Report: Toshiba to close fab next month News & Analysis 11/18/2010 3 comments Toshiba will close one of its oldest fabs next month and outsource some of its chip production to boost profitability, according to a Bloomberg report which quotes the president of company's semiconductor division.
Startup touts benefits of chaotic logic News & Analysis 11/17/2010 35 comments The chaos that results from non-linear mathematics could have a part to play in semiconductor logic, according to researchers drawn from universities in the United States and India, and a startup company called ChaoLogix.
Cell phone chip markets and ranking News & Analysis 11/16/2010 3 comments The silicon chips and other components that go into cell phones are set to make up an almost $50 billion market in 2010 and it is expected to reach a size of $71 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Forward Concepts.
Startups complete Brazilian MCU design News & Analysis 11/16/2010 1 comment Chipus Microelectronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuits, has said it has integrated a set of analog circuits with the ZR16, a proprietary Brazilian microcontroller.
Infineon sales, profits jump in Q4 News & Analysis 11/16/2010 Post a comment Infineon's financial results for the fourth quarter of the 2010 financial year came in ahead of expectations and produced jumps in revenue and profit for both the quarter and the year.
Teardown: Kinect has processor after all News & Analysis 11/16/2010 11 comments Despite Microsoft's claims to the contrary, its new Kinect motion-gaming ad-on for the Xbox 360 uses a standalone applications processor marketed by Marvell Technology Group, according to a teardown analysis of the Kinect performed by UBM TechInsights.
University of New Mexico sues Intel News & Analysis 11/15/2010 34 comments The University of New Mexico's technology-licensing arm filed a complaint in U.S. federal court alleging that Intel is infringing on a university-held patent covering double patterning lithography technology.
Cypress launches design contest News & Analysis 11/15/2010 2 comments Cypress Semiconductor is holding a design contest to highlight the most innovative and useful designs that make use of the Cypress PSoC 5 architecture powered by the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
Inphi IPO raises $81.6 million News & Analysis 11/15/2010 Post a comment Inphi Corp. priced its initial public offering of 6,800,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $12.00 per share last week. The company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,020,000 shares to cover over-allotments.
TSMC launches IC engineering award News & Analysis 11/15/2010 3 comments The European division of foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is launching an annual award to encourage European students to demonstrate their skills in mixed-signal of RF design.
VC investment slides in October, says GSA News & Analysis 11/12/2010 3 comments Six semiconductor companies raised $80.4 million, a dollar amount decrease of 11.2 percent from September 2010 and an increase of 16.2 percent from October 2009, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). The number of deals decreased by two both sequentially and compared with October 2009.
Omron crafts MEMS for mobile News & Analysis 11/12/2010 3 comments Omron is expanding from its traditional medical and industrial markets for MEMS chips into mobile consumer devices and green energy.
Amlogic offers Cortex-A9 chip with HDTV News & Analysis 11/12/2010 4 comments Fabless chip company Amlogic Inc. has announced that its AML8726-M chip combines 1080p high-definition video decoding together with an ARM Cortex-A9 and Mali-400 graphics.
ARM, Cisco, others back MCU startup News & Analysis 11/12/2010 11 comments Ambiq Micro Inc., a 2010 microcontroller startup, has announced it has received a $2.4 million in venture capital funding from backers that include ARM Holdings plc and Cisco Inc.
TSMC's October sales growth is below par News & Analysis 11/12/2010 1 comment Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. showed 2.1 percent sequential sales growth in October but came up short compared with its long-term average sequential growth for the month.
Intel aims for 'smart' embedded SoC News & Analysis 11/12/2010 10 comments Intel is aiming to exploit "smart sensing opportunities in embedded markets" according to Vida Ilderem, vice president of Intel Labs, who gave the closing keynote at the MEMS Executive Congress.
Samsung's DRAM share topped 40% in Q3 News & Analysis 11/11/2010 1 comment Samsung was the only top five DRAM supplier to achieve sequential revenue growth in the third quarter as the market was plagued by slowing demand and declining average selling prices, according to iSuppli.
Kinect's BOM roughly $56, teardown finds News & Analysis 11/11/2010 26 comments Microsoft's Kinect motion-gaming add on for its Xbox 360 gaming platform carries a bill-of-materials of roughly $56, according to a teardown analysis performed by UBM TechInsights.
Any-frequency clock generator debuts News & Analysis 11/10/2010 1 comment Analog/mixed-signal chip maker Silicon Laboratories introduced a clock generator that synthesizes any eight frequencies without the need for separate phased-locked loops.
Micron samples 512-Mbit automotive NOR flash News & Analysis 11/9/2010 Post a comment Micron Technology Inc. has announced the sampling of a 512-Mbit NOR flash memory for automotive applications. The device is being manufactured in a 65-nm process technology. It has a parallel interface. Micron said it plans to begin mass production in 2011.
Foundries, memory firms shine in IC ranking News & Analysis 11/9/2010 3 comments All of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers have for one are expected to register strong double digit growth rates in 2010, according to a preliminary ranking of the top 20 chip suppliers.
Silicon 60 successes: CMOS, software and a sales proposition News & Analysis 11/9/2010 3 comments An analysis of the more than 250 startups to make the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list over the past six years reveals that the keys to success have been a clear sales proposition and that the industry's fundamentals still boil down to CMOS and software.
Electronica: CEO panel basks in upbeat mood News & Analysis 11/9/2010 Post a comment In the traditional CEO panel on the opening day of the Electronica exhibition, the participants were unanimous that the semiconductor industry handled the economic crisis of 2008-2009 well, and that the industry is now set fair for return to "normal" growth.
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.