Agere profits jump on strong margin improvement News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Agere Systems Inc. today posted strong fiscal fourth quarter revenue and net income, beating analysts' consensus estimate on a surge in sales into the consumer and storage markets.
The communications and networking chip maker also announced fiscal 2006 results showing its first annual profit since being spun off from Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2002.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment LONDON — ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3 News & Analysis 10/31/2006 Post a comment Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card Product News 10/31/2006 Post a comment AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Antenna specialist extends management team News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has added two key executives to drive the company's operations and sales in global markets. Mike Edwards has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales and marketing while CL Lim has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Asia.
ASMI predicts profitabilty in 2007 News & Analysis 10/30/2006 Post a comment Dutch semiconductor equipment ASM International N.V. made net profits of Euros 13.1 million ($16 million) in the third quarter, down from Euros 17.4 million in the second quarter, on sales of Euros 213.4 million, down 9 percent sequentially.
Analysis: PortalPlayer tries to get off the mat News & Analysis 10/27/2006 Post a comment Beleaguered Portal Player, the once high-flying media processor vendor that was decimated by the loss of a key slot in Apple's iPod earlier this year, is bidding to reinvent itself with a new licensing model geared toward the sub-$100 MP3 player market and a technology enabling a second LCD screen on notebook PCs.
Dual-port transceivers target high-speed industrial apps Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment Take a closer look at this dual-port industrial physical layer transceiver family from National Semiconductor. The DP83849 PHYTER family offers flex-port switching technology and advanced cable diagnostics, two key features for embedded design engineers developing products that require high-speed industrial connectivity and dual-port functionality for redundancy and system management.
LDO touts lowest quiescent current for automotives Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment ON Semiconductor says its NCV8664 is the industry's first linear regulator to incorporate reverse-battery, short-circuit and overload protection with the lowest quiescent (Iq) current performance specified over the automotive temperature range.
340-MHz HDMI transmitter chip connects PCs to HDTVs Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment Silicon Image's latest VastLane HDMI transmitter chips can drive the biggest, highest-resolution PC monitors on the market with a single-link solution as well as output sound and video to any digital display, from existing DVI LCD monitors, HDTVs and projectors to future low-cost all digital PC monitors with DVI or HDMI inputs.
Relative-humidity sensor system boosts climate control Product News 10/25/2006 Post a comment Boosting passenger safety and comfort, Sensata Technologies' capacitive-based humidity sensors with integrated temperature function, for determining relative humidity in climate control and windshield anti-fogging applications, responds five times faster with twice the initial accuracy of traditional resistive-sensor technologies.
TV-on-chip devices debut Product News 10/25/2006 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor company Telegent Systems is rolling out devices that integrate all major mobile TV receiver functions, from antenna input to digital video output. Low-power devices support NTSC and PAL video formats, making it suitable for both US and European mobile phone designs.
Merged AMD-ATI plans combined CPU/GPU chips in '08 News & Analysis 10/25/2006 Post a comment Aiming to leapfrog archrival Intel, Advanced Micro Devices announced its Fusion program under which it will deliver a wide range of merged x86 CPUs with on-board graphics accelerators as part of its acquisition of graphics and chip set designer ATI Technologies.
Intel invests in Vietnamese IT firm News & Analysis 10/25/2006 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. — FPT Corp., a provider of information and communications technology in Vietnam, has issued new shares to private equity firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and Intel Capital.
Under the terms of the agreement, FPT (Hanoi) received a total investment of $36.5 million, from TPG and Intel Capital.
ADI scores Cisco design win News & Analysis 10/24/2006 Post a comment Cisco Systems has selected Analog Devices Inc.'s Blackfin DSP for its Telepresence Meeting platform, which will use IP infrastructure for videoconferencing and two-way multimedia based on high-definition resolution.
AMCC offers security-enabled SoC Product News 10/24/2006 Post a comment Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has begun general sampling of its new PowerPC 440EPx embedded processor. Delivering Gigabit Ethernet, security acceleration and USB support, the 440EPx targets printing systems, industrial control, wireless LAN access points and other general embedded applications.
LED driver simplifies Movie/Flash applications Product News 10/24/2006 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT4134, for up to six white/color LEDs, is a 500-mA inductive boost driver optimized for Movie/Flash applications, and for industrial video lighting, still camera, flashlight, and LCD backlighting.
Silicon Image rolls HDMI transmitters for PCs Product News 10/23/2006 Post a comment Chip maker Silicon Image rolled out a pair of VastLane High Definition Multimedia Interface transmitters said to provide a single-chip solution for enabling PC manufacturers to drive digital output to PC monitors and high-definition TVs.
Pentagon urges 'relevant' R&D News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment U.S. military planners, faced with mounting casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan along with a decline in federal R&D spending, are pressing contractors to shift their focus from gee-whiz technologies to "relevant" ones that can save lives and improve capabilities today.
Chipset yields high linearity transmitter for GSM/EDGE base stations Product News 10/20/2006 Post a comment Check out this transmitter chipset from Maxim Integrated Products. Aimed at GSM/EDGE base station applications, chipset consists of a SiGe I/Q modulator and highly integrated, digital RF variable-gain amplifier that together deliver what the company says is the lowest noise and highest levels of linearity of any competing direct-conversion zero-IF transmitter product.
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.