Frustration mounts over delayed India chip policy News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment BANGALORE, India — India's delayed national semiconductor policy is causing mounting frustration among stakeholders and potential investors.
Thursday's (Oct. 19) announcement that the first chips will roll out from the SemIndia plant next June, three months later than expected, again fueled concerns here that the government is not taking seriously chip makers' concerns. The delayed rollout is expected to cost SemIndia more money than it had anticipated, according to industry sources.
Zilog to increase investment in China News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment SHANGHAI, China — Pegging much of its future growth on Asia, Zilog Inc. intends to increase investment in its Shanghai design center so that it can be more responsive to its increasing number of customers here.
Rambus expects $200M in options charges News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO — Chip memory technology licensor Rambus Inc. is likely to take stock-based compensation charges of more than $200 million as a result of an internal investigation into historical stock options granting practices, the company said Thursday (Oct. 19).
Cypress ends buyout discussions News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cypress Semiconductor Inc.'s board said that it has terminated its process of evaluating a possible buyout of the company.
The chip maker also said it "has determined that continuing with its standalone strategy at this time is in the best interests of its stockholders."
Ballast IC makes for brighter fluorescent lamps Product News 10/20/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics says its L6585 "combo IC," which integrates a power factor correction stage with a half-bridge controller and all the relevant drivers and logic for an electronic ballast IC, ultimately makes for fluorescent lamps that shine brighter.
Zilog to increase investment in China News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment Pegging much of its future growth on Asia, Zilog Inc. intends to increase investment in its Shanghai design center so that it can be more responsive to its increasing number of customers there.
Rambus expects $200M in options charges News & Analysis 10/20/2006 Post a comment Chip memory technology licensor Rambus is likely to take stock-based compensation charges of more than $200 million following an internal investigation into historical stock options granting practices.
1-chip solution advances automotive battery monitoring Product News 10/20/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Analog Devices' ADuC703x family of Smart Battery Sensors, claiming the first single-chip solution for precision battery management in automotive applications, integrates high-precision data acquisition of current, voltage, and temperature, a programmable flash memory-based MCU, and a local interconnect network (LIN)-based controller with high-voltage transceiver in a small 48-pin package.
SemIndia chips to roll out in a year, report says News & Analysis 10/19/2006 Post a comment With the first batch of chips from SemIndia Inc.'s fab in Hyderabad scheduled to come off the production line in less than a year, the facility has already procured an order worth about $400 million, according to a report by Cybermedia News.
Samsung marches to 50 nm for DDR2 News & Analysis 10/19/2006 Post a comment Samsung Electronics has developed a 50-nanometer, 1-gigabit DDR2 DRAM chip based on three-dimensional transistor design and multilayered dielectric technology.
More charged in DRAM price-fixing probe News & Analysis 10/18/2006 Post a comment A total of three executives from DRAM manufacturers were indicted for their alleged participation in a price-fixing conspiracy in 2001 and 2002, the U.S. Justice Department said. The indicted executives include two South Korean nationals from Sasung Electronics and one American from Hynix Semiconductor's U.S. subsidiary.
NXP's new owners "love the semiconductor industry" News & Analysis 10/18/2006 Post a comment The new private equity owners of NXP Semiconductors bought the former Philips Semiconductors in the middle of a typical semiconductor cycle, and are committed to holding their stake for seven years, according a senior executive at the chip group.
Wales to host first Dye Sensitized Solar Cell plant News & Analysis 10/18/2006 Post a comment A recently established renewable energy company, G24 Innovations Ltd, is planning to build the first plant to make dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) on a commercial scale at a facility in Cardiff, Wales. The eventual investment into producing the so called 'solar foils' could be between £60 million and £75 million and the project could create 300 jobs.
Intel revenue, income up sequentially News & Analysis 10/17/2006 Post a comment Intel posted third quarter net income of $1.3 billion, up 47 percent sequentially but down 35 percent year-to-year, the company said. Revenue of $8.7 billion was up 9 percent sequentially but down 12 percent year-to-year.
ST, Nanotron partner for location networks News & Analysis 10/17/2006 Post a comment ST Microelectronics and Nanotron Technologies GmbH have joined forces to develop complete designs for wireless control and sensor networks targeted at the real time location systems (RTLS) market.
IPTV firm chooses NXP platform Product News 10/16/2006 Post a comment Interactive Television Networks, a provider of Internet Protocol TV systems and networks, has selected the NXP STB810 set-top box chip platform to build IP set-top box devices for mass deployment in the U.S.
Xilinx ships 65-nm FPGA with hard-coded PCIe block, Ethernet MAC Product News 10/16/2006 Post a comment Intended for high-performance logic with serial connectivity, the Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs from Xilinx are the second of four domain-optimized platforms due to be launched in 65-nm. The Virtex-5 LXT platform delivers the first FPGA with a hard-coded PCI Express (PCIe) endpoint block and tri-mode Ethernet MAC, which gives designers an off-the-shelf product that the company says saves time, reduces power consumption and frees up FPGA fabric resources.
Grant awarded to help improve cell phone image quality News & Analysis 10/16/2006 Post a comment Britain's Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the Robert Gordon University a £300,000 research grant for a project aimed at improving the processing power and battery life of current mobile phones and thus its often unpredictable image quality.
DSP libraries are optimized for Power744x processor Product News 10/13/2006 Post a comment VMETRO has launched VSIPlus, a bundle of C-libraries for DSP processing that is optimized for the Power744x processor. The libraries support VxWorks 5.5 and products such as the Phoenix VPF1 DSP VXS board. The bundle includes VSIPL, CSIPL and VecLib open-standards.
Low cost handset shipments set to take off News & Analysis 10/13/2006 Post a comment The rapid development of tightly integrated and low cost chipsets from companies such as NXP Semiconductors, Texas Instruments and Infineon Technologies means that shipments of Ultra Low Cost (ULC) mobile phones could reach 48 million units next year, according to Strategy Analytics.
IP Group to aid Glasgow University with spinouts News & Analysis 10/13/2006 Post a comment Technology commercialization group IP Group plc has sealed a 25 year partnership with the University of Glasgow to help form spinout companies and to initially fund them with up to £5 million in return for equity stakes.
High-voltage buck control ICs drive LED signage Product News 10/13/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier's 200- and 400-volt half-bridge buck regulator control ICs for AC/DC offline applications are designed to drive multiple LEDs for indoor and outdoor signage as well as architectural, entertainment, design, and decorative lighting.
LDO is automotive-qualified Product News 10/12/2006 Post a comment Texas Instruments' new family of low-dropout (LDO) regulators, with an input voltage range of 45 volts, will survive the harsh requirements of the high-transient automotive environment for car stereo, instrument clusters, and telematics applications.
EU set to decide on European Institute of Technology News & Analysis 10/12/2006 Post a comment The European Commission has had to scale down plans for a flagship project that was proposed as a way to compete with the U.S. in leading research projects and as a centre of excellence in innovation and education because of lack of interest from industry.
Transmeta files suit against Intel News & Analysis 10/12/2006 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. — Despite bailing out of the x86-based microprocessor business last year, Transmeta Corp. Wednesday (Oct. 11) announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Intel Corp.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleges that Intel infringed upon ten of Transmeta's patents. The patents cover computer architecture and power efficiency technologies, according to Transmeta (Santa Clara, Calif.).
ULDO is a tight fit for wireless designs Product News 10/12/2006 Post a comment Micrel's MIC5301 ULDO regulator touts a dropout of just 40 mV at 150 mA, more than 75 db PSRR, and extremely low output noise all in a 1.6-by-1.6 mm MLF package that ideally suits the device to portable and wireless applications.
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.