Samsung triples Q3 profit on better chip ASPs News & Analysis 10/30/2009 1 comment South Korea's Samsung Electronics recorded a sharply better operating profit in the third quarter, thanks largely to better demand and higher average selling prices for memory chips, the company said.
Maxim posts profit News & Analysis 10/30/2009 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products posted a sequential double-digit increase in sales for the second consecutive quarter in the period ended Sept. 26, the company said.
Exec details ST's ARM Cortex-A9 licensing choice for HDTVs News & Analysis 10/29/2009 Post a comment In an interview with EE Times, Laurent Remont, director, R&D/Architecture Group, Home Entertainment and Displays Group at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), provided details on ST's decision to build its next-generation HDTV consumer device around the high-performance ARM architecture.
Updated: Juniper challenges Cisco on the edge News & Analysis 10/29/2009 Post a comment In a splashy New York City event, Juniper Networks announced its next generation of silicon, systems, software and partnerships around a family of networking products geared to serve businesses and service providers and attack archrival Cisco Systems.
Viewpoint: In defense of Hector Ruiz News & Analysis 10/29/2009 2 comments Ex-AMD boss Hector Ruiz might have been justified in providing confidential information about the company's reorganization to a group being investigated for insider trading but he alone can end the controversy by disclosing why he talked so candidly about his former employer.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz News & Analysis 10/29/2009 6 comments The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
Intel, Numonyx claim phase-change memory milestone News & Analysis 10/28/2009 13 comments Researchers from Intel and its flash memory joint venture, Numonyx, have demonstrated the ability to stack multiple layers of phase-change memory (PCM) arrays within a single die, a breakthrough that could pave the way for PCM to one day displace multiple existing memory technologies in various applications, they said.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
Fujitsu fiscal Q2 profit rise on investment gains, sales drop 10% News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Fujitsu Ltd.'s net income for the fiscal 2009 second quarter jumped to $804 million from $47 million, boosted by a huge increase from gains on the sale of investment securities, which helped to offset the negative impact of a 10 percent decline in sales from the year-ago comparable quarter.
ST licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core Product News 10/28/2009 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in its next-generation set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
STMicroelectronics : Smart-reset chip supports two-button control Product News 10/28/2009 Post a comment To overcome the frustration people can feel when electronic products ‘freeze’ in mid-operation, a smart-reset chip announced by STMicroelectronics allows the system to be restarted safely without removing the battery or finding a tool to push the reset button, usually hidden behind a hole in the casing.
Earnings roundup: More chip firms top estimates News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment More semiconductor companies and suppliers reported quarterly sales that beat consensus analyst expectations, including RF Micro Devices, Silicon Storage Technology, Amkor Technology, Actel, National Instruments and Integrated Device Technology.
Actel swings to Q3 profit News & Analysis 10/28/2009 Post a comment Actel reported a third-quarter profit, surprising analysts who had expected the programmable logic vendor to post a loss for the period.
Year-to-year chip growth expected to return in Q4 News & Analysis 10/27/2009 1 comment After declining on a year-to-year basis for the first three quarters of 2009, semiconductor industry revenue is expected to increase on a year-to-year basis in the fourth quarter--albeit in comparison to the low levels established in the fourth quarter of last year.
U.S. awards $3.4 billion in smart grid grants News & Analysis 10/27/2009 Post a comment Eighteen million homes—13 percent of all U.S. households--will get smart electric meters within three years as part of $3.4 billion in U.S. government grants to upgrade the country's aging electric grid announced by President Barack Obama in remarks at one of the country's largest solar farms in Arcadia, Florida.
Record-setting Q3 reported for GPU shipments News & Analysis 10/27/2009 Post a comment Third quarter shipments of graphics processors jumped 21.2 percent compared to the second quarter, signaling that the holiday season will be robust for PCs and the industry in general, according to market research firm Jon Peddie Research.
Spansion cuts more jobs News & Analysis 10/26/2009 Post a comment NOR flash vendor Spansion acknowledged that the company cut an undisclosed number of jobs as it continues restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Qualcomm creates open source software group News & Analysis 10/26/2009 1 comment Qualcomm Inc. announced Monday it has set up a separate wholly-owned subsidiary to work on open source software for mobile systems, the Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. with a dedicated group of engineers led by Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
Marvell boosts sales guidance News & Analysis 10/26/2009 Post a comment Marvell Technology Group boosted its sales target for the quarter ending Oct. 31, saying the company now expects revenue to be up 19 to 21 percent compared with the previous quarter.
Tilera announces plan for 100-core processors Product News 10/26/2009 3 comments Tilera Corp. will announced plans for a 100-core embedded processors at the Many-Core Virtual Conference this week where system maker Top Layer networks will discuss its use of Tilera's architecture.
NXP improves sales, net profit in Q3 News & Analysis 10/23/2009 Post a comment NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) achieved a net profit of $412 million on third quarter sales of $1,034 million. This compares to a net profit of $344 million in the second quarter of 2009 and to a loss of $2,540 million in the third quarter of 2008.
Hynix returns to profitability News & Analysis 10/23/2009 Post a comment South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor returned to profitability in the third quarter on 26 percent sequential sales growth, the company said.
Lattice posts loss, sees improving business News & Analysis 10/23/2009 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor reported a third-quarter net loss of $4.1 million on revenue of $49.1 million, and the company's top executive predicted that the worst of the semiconductor industry downturn has passed.
Freescale Q3 net loss narrows on lower charges News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. said its losses fell in the recently ended quarter although sales dropped sharply from the year-ago quarter even as incremental improvements to operations boosted margins at the automotive IC vendor.
DRAM rebound to continue in 2010, says iSuppli News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment The DRAM industry is likely to continue its rebound in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which said sequential growth in DRAM revenue and pricing during the second and third quarters was the strongest the industry has seen in at least five years.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 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 ...