Low-power FPGA startup hits volume production
Product News 11/30/2009 Post a comment
Low-power FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has shipped production-volume quantities of its iCE65 mobileFPGA devices to more than 10 customers. The company claims it is the first new FPGA vendor to achieve this in 20 years.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard
News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments
The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst
News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment
Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
Soitec builds growth strategy on 4 pillars, says CEO
News & Analysis 11/25/2009 Post a comment
The end of 2009 is fast approaching, and there is no better time to assess the year's achievements and highlight priorities for the coming year, and even years. At a press conference last week in Paris, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec SA (Bernin, France), said the company has the financial resources it needs to seize market opportunities and has built its growth strategy on four pillars.
Update: Patent office rejects Rambus claims
News & Analysis 11/24/2009 2 comments
A patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all 17 claims in three Rambus patents that the company asserted against Nvidia in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Chip brings energy efficiency to netbook adapters
Product News 11/24/2009 Post a comment
A low-cost IC that increases energy efficiency and standby performance of power supplies under 75 W, the GreenChip TEA1733(L) from NXP Semiconductors is designed specifically for low-power computing and communication applications such as netbook adapters, printer adapter and LCD monitor supplies.
ISSCC preview: Intel, AMD face off at 32nm
News & Analysis 11/24/2009 Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices will face off with separate papers on their next-generation 32nm processors at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February, but IBM's Power7 and Sun Microsystems' Rainbow Falls will be among the most aggressive multicore architectures described at the event.
IC rankings: Samsung among few set to grow in '09
News & Analysis 11/24/2009 Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics is the only top 10 semiconductor supplier expected to show an increase in chip sales this year compared to 2008, according to preliminary semiconductor supplier rankings by market research firm iSuppli.
ADI tops estimates, projects flat sales
News & Analysis 11/23/2009 Post a comment
Chip maker Analog Devices reported better-than-expected sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31, with the company's chief executive crediting improvements in many economies and customer inventory replenishment, among other factors.
11 reasons why Freescale is a viable IC vendor: CEO
News & Analysis 11/23/2009 1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is getting some positive response from its bond investors in the first signs the company is making headway with its reorganization. Chairman and CEO Rich Beyer in an interview outlined 11 reasons why he believes the company will overcome its debt and sales hurdles.
Make way for DDR3 transition, says iSuppli
News & Analysis 11/20/2009 Post a comment
Double Data Rate 3 SDRAM, the state of the art in commodity memory technology, is expected to rise to dominance by the second quarter of 2010, according to new projections from market research firm iSuppli.
Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola Ventures invest in Sequans
Product News 11/19/2009 Post a comment
French WiMax chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (La Défense, France) announced that Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola Ventures, the investment arm of Motorola, led a round of financing to foster the company's Long Term Evolution (LTE) development program. Financial details remained undisclosed.
Lattice inks new distributors
News & Analysis 11/18/2009 Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announced new distribution representatives covering the Nordic market, parts of Western Europe and throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Bluetooth low energy ready to roll
Product News 11/18/2009 Post a comment
At the IMS Research's fourth Bluetooth conference, Nordic Semiconductor announced that as of last week, they started shipping samples of their single-mode Bluetooth low energy solution.