Report: Broadcom acquires Israeli firm
News & Analysis 11/30/2010 1 comment
Broadcom last week acquired Israeli image processing vendor Sightic Vista for between $10 million and $20 million, according to the online, English-language version of Israeli business daily Globes.
VLSI cuts estimates for chip, tool markets
News & Analysis 11/30/2010 Post a comment
This year has been a "two for one deal," with both semiconductors and chip manufacturing equipment cramming two years of growth into one year, resulting in overcapacity and declining chip prices, according to market research firm VLSI Research.
AMS, NXP team up for RFID authentification
Product News 11/30/2010 6 comments
Analog chip company Austriamicrosystems AG and Dutch company NXP Semiconductors NV have announced that they have developed a reference design for product authentication in embedded consumer applications.
austriamicrosystems AS1310 DC-DC converter
Product News 11/29/2010 2 comments
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS1310, an ultra low quiescent current hysteretic step-up DC-DC converter optimized for light loads (60mA) and the highest efficiency – up to 92 %.
NIST aims quartz microbalance at nanotech
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 4 comments
Using a new twist on the traditional thermogravimetric analysis technique, the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a new method for taking Nanoscale measurements of the purity of carbon-nanotubes, coated-nanoparticles and surface features on thin films.
CTO confirms IBM's PCM expectations
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 17 comments
Jai Menon, an IBM Fellow and chief technology officer with IBM's systems and technology group, has confirmed that IBM believes that phase-change memory (PCM), a non-volatile technology, could scale beyond where flash memory can go and could be of use in server computers in three to five years.
Rockchip, SMIC make 65-nm consumer SoC
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 6 comments
Fabless chip company Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd. has started commercial production of a mixed-signal ARM9-based consumer processor using a 65-nm CMOS process from Chinese foundry SMIC.
Ontario microwave startup raises $8 million
News & Analysis 11/25/2010 11 comments
Peraso Technologies Inc., a fabless chip company working on millimeter-wave radio transceiver technology, has raised C$8 million (about $7.9 million) in an equity financing round led by Celtic House Venture Partners.
Sitara ARM processor supports Profibus
Product News 11/25/2010 12 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the availability of its AM1810 Sitara ARM processor, which integrates an ARM9 processor core with a Profibus interface. Profibus is a popular fieldbus used for communications between factory automation equipment.
NXP's Mifare to add NFC support to SIMs
News & Analysis 11/25/2010 10 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has struck a licensing deal so that its 13.56-MHz Mifare contactless smart card technology to be integrated into the Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) smart card format of Gemalto NV used in mobile terminals in GSM and UMTS (European 3G) mobile communications networks.
CMOS optical pulse compressor debuts
News & Analysis 11/24/2010 8 comments
Silicon photonic pulse compressors to be used for optical time division multiplexing in future on-chip silicon photonics were demonstrated on CMOS chips by researchers at the University of California at San Diego.
Infineon signs Chinese IGBT deal
News & Analysis 11/24/2010 5 comments
Infineon Technologies AG has signed a license agreement with Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of wind power equipments allowing the company to make core components for wind turbines.
Is IBM moving to fab-lite, research heavy?
News & Analysis 11/24/2010 16 comments
IBM appears set to gradually back away from semiconductor manufacturing and to rely for its leading-edge silicon on Samsung and GlobalFoundries as foundry suppliers. Both Samsung and GlobalFoundries are set to have wafer fabs for foundry operations in the United States, which could help cement relations.
Car Wi-Fi shipments projected to soar
News & Analysis 11/23/2010 7 comments
Shipments of built-in car Wi-Fi systems are set to soar by more than 40 fold by 2017, as automakers increasingly view wireless connectivity as a key competitive differentiator, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Analog Devices claims MEMS patent win
News & Analysis 11/23/2010 6 comments
Analog Devices Inc. has said that U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled patents belonging to Knowles Electronics LLC invalid. As a result Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers Jr. has quashed attempts to stop ADI from importing or selling its microphones in the United States.
LTX-Credence misses estimates
News & Analysis 11/23/2010 Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor LTX-Credence—set to merge with Verigy—reported sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31 that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations.
Adesto adds Nelson Chan to board
News & Analysis 11/23/2010 Post a comment
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup developing Conductive Bridge RAM (CBRAM) technology has announced that Nelson C. Chan has been appointed to its board of directors, effective October 12, 2010.
Wolfson selected by Movidius for mobile 3D
News & Analysis 11/22/2010 Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has been selected by mobile multimedia processing specialist Movidius to deliver audio performance and power management to its Myriad 3D platform reference and development boards.
Broadcom buys Gigle for $75 million
News & Analysis 11/22/2010 7 comments
Broadcom Corp. has announced that it has agreed to pay $75 million in cash to acquire Gigle Networks Inc., a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines.
3-D digital video cameras on the horizon?
News & Analysis 11/22/2010 14 comments
Anticipating an emerging 3-D trend on the digital video camera market, Ambarella has unveiled a 3-D video pre-processor, called S3D, designed to be used with the company’s camera SoCs such as A5 or A7.
Analog Devices AD9278 and AD9279 receiver chips
Product News 11/22/2010 Post a comment
Octal ultrasound receivers integrate ADI’s data conversion technology to provide high output-referred large-signal SNR, enabling improved sensitivity in diagnostic ultrasound systems while reducing board space up to 40 percent.
Aeroflex IPO raises $232 million
News & Analysis 11/22/2010 2 comments
Aeroflex Holding Corp. priced its initial public offering of 17,250,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $13.50 per share last week. The company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,587,500 shares at a 6.25 percent discount.
Report: ARM in Google talks, could oust Intel
News & Analysis 11/19/2010 17 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc is in discussions with Google Inc. about ARM processors being used for the GoogleTV initiative, according to Dow Jones reports that quotes ARM president Tudor Brown.
ARM 64-bit CPU coming soon, says report
News & Analysis 11/19/2010 13 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc is expected to reveal its plans for processor cores that support 64-bit computing, within the next few weeks, according to an IDG news service report.
Sandia upgrades supercomputer benchmarks
News & Analysis 11/19/2010 4 comments
Sandia National Labs has teamed with Intel, IBM, AMD and others on a new graphics-oriented supercomputer benchmark that concentrates on performance when analyzing large-scale but sparse data sets.
Semi book-to-bill dips below parity
News & Analysis 11/18/2010 Post a comment
The book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers slipped below parity in October for the first time in 15 months, according to the Semi trade group.
Marvell beats estimates
News & Analysis 11/18/2010 1 comment
Marvell Technology Group reported sales for its fiscal third quarter which were at the high-end of the company's guidance and edged consensus analysts' expectations.