight quarters and likely fell further in the fourth quarter of last year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Report: AMD sued over allegedly faulty chips News & Analysis 1/4/2012 5 comments Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of notebook computers, filed a lawsuit against AMD alleging breach of contract and saying AMD sold defective products, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service.
PV inverter maker Satcon slashes jobs News & Analysis 1/4/2012 4 comments Satcon Technology became the latest U.S.-based solar power equipment maker to slash jobs, announcing a set of cost reductions that include cutting 140 jobs, or about 35 percent of the company's total workforce, and the closure of its Canadian manufacturing facility.
Spreadtrum offers Android platforms for $100 smartphones Product News 1/4/2012 1 comment Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has announced that is has Android platforms that should enable customers to make $100 retail TD-SCDMA and EDGE/Wi-Fi smartphones with 1-GHz clock performance. The TD-SCDMA platform is based on the SC8810 chip and the EDGE/Wi-Fi platform is based on the SC6820 chip, Spreadtrum (Shanghai, China) said.
Samsung Chinese wafer fab gets OK News & Analysis 1/4/2012 2 comments Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has received permission from the South Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy to build a NAND flash memory wafer fab in China with the proviso that the ministry provides security support to prevent technology leaks, according to reports.
Aehr Test names new CEO News & Analysis 1/3/2012 Post a comment Semiconductor test and burn-in equipment supplier Aehr Test Systems appointed Gayn Erickson, a 23-year veteran of the semiconductor test industry, to the position of CEO.
Ex-Energy Conversion chief named COO of Brooks News & Analysis 1/3/2012 1 comment Semiconductor equipment vendor Brooks Automation appointed Mark Morelli, formerly CEO of solar equipment provider Energy Conversion Devices, to the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.
Rambus sees higher Q4 sales News & Analysis 1/3/2012 Post a comment Chip technology licensor Rambus raised its sales target for the fourth quarter of 2011, saying it now expects sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31 to be about $83 million.
ITC to probe Elpida, Nanya complaints News & Analysis 1/3/2012 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission will launch an investigation based on a complaint filed by Elpida Memory and its U.S. subsidiary against rival DRAM vendor Nanya Technology and its U.S. subsidiary, the ITC said last month.
Toshiba touted as Elpida white knight News & Analysis 1/3/2012 4 comments Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. could be the first casualty of the DRAM nuclear winter and Toshiba is being discussed as a potential purchaser, according to a report from DRAMexchange, a market research division of TrendForce Corp. (Taipei, Taiwan).
Global chip sales continue to slip in November News & Analysis 1/3/2012 5 comments The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was $25.13 billion for the month of November 2011, a decrease of 2.4 percent from the prior month when the equivalent sales figure was $25.74 billion, according to the SIA.
TI's LightCrafter senses without touching News & Analysis 1/1/2012 8 comments The next most promising frontier in emerging ubiquitous MEMS applications, structured light illumination, is poised to revolutionize metrology applications by removing the need for touch with MEMS that both micro-miniaturizatize and increase the precision of conventional solutions.
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.
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