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.
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.