ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon' News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment Without fresh innovations, designers could find themselves by 2020 in an era of "dark silicon," able to build dense devices they cannot afford to power, according to the chief technology officer of ARM Ltd. at the company's annual tech conference where FPGAs and netbooks were also hot topics.
TriQuint misses analyst estimates News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment RF semiconductor supplier TriQuint Semiconductor fell short of consensus analyst expectations for third-quarter sales and fourth-quarter guidance, a rare miss in a stretch that has seen many chip makers beat analyst estimates over the past two weeks.
Energy Micro launches ARM-based Gecko microcontrollers News & Analysis 10/21/2009 2 comments Startup Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway) has launched its first products, the EFM32 family of microcontrollers, otherwise known as Gecko, with the claim the microcontrollers offer more than four times the battery life of existing 8, 16 or 32-bit microcontrollers.
TI launches ARM processors for industrial apps Product News 10/21/2009 1 comment Texas Instruments Inc. (Houston, Texas) has announced the availability of two Cortex-A8 based microprocessors optimized for industrial applications. Cortex-A8 is developed by ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Forum split on future of chip startups News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
EU project set to make chip cards more secure News & Analysis 10/21/2009 Post a comment Three of Europe's leading chip makers, Infineon Technologies AG, ST Microelectronics and NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, as well as its largest supplier of chip cards, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and Gemalto, have joined forces with several other companies and research organizations to develop a high-security chip card platform.
ARM stretches out with A5 core, graphics, FPGAs News & Analysis 10/21/2009 3 comments ARM Ltd. opens its annual Silicon Valley technical conference announcing the Cortex A5, a new core to anchor its high-end line of mobile and embedded processors as well as plans to bolster its nascent position in graphics, extend its progress in microcontrollers and take a step in a potentially new direction with FPGAs.
Altera unveils dev kit for Cyclone III LS Product News 10/21/2009 Post a comment Altera announced the availability of the Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit, featuring hardware and software solutions that allow customers to prototype and test designs for Altera's Cyclone III LS FPGAs.
Lattice offers MachXO dev kit for system control designs Product News 10/21/2009 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of the MachXO Control Development Kit, offering designers of CPLDs and low-density FPGAs a suite of board management and system control resources to enable the development of system control designs.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0 News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
STMicro narrows loss on improved sales News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics posted a net loss of $201 million on revenue of $2.28 billion for the third quarter, as sequential gains in revenue across all markets were not enough to push the company to profitability.
Gennum samples single-chip 10G EPON transceiver Product News 10/20/2009 Post a comment Gennum Corp. has started to sample in limited quantities the GN7350, a single-chip 10G EPON transceiver for next generation PON systems that it says will help reduce power and cost while enhancing ONU (optical network unit) performance.
Soitec sales down 21.7% year-on-year News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment French SOI specialist Soitec SA reported sales of 94.2 million euros ($140.48 million) for the first half of financial year 2009-2010, down 21.7 percent on a year-on-year basis.
Low power Bluetooth set to be energized News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Just over 2.5 billion Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chipsets will ship in 2014 in a market that will grow at 78 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2014; but less than a third of those shipments will be for the single mode ICs, according to market research group ABI.
The forecast comes as the low energy Bluetooth community gathers in Munich, Germany for its first international technology conference at which, for instance Texas Instruments will showcase an ultra low-power coin cell demo using the upcom
Duo partner for wireless ECG patch News & Analysis 10/20/2009 Post a comment Research group IMEC and Terepac Corp. (Waterloo, Canada) are joining forces to develop a wireless ECG system within the Human++ Program at IMEC's Holst Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Researcher paves alternate path for hard drives News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Carnegie Mellon University professor Jimmy Jian-Gang Zhu is developing a microwave-assisted magnetic recording technique he believes will pack three terabits of data in a square inch of a hard disk, opening a third path in an ongoing debate about the future of the hard drive.
Rohm agrees to acquire Kionix, adds MEMS technology Product News 10/19/2009 Post a comment Rohm Co., Ltd (Kyoto, Japan) and Kionix, Inc., (Ithaca, New York have entered into a definitive agreement in which Rohm will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Kionix. Rohm has said that once the transaction has been completed Kionix will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Rohm, but will operate as stand-alone business under the Kionix name and brand, in its current facility.
NXP passes Chinese ePassport IC test News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), one of the leading providers of secure ICs for global e-passport providers, has won a coveted deal to supply its SmartMX security chips to power the Chinese government's first ePassport scheme.
NXP to provide ICs for hearing implants News & Analysis 10/19/2009 Post a comment Chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has a agreed to design and manufacture ICs for hearing implant products from Cochlear Ltd. (Sydney, Australia). The agreement includes the definition, development and supply of speech processor and wireless communication ICs to be used in forthcoming Cochlear products.
Smart moves at ITU to unify home net standards News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment The HomeGrid Forum, an industry group established to drive industry specifications for home networking, is urging silicon manufacturers to start adopting the G.Hn standard following the decision by the ITU to ratify key elements of the specification for networking via power lines.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm News & Analysis 10/16/2009 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
AMD Q3 net loss narrows despite 22% sales plunge News & Analysis 10/15/2009 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s third quarter net loss narrowed slightly from the year-ago period and the company's overall performance improved strongly on a sequential basis as the chip vendor benefitted from debt buyback, rising demand for notebook computers and lower operating costs.
Avago ups Q4 outlook News & Analysis 10/14/2009 Post a comment Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to be about $417 million, up 15 percent from the third quarter.