Terrestrial digital radio goes mobile Product News 12/31/2007 Post a comment At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, HD Radio developer iBiquity will show new features for the terrestrial digital radio format, such as an iTunes "tagging" feature that makes it easier to purchase music, while touting low-power chip support and reference designs tailored to move the HD Radio platform into portable devices.
Europe shows strong chip sales in November News & Analysis 12/31/2007 Post a comment The three-month average of chip sales for Europe for November was $3.67 billion, up 9.6 percent from the previous month and the best performing region in sales for the three months from September to November, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Semi sales up 2.3% in November, says SIA News & Analysis 12/31/2007 Post a comment November was another good month for global sales of semiconductors, with a 2.3 percent increase over the same period last year to $23.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Micromem readies MRAM cell designs News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment Micromem Technologies Inc (Toronto, Canada) together with development partner Strategic Solutions and foundry Global Communication Services (GCS) has manufactured foundry grade fully functioning MRAM cells.
NXP to buy GPS chip specialist GloNav News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is paying at least $85 million in cash for GloNav Inc. the specialist developer of chips for GPS gear and other satellite navigation systems.
Zeiss, ASML and Canon cross-license lithography IP News & Analysis 12/21/2007 Post a comment Lithography gear specialist ASML Holding NV (Veldhoven, the Netherlands) and Carl Zeiss SMT (Oberkochen, Germany) have both signed licensing deals with Canon Inc. on the use of patents in their respective fields of semiconductor lithography and optical components manufacturing.
Fast processor start-up wins funding News & Analysis 12/20/2007 Post a comment Belfast-based expression processor development start-up Titan IC Systems has been named Northern Ireland winner of the new best emerging international company category in the All-Island Seedcorn Business Competition run by InterTradeIreland.
Filtronic sells compound semis business to RFMD News & Analysis 12/20/2007 Post a comment Filtronic plc has sold its compound semiconductor division, FCSL, to RF Micro Devices Inc. for just £12.5 million (about $25 million) in cash. The deal provides for RFMD to retain the fab at Newton Aycliffe, England, which is already a supplier of GaAs pHEMT semiconductors to RFMD.
RedMere to launch 'in-connector' HDMI deskew chip at CES Product News 12/20/2007 Post a comment Fabless startup RedMere Technology Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) has said it plans to demonstrate the RM1689 IC for adaptive equalization and de-skew of high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) signals at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
Certification begins for mobile WiMAX products News & Analysis 12/20/2007 Post a comment Certified Mobile WiMAX products should start appearing on the market early next year as the WiMAX Forum said that suppliers vendors can start submitting their 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz gear for testing to the forum's lead certification lab at AT4 Wireless in Spain.
Home networking startup signals IPO News & Analysis 12/20/2007 Post a comment Israeli startup CopperGate Communications, which specializes in chips for homenetworking devices, is on its way to raise between $400 and $600 million in an upcoming IPO, according to the Israeli newspaper Globes .
Software snafu slows hybrid hard drives News & Analysis 12/20/2007 Post a comment Software snafus will blunt the rollout of hybrid hard disk drives in 2008, according to a new report released by Objective Analysis which predicts only about 13 million of the hard disks that incorporate NAND flash for caching key data will ship in 2008.
Audio chip targets high-definition wireless platforms Product News 12/19/2007 Post a comment STS Inc. releases its fourth-generation audio baseband chip for digital wireless audio platforms. The STS DARR81 chip enables simultaneous audio connections of consumer electronics devices for uninterrupted streaming of HD uncompressed wireless audio.
Workshop details promise of III-V compounds for NMOS channels News & Analysis 12/19/2007 Post a comment The high electron mobilities of some III-V compounds is making them prime candidates for future NMOS channel materials, with an indium-based gallium-arsenide (InGaAs) likely to be the material of choice, according to recent workshop organized by German company Aixtron AG and Sematech.
Tower, CMT team for flat panel X-ray detectors News & Analysis 12/19/2007 Post a comment Pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor, Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), and CMT Medical Technologies Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel), a provider of advanced X-ray imaging systems for medical diagnosis, are partnering to develop X-ray detectors for medical applications.
Automotive ICs monitor eight remote switches Product News 12/19/2007 Post a comment Maxim's MAX13037 and MAX13038 automotive contact monitors and level shifters feature an integrated voltage regulator, watchdog timer, and reset functions. They monitor eight remote switches while consuming only 28 microamps.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.