Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.22 billion in August 2009, up 7.6 percent from the same month a year before, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The Americas, which is dominated in terms of sales by the U.S., remains the only region able to demonstrate monthly sales growth year-on-year.
August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
Silicon nanowire synthesis is CMOS-compatible, claims Leti News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France has demonstrated that the synthesis of silicon nanowire can be achieved at temperatures as low as 400°C by using a copper-based catalyst and an unconventional preparation method.
Millimeter-wave startup raises $10 million in Series A News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment Peraso Technologies Inc. (Toronto, Ontario), a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development of multi-gigabit millimeter-wave transceivers, has secured CDN$10 million (about $9.5 million) in Series A funding. The investment group comprises Celtic House Venture Partners, iNovia Capital and VentureLink Funds.
Is Altera building a MIPS-based processor core? News & Analysis 10/6/2009 5 comments Altera isn't talking about its plans for the 32-bit architecture it licensed from MIPS Technologies, leaving analysts to speculate that the company may be planning to market its own MIPS-based CPU core.
ARM, GlobalFoundries to work on 28-nm HKMG process News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Processor and physical intellectual property provider ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) have agreed a deal to support customers implement the Cortex-A9 processor on GlobalFoundries 28-nm high-k metal-gate manufacturing process.
SiBeam readies 2nd gen Wireless HD chip Product News 10/6/2009 Post a comment SiBeam, a pioneer in 60GHz chips for wireless video networking, is demonstrating its second generation chipsets based on the WirelessHD specification at this week's CEATEC Japan exhibition.
Samsung to report big Q3 sales increase News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it expects to report third quarter sales of approximately 36 trillion won ($30.8 billion) and an operating profit of roughly 4.1 trillion won ($3.5 billion). Both would be sharp increases from the company's second quarter numbers.
NXP shoots for hefty payday with Trident deal News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment
Two years from now NXP Semiconductor and its turnaround specialist president and CEO Rick Clemmer will find out whether the chip maker's investment in Trident Microsystems Inc. was a smart deal or a Trojan horse.
RIM, Adobe to bring Flash player to Blackberry News & Analysis 10/5/2009 Post a comment Research in Motion said it was working with Adobe Systems to bring support for Adobe's Flash player to the Blackberry platform. RIM also announced it had joined the Open Screen Project, an Adobe-backed initiative dedicated to bringing Flash support to mobile phones, TVs, PCs and other consumer electronics devices.
IEF: Pistorio's six tips for today's semi CEO's News & Analysis 10/5/2009 Post a comment Pasquale Pistorio, the driving force behind ST Microelectronics for many years and now honorary chairman of the chip group, gave a bravado and uplifting talk to delegates of the International Electronics Forum in Geneva.
Analysis: Gear vendors not crying over TI fab deal News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment A deal by Texas Instruments to open a new 300-mm analog stocked almost exclusively with used manufacturing equipment is not detrimental to capital equipment manufacturers, according to industry executives and analysts. Some suggested it may actually be a positive for beleaguered equipment suppliers.
August averaged chip sales show global growth, says SIA News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $19.06 billion in August, July, up 5.0 percent from $18.15 billion in July and down 16.1 percent from $22.71 billion in August 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Texas Instruments : 200-mA regulators have auto low-power mode Product News 10/2/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments has introduced the TPS727xx family of 200-mA, low dropout regulators (LDOs) which offer an auto low-power mode that combines ultra-low quiescent current of less than 8 uA with fast transient response while maintaining low noise and a high power supply rejection ratio (PSRR).
V-shaped recovery gathers pace, says IC Insights News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment The 2009 IC market, measured on a quarterly basis and especially with regard to unit volume shipments, has displayed a classic "V-shaped" recovery, according to market research organization IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Numonyx CEO takes on PCM doubters News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment Brian Harrison, president and CEO of Numonyx BV made a spirited and forthright defense for the prospects of phase-change memory technology (PCM) at Future Horizons' International Electronics Forum, which takes place here this week.
PMIC cuts component count in low-power portables Product News 10/1/2009 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics has launched the WM8320, a highly integrated power management integrated chip (PMIC) that is designed to maximize ARM processor performance and extend battery life in portable multimedia devices, such as netbooks, mobile Internet devices, smartphones, handsets and digital photo frames.
Altair offers 4G LTE baseband chip Product News 10/1/2009 Post a comment Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a 4G communications chip company, has announced the commercial availability of its LTE baseband chip, the FourGee-3100.
Updated: Nvidia announces next-gen graphics chip News & Analysis 10/1/2009 1 comment Nvidia Corp. previewed at its developer conference its next-generation graphics processor, a three-billion transistor chip code named Fermi, packing 512 cores and claiming advances in floating point and memory architecture.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 21 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 ...