Wireless USB startup WiQuest folds News & Analysis 10/31/2008 1 comment WiQuest Communications Inc. officially closed its doors today, the first of perhaps several casualties to fall among ultrawideband chip designers.
NAND revenue to fall further, iSuppli says News & Analysis 10/31/2008 Post a comment Worldwide NAND flash memory revenue, which routinely expanded by triple-digit percentages in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will fall by 14 percent in 2008 and decline another 15 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
ST, TI in France and CSR lead week's story ranking News & Analysis 10/31/2008 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday October 26, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, October 31. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Commentary: No quick fix for Motorola's mobile woes News & Analysis 10/31/2008 Post a comment Motorola's dreadful third quarter results and scheduled retreat from the European and parts of Asian territories is only part of the bad news from the ailing company. And the postponement of plans to divest the mobile handsets division is just facing up to the realities of the bad state of this group, and the economic situation.
ST, Arkados develop HomePlug AV SoC Product News 10/31/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and Arkados Inc. (Piscataway, New Jersey) have joined forces to develop and manufacture a 200-Mbit per second, HomePlug AV wideband powerline modem system-on-chip.
GaAs pHEMT MMIC LNAs target wireless broadband Product News 10/31/2008 Post a comment Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced three new SMT packaged GaAs pHEMT MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) which are ideal for automotive, broadband, cellular/3G, WiMAX/4G and fixed wireless applications from 2.1 to 6 GHz.
Chartered posts loss, cuts capex News & Analysis 10/31/2008 Post a comment Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing cut its planned capital expenditure outlay for 2008 by $100 million after posting a third quarter loss and saying its expects a larger loss in the fourth quarter.
Over-the-air TV gears for mobile, Web roles News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment Proponents of over-the-air digital TV are gearing up for new mobile and Web offerings that could hit as early as next year, but even some implementers admit the effort faces a host of daunting challenges.
Chip sales up 1.6% in September on back of PC sales News & Analysis 10/30/2008 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors, expressed as the three-month moving average, increased by 1.6 percent to $23 billion in September compared to sales of $22.6 billion in the corresponding period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association(SIA).
Continental announces cost cutting program News & Analysis 10/30/2008 1 comment Like most other automotive electronics suppliers, Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) sees stormy weather ahead as a result of the sudden drop in demand for cars. Along with its Q3 figures, the company announced a cost cutting program.
Mosaid, Powerchip settle patent litigation News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies said it has settled its patent infringement litigation with Powerchip Semiconductor and signed a patent license agreement with the Taiwanese provider of memory chips and foundry services.
ST to suspend production due to slow demand in Q4 News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported that its fab utilization rate amounted to 85 percent in the third quarter of 2008. It is, however, expected to strongly decrease in the fourth quarter of 2008 and, possibly, in the first quarter of 2009.
Qualcomm faces $1bn GPS patent lawsuit News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has become embroiled in yet another patent litigation battle, this time focusing on assisted-GPS technology and against U.S. homeland security company Gabriel Technologies.
CSR set to cut UK jobs as it warns of tough '09 News & Analysis 10/29/2008 Post a comment Wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) is planning to make its first job cuts in the U.K. for many years in a drive to save $20 million of costs in 2009. Between 40 and 50 jobs are likely to go next year, in both R&D and support functions such as marketing and administration.
Preliminary DFI specification 2.1 now available News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment The preliminary version of the DDR PHY Interface (DFI) specification 2.1, which defines an interface protocol between memory controller logic and PHY interfaces, has been made available on the DFI ecosystem community Web site.
Gartner warns of bleak prospects for OEMs News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment Market research group Gartner has issued one of its most pessimistic outlooks for several years, suggesting that many OEMs will not increase production of electronic equipment which
they typically would for the holiday season, in anticipation of weaker demand from consumers.
Nujira amplifies handset development efforts News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment Power amplifier technology specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is powering ahead with plans to extend its technology from the wireless infrastructure space to handsets, trebling the size of its development team targeting chips and IP for mobile phones.
ARM sees no reason for pessimism News & Analysis 10/28/2008 Post a comment Processor IP vendor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, UK), has achieved record sales in the third quarter and is far from downbeat about future prospects despite the current global economic concerns.
Impairment charge drags Zoran to a loss News & Analysis 10/27/2008 Post a comment Citing a $167.6 million non-cash impairment of goodwill and intangible assets within the company's consumer segment, Zoran posted a third quarter GAAP net loss of $154.2 million, or $3.01 per share, on revenue of $126.1 million
Former Cypress exec to head PLX Tech News & Analysis 10/27/2008 Post a comment PLX Technology named 25-year semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Schmitt president and CEO. Schmitt replaces Mike Salameh, who has held the top job at PLX since co-founding the company in 1986.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...