Vitesse posts fiscal year profit News & Analysis 12/31/2008 Post a comment Vitesse Semiconductor said it posted a net income of $16.6 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $228.5 million for the company's fiscal year, ended Sept. 30.
Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst News & Analysis 12/31/2008 Post a comment A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Pure Wafer set to be acquired News & Analysis 12/31/2008 Post a comment Welsh reclaimer of silicon wafers, Pure Wafer, has received a bid approach from an un-named party as it revealed a pre-tax loss of £800,000 for the year to June 30, compared to a profit of £3.6 million the year before.
Actions Semi lowers Q4 guidance News & Analysis 12/30/2008 Post a comment Chinese fabless chip vendor Actions Semiconductor cut its guidance for the fourth quarter, saying it now expects revenue of $15 million to $16 million.
Intel rolls new education PCs at CES News & Analysis 12/30/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. will make a fresh foray into low-cost PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, launching a tablet-style netbook for students as well as a personal area network technology for linking Wi-Fi devices.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns News & Analysis 12/30/2008 Post a comment Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Medical giant designs in Amimon wireless Product News 12/30/2008 8 comments Stryker Corp., a large medical electronics company, has struck an exclusive deal to use proprietary wireless technology from startup Amimon for its operating room systems, a second major design win for the company which is the midst of a battle with multiple short-range, high bandwidth wireless technologies.
DARPA chief reviews legacy News & Analysis 12/29/2008 Post a comment The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips News & Analysis 12/29/2008 1 comment Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones with basebands for Long Term Evolution and WiMax and media accelerators at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors.
Micron posts wider loss, cuts capex News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Memory supplier Micron Technology reported a net loss of $706 million, or 91 cents per share, on revenue of $1.4 billion for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2009, which closed Dec. 4.
Notebooks surpass desktops in strong quarter News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Amid strong PC sales, global notebook PC shipments exceeded desktop sales on a quarterly basis for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. forcing the market watcher to increase its 2008 PC estimates half a point.
DRAM spot prices rebounding, firm says News & Analysis 12/23/2008 Post a comment Spot prices for DRAM chips are on the rebound thanks to production cuts by several vendors, and the spot price for 1-Gbit DDR 2 667-Mhz parts may reach $1 again in the first quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange, a DRAM clearing house.
Silicon Labs : Ethernet clock IC eases frequency conversion Product News 12/23/2008 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories has expanded its Any-Rate precision clock family with the Si5315, a jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC that meets or exceeds the performance, integration, frequency and jitter requirements for the 1G and 10G Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) market.
XMOS offers free audio code for processors Product News 12/23/2008 Post a comment Multicored processor vendor XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has developed source code for a range of digital audio applications including Ethernet AVB and USB 2.0. The company plans to demonstrate hardware versions of the applications at the 2009 NAMM conference.
Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
Updated: Memory spot prices stage rally News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment Spot prices for memory parts showed some increases for the week ending Dec. 19 on news of DRAM production cutbacks and better-than-expected holiday sales of NAND flash products, according to market research firm Gartner.
Infineon counterclaims in Volterra patents dispute News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG and Primarion, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a counterclaim against Volterra Semiconductor alleging fraud on the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office, as well as for antitrust violations.
Analysis: IC market gloom won't last News & Analysis 12/19/2008 1 comment The semiconductor industry is forecast to experience a steep sales drop in 2009 but the market could witness bounce back strongly in the second half of the year as various stimulus programs, government fiscal actions and improvement in the global economy lift corporate and consumer demand for electronic equipment.
ITC to investigate Spansion complaint against Samsung, others News & Analysis 12/19/2008 Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint by flash memory specialist Spansion against certain flash memory chips made by South Korean giant Samsung Electronics and products based on those chips marketed by some of the biggest names in electronics.
Semi execs feeling gloomy about 2009 News & Analysis 12/18/2008 Post a comment Semiconductor executives anticipate a steep decline in profitability over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a recent global survey of semiconductor company executives conducted by KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm.
Micron, Sun take NAND endurance to one million cycles News & Analysis 12/17/2008 Post a comment Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Idaho) has said it has worked with Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) to develop a single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology that extends the lifespan of flash-based storage for enterprise applications and reaches a million write cycles.
Analysis: Inventory crisis looms for chipmakers News & Analysis 12/17/2008 Post a comment A huge inventory buildup in semiconductor inventory is being predicted by research firm iSuppli Corp., a development that could further put a dent on IC manufacturers' ability to quickly recover from what could be the sharpest decline in market history.
SST cuts guidance, 120 jobs News & Analysis 12/17/2008 Post a comment Citing weakening demand caused by the global economic slowdown, flash memory specialist Silicon Storage Technology cut guidance for the fourth quarter and said it would cut its workforce by about 17 percent, or roughly 120 jobs.
IBM, Toshiba, AMD build "smallest SRAM cell" Product News 12/17/2008 Post a comment Toshiba, IBM and AMD have developed what they says is the smallest functional SRAM cell that makes use of FinFETs. The trio outlined details of the cell at this week's International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...