UMC's September sales are flat
News & Analysis 10/8/2010 5 comments
Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. announced its net sales for September 2010 were approximately NT$10.94 (about $350 million), up 0.5 percent over August 2010 and an increase of 14.8 percent over September 2009.
Gear vendor K&S warns of softening demand
News & Analysis 10/7/2010 4 comments
The chief executive of Kulicke & Soffa Industries warned of softening industry conditions that would cause his firm to record sales for the December quarter "significantly below" what was previously anticipated.
Micron misses estimates, inks Samsung deal
News & Analysis 10/7/2010 44 comments
Micron Technology reported lower-than-expected sales for its most recently concluded quarter and announced a 10-year, $275 million patent cross licensing agreement with rival Samsung Electronics.
Exec: Microsemi to support all Actel products
News & Analysis 10/6/2010 27 comments
Microsemi has no intention of killing off any Actel product lines following the anticipated close of the $430 million tender offer the company made for Actel earlier this week, according to a Microsemi executive.
ST-Ericsson makes power claim for HSPA+ modem
Product News 10/6/2010 19 comments
ST-Ericsson has launched an HSPA+ two-chip modem, the M5730, capable of transmitting data at speeds of up to 21-Mbps and claimed it has "fifty per cent lower power consumption than competing HSPA+ 21-Mbps modems available on the market."
Product News 10/5/2010 1 comment
eASIC's NEW ASICs offer ASIC-like performance, power, and low unit-cost combined with an FPGA-like design flow and rapid delivery of devices.
Elpida cuts FY estimates, capex says report
News & Analysis 10/5/2010 1 comment
Memory chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. is cutting capital expenditure plans as a slow growing memory market means it will miss previous earnings projections, according to a Bloomberg report which cited company president Yukio Sakamoto as its source.
Graphene research wins Nobel prize for physics
News & Analysis 10/5/2010 31 comments
Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two researchers who began their academic careers in Russia, have been awarded the 2010 Nobel prize for physics "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene."
CPU technologist sues patent pool firms
News & Analysis 10/4/2010 32 comments
Microprocessor technologist Charles H. Moore (Chuck Moore) has announced he has filed a law suit against patent licensing firms Technology Properties Ltd. LLC (The TPL Group) and Alliacense LLC alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
Carnegie raises chip market growth forecast
News & Analysis 10/4/2010 14 comments
After the August three-month average of global semiconductor sales came in ahead of his expectation Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for the 2010 annual chip market.
Global chip sales rise in August, says ESIA
News & Analysis 10/3/2010 Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for August was $25.69 billion, up 1.8 percent compared with the previous month and up 32.6 percent compared with the same month a year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Open-source multicore processor project begins
News & Analysis 10/1/2010 53 comments
ORSoC AB, a Swedish design house that took over responsibility for maintaining the OpenCores website in 2007, has announced that work has begun on OpenRISC 2000 (OR2K), an upgrade to the open-source OpenRISC 1000 32-bit processor.
Get on board: 20-nm MPW run for SOI scheduled
News & Analysis 10/1/2010 Post a comment
Research institutes CEA-Leti and Circuits Multi Projets, both based in Grenoble, France, have announced that a 20-nanometer fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process will be used on a 300-mm multiproject wafer scheduled to go in September 2011.
Atmel closes sale of smartcard business
News & Analysis 10/1/2010 17 comments
Atmel Corp. has said it has completed the previously announced sale of its Smart Card (SMS) business based in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland, to Inside Contactless SA.