Fab tool spending projected to decline in 2012 News & Analysis 12/6/2011 2 comments Worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are set to grow 4.7 percent in 2011, but forecast to decrease by roughly 10.8 percent next year before returning to growth in 2013, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
MEMS transistor integrated on CMOS News & Analysis 12/6/2011 4 comments A MEMS transistor was announced by Semiconductor Research Corp. and Cornell University, giving SRC members access to on-chip timing solutions for their CMOS chips.
October global chip sales fell back, says WSTS News & Analysis 12/4/2011 4 comments Global chip sales in October were $23.41 billion down 20.5 percent from the preceding month and down 4.1 percent on the $24.40 billion recorded for October 2010, according to figures published by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Avago beats expectations, but see sales decline News & Analysis 12/3/2011 2 comments Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies reported sales for its fiscal first quarter that beat analysts' expectations, but said it expects sales for the current quarter to decline by at least 10 percent.
China's Vimicro to spin off handset IC business News & Analysis 12/1/2011 Post a comment Chinese fabless chip vendor Vimicro International said it would spin off its mobile-phone multimedia processor business into a joint venture as part of an ongoing effort to reduce expenses and focus on the PC notebook multimedia processor and Internet Protocol-based surveillance businesses.
Report: Chinese foundries to merge News & Analysis 12/1/2011 4 comments Shanghai Hua Hong NEC and Grace Semiconductor, China's second and third largest semiconductor foundries, have agreed to a merger that is currently awaiting regulatory approval, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
U.S. chip firms beat rivals in 2011, says IHS News & Analysis 12/1/2011 7 comments Chip companies from the Americas region, which in terms of the semiconductor industry is dominated by the United States, are set to achieve a successful 2011 with aggregated growth of 8.5 percent while all other global regions declined, according to market analysis firm IHS.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.