MIPS chairman appointed interim CEO News & Analysis 12/31/2009 Post a comment MIPS Technologies said its board of directors has appointed the company's chairman to act as interim CEO following the scheduled retirement of longtime president and CEO John Bourgoin.
South Korea closes NAND antitrust probe News & Analysis 12/30/2009 Post a comment South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has closed a three-year investigation of NAND flash memory chip makers, saying it found no evidence that they were engaged in international price fixing, according to reports.
ITC issues final determination against Tessera News & Analysis 12/30/2009 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a final determination that Tessera Technologies failed to prove that its patents were infringed by some DRAM manufacturers and sellers, including Elpida Memory, Nanya Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor and ProMOS Technologies.
Broadcom settles stock options suit for $160M News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Fabless chip vendor Broadcom said it has agreed in principle to settle the securities class action litigation pending against the company and some of its current and former officers and directors for $160.5 million in cash.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
Taiwanese solar cell maker to buy GE Energy plant News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Motech Industries, the Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer that is 20 percent owned by chip foundry TSMC, said it signed an agreement to acquire GE Energy's Delaware solar module assembly operation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Analyst: Impact of FTC versus Intel overblown News & Analysis 12/28/2009 Post a comment The final impact of a suit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Intel is likely to be less than what many expect, according to a Wall Street analyst, who rejected the notion that the courts would force the microprocessor giant to license modern x86 instruction sets to other firms.
Taiwan set to outspend Samsung on DRAM capex, says analyst News & Analysis 12/28/2009 Post a comment Inotera Memories Inc. will triple its capital expenditure in 2010 to $1,385 billion as part of an effort by Taiwan DRAM manufacturers that will, in aggregate, eclipse the spending of market leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
DRAM capex set to rise 80% in 2010, says analyst News & Analysis 12/28/2009 Post a comment Capital expenditure by DRAM makers will increase by 80 percent year-on-year to $7.85 billion in 2010, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company. The company estimated the DRAM makers will spend $4.30 billion in 2009.
Hynix confirms 2010 capex increase News & Analysis 12/24/2009 Post a comment South Korean memory chip vendor Hynix Semiconductor has confirmed that it will increase its planned capital expenditure for 2010 to 2.3 trillion won (about $1.95 billion), according to reports, which cite a filing made by Hynix with the South Korea Stock Exchange.
Incomplete 3DTV products in CES spotlight News & Analysis 12/23/2009 1 comment The HDMI standard is getting an update to support broadcast stereo 3D content on new and existing links, one of many pieces of the puzzle still being put in place for the roll pout of 3DTV which will be a major focus at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Sun exec named Altera CFO News & Analysis 12/21/2009 Post a comment Programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. Monday (Dec. 21) appointed Ronald J. Pasek, a 19-year veteran of Sun Microsystems Inc., to the position of chief financial officer.
Intel packs graphics on Atom for netbooks News & Analysis 12/21/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp. is shipping new versions of its Atom processor that integrate graphics and a memory controller on the same die as the x86 CPU in hopes the new chips will help expand its lead in the rapidly growing market for netbooks.
Nokia, ST-Ericsson partner on TD-SCDMA News & Analysis 12/18/2009 Post a comment Nokia and ST-Ericsson have announced a long-term partnership in the area of TD-SCDMA technology and ICs. As part of the partnership, Nokia will use ST-Ericsson as a supplier of chipsets for its Symbian-based TD-SCDMA portfolio.
PC, not TV chips the focus for Intel at CES News & Analysis 12/17/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp will announce 17 new processors at the Consumer Electronics Show including two 32 nm parts with graphics in a package with an x86, however it has no design wins to announce yet for its digital TV chips.
Freescale charts a debt-free future: Will it succeed? News & Analysis 12/16/2009 2 comments Executives at Freescale Semiconductor Inc. say their plan for paying off or at least sharply reducing the company's $8 billion in long-term debt includes the possibility of an initial public offering, but they must first successfully complete its multi-year turnaround.
Is NFC there to stick? A report from CARTES News & Analysis 12/16/2009 Post a comment While smart card manufacturers where showcasing their latest visual tricks and printing capabilities on the busy alleys of CARTES & Identification in Paris, Near field communications (NFC) was definitely in the spotlight, technically there, but still far away from mass deployment.
Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports News & Analysis 12/16/2009 3 comments Recently formed Cherrypal (Palo Alto, Calif. and Hong Kong, China) has launched a netbook computer priced at $99 that, according to reports, is powered by a processor from Ingenic Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China).
Broadcom taps 40-nm process for high-def handsets News & Analysis 12/16/2009 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. is sampling its first 40 nm chip, a cellphone media processor capable of recording full 1080-progressive high definition video, the company said at its annual meeting with Wall Street analysts where it positioned itself as poised for a return to profitable growth that will outpace its markets.
Broadcom lifts Q4 guidance News & Analysis 12/15/2009 Post a comment Citing stronger than expected demand in broadband and enterprise networking markets, Broadcom raised its fourth quarter sales target by about 5 percent, saying the company now expects to report revenue of roughly $1.32 billion.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 6 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 ...