Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Analyst: Digital camera market plateaus at $18B Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment With the majority of amateur and professional photographers having made the switch from film to digital cameras, the worldwide market for digital still cameras appears to be leveling off at about $18 billion per year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
ST demos chip for speedy medical diagnostics News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a prototype device capable of selectively collecting and manipulating biological molecules which the chip group suggests opens the way to cost-effective automated sample preparation for medical and forensic diagnostics.
Broadcom buying networking middleware vendor LVL7 News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Broadcom Corp. has offered $62 million in cash for LVL7 Systems Inc., one of the few remaining independent developers of middleware for networking protocols. Given LVL7's existing integration deals with Agere, Infineon Technologies, Marvell Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Fulcrum Microsystems and Switchcore, the Broadcom move could prompt some scrambling in the communications IC sector.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier News & Analysis 11/30/2006 Post a comment LONDON — Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers.
FEI, which is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday (Nov.30) relating to the planned secondary offering of 8,406,007 common shares.
LED driver eyes automotives Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Rated for operation at +125°C ambient, Supertex' AT9933 is a variable frequency pulse width modulated (PWM) controller suited for automotive LED lighting applications.
Serial ATA controllers support PCIe interconnect Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Designed to deliver cost-effective RAID data protection for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers, Adaptec Inc. has launched a family of entry-level serial ATA (SATA) controllers consisting of the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA HostRAID devices that support Intel Corp.'s latest PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
3Dlabs plans spinout, samples first media processor Product News 11/28/2006 Post a comment Graphics chips specialist 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., is planning a spinout from its owner, Creative Labs, and has started sampling selected designers with its first media processor, the result of a project announced earlier this year when the company exited the workstation graphics chip business to focus on digital media silicon.
Regulator ICs set automotive options Product News 11/27/2006 Post a comment Maxim's MAX6765-MAX6774 family of linear regulators, with a wide variety of options, delivers up to 100 mA for automotive applications. These devices draw just 31 microamps and thus are particularly suited to always-on modules.
Emerging technology sees through clothing Product News 11/27/2006 Post a comment Millimeter-wave technology researchers at Northrop-Grumman Space Technology are developing a technology said to enable small cameras to look through clothing and other inert materials to detect weapons or other contraband. This technology, known as passive millimeter-wave technology, can also see through heavy clouds in order to perform aerial surveillance on bad weather days, according to proponents.
Analyst sees troubling signs, flat IC growth News & Analysis 11/26/2006 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. — Looking into his crystal ball, Mark Edelstone, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, sees some troubling signs amid a flat semiconductor forecast for 2007.
The overall semiconductor market is projected to grow by 9 percent in 2006 and 10 percent in 2007, Edelstone said. The market ''is a mixed bag,'' he said in a recent interview.
Wolfson's Milne plans an 'active retirement' News & Analysis 11/24/2006 Post a comment David Milne, who has announced he will retire from all executive duties from Wolfson Microelectronics , the company he co-founded in 1984, has no intention of leaving the business world entirely, nor even the semiconductors business, he told EE Times Europe . But he said Wolfson needed someone younger at the helm to take the company to the next stage of its development, which he stressed does not mean a diffe
Frontier starts sampling tiny DAB module Product News 11/23/2006 Post a comment Frontier Silicon has started sampling a DAB digital radio module that measures only 27 x 16 x 2.6 mm, which, the company says enables it to be fixed directly to the DAB radio system board and avoids the need for connectors.
Milne steps down at Wolfson Microelectronics News & Analysis 11/23/2006 Post a comment David Milne is to step down as chief executive of Wolfson Microelectronics plc, , the mixed-signal fabless chip supplier he founded 22 years ago. He will be replaced by Dave Shrigley, a former Intel executive.
Saifun, SMIC extend partnership to 8Gb flash News & Analysis 11/22/2006 Post a comment Non volatile memory technology specialist Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. has teamed with Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) to develop and make 8Gb Data flash that the partners anticipate will be available by 2008.
Imagination licenses mobile TV IP to Mavrix News & Analysis 11/22/2006 Post a comment Imagination Technologies Group plc has licensed its mobile TV IP platform to Mavrix Technology, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing a complete system-on-chip (SOC) solution for the mobile TV market.
Cray, IBM picked for U.S. petaflop computer effort News & Analysis 11/22/2006 Post a comment Cray Inc. and IBM Corp. will split nearly half a billion dollars as part of a government contract announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 21) to fund development of petaflop-class supercomputers before the end of 2010.
4:1 multiplexer has highest bandwidth Product News 11/22/2006 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor says its FHP3194 is the industry's first 1.2 GHz 4:1 analog multiplexer. Boasting an 800 MHz small-signal and 500 MHz large-signal (-3 dB) bandwidth, the FHP3194 touts 25 percent higher bandwidth than competing devices.
Analyst: PortalPlayer nabs Apple iPhone design win News & Analysis 11/21/2006 Post a comment PortalPlayer, the media processor company that famously lost a key socket in the next-generation iPod nano earlier this year, has secured an applications processor design win in the forthcoming iPhone from Apple Computer, according to a Wall Street research analyst.
KLA-Tencor set to expand in Israel News & Analysis 11/21/2006 Post a comment KLA-Tencor is expected to recruit around 20 engineers and technical staff, mainly in order to expand its support for Intel's Fab 28, which the chip maker is building in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
Nova Measuring cuts 8% of workforce News & Analysis 11/21/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor metrology specialist Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., is reducing its workforce by 8 percent, with research and development groups and production staff set to be the worst affected. It is taking a $300 000 charge in its fourth quarter because of the cutbacks.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.