ST beefs up SPEAr MPU line Product News 2/25/2010 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has added four new devices to its SPEAr microprocessor family, targeting embedded-control applications across market segments from computer peripherals and communication to industrial automation.
Opinion: Microchip must raise SST offer again News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment Microchip Technology Inc. will have to significantly raise its offer for Silicon Storage Technology Inc., perhaps up to $4.00 per share from the current price of $3.00 if it wants to gain control of the company and end a brewing bidding war with a private equity firm.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012 News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
TSMC, Dialog team on process for power management ICs News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Power management chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim-unter-Teck, Germany) has announced it is working with foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on a bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) manufacturing process technology tailored to power management ICs for portable devices.
Tiny RF switch delivers +67 dBm IIP3 Product News 2/22/2010 Post a comment Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced an SP4T RF switch that is designed using the company's green UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire process technology, yielding broadband RF performance to 3-GHz.
ARM launches M4 signal-control MCU core News & Analysis 2/22/2010 2 comments ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has announced the launch of the Cortex-M4 microcontroller core for use in digital signal control and that the core has been licensed by five companies including NXP, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments.
Analysts: Five observations on mobile from MWC News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment Apple and software are in the driver's seat in the mobile market but platform fragmentation may be ahead, according to analysts from Barclay's Capital who shared their observations from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - SYSGO ELinOS supports TI's OMAP35x evaluation module News & Analysis 2/19/2010 Post a comment SYSGO has launched ELinOS 5.0, a Linux operating system that supports the Texas Instruments OMAP35x Evaluation Module. The new SYSGO support package combines high performance and minimal power levels with industrial grade Linux in a single chip. The package enables rapid development of reliable long-lived applications.
TSMC/Mapper: Multiple e-beam tech to become litho standard News & Analysis 2/19/2010 3 comments After months of collaboration, foundry chip supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Mapper Lithography BV (Delft, Netherlands) claimed that Mapper's tool located on TSMC's Fab 12 GigaFab is printing features so far unachievable with current immersion lithography technology.
Intel lab explores nanoscale power storage News & Analysis 2/18/2010 1 comment Intel researchers are exploring nanoscale materials that could be used to create ultracapacitors with a greater energy density than today's lithium ion batteries as part of work in a new lab dedicated to work on microgrids.
PLX fires up 8 GHz PCI Express chip News & Analysis 2/17/2010 Post a comment PLX Technology, Inc. announced it has working PCI Express Gen 3 silicon that it will demo to key customers before the end of March and aims to sample a range of PCIe Gen 3 switches made in 40nm process technology before the end of the year, starting with server and storage switches sampling before July.
Analyst boosts forecast for PC processor sales Product News 2/17/2010 Post a comment Growth in unit sales of PC processors and PC servers will be stronger than expected this year, according to a report by Wall Street Analyst firm Barclays Capital, however, the firm forecasts declines in the average selling prices of the chips for the next two years.
U.S.: Fake parts threaten electronic market News & Analysis 2/17/2010 8 comments Electronic parts counterfeiters are taking advantage of numerous loopholes within the industry supply chain to infiltrate the system and pose a significant threat to the entire market, according to a U.S. government finding.
ZeroG chief executive joins GainSpan News & Analysis 2/17/2010 Post a comment Greg Winner has been named chief executive of embedded Wi-Fi chip startup GainSpan Corp., fresh from closing a deal in January to sell its competitor startup ZeroG to Microchip Technology Inc.
Imagination unfazed by Samsung's Mali move News & Analysis 2/16/2010 Post a comment Graphics core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) has stated that it expects to have continued success with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., despite the latter's uptake of graphics from archrival ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Qimonda R&D equipment up for auction News & Analysis 2/16/2010 Post a comment Approximately 650 lots of automatic test equipment, assembly and packaging and test and measurement instruments formerly used by Qimonda at a site in Munich, Germany, for DRAM R&D are due to go under the hammer on Wednesday Feb. 24.
Six things that surprised us at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/16/2010 1 comment The pervasive focus on power management, the lack of papers on nanotechnology and software and the slow recovery of attendance were among the surprises for EE Times editors at the 2001 ISSCC last week.
TI samples OMAP 4, but only to big players News & Analysis 2/15/2010 Post a comment Texas Instruments is sampling its OMAP 4 application processor implemented on a 45-nm manufacturing process technology, the company said at the Mobile World Congress. But added the caveat that OMAP 4 is only intended for high-volume OEMs and ODMs and the part will not be sold through distributors.
Samsung bets on ARM's Mali for graphics News & Analysis 2/15/2010 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it is adopting the Mali graphics processor architecture from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for its future graphics-enabled system-on-chip (SoC) ICs as well as for its ASIC and foundry business.
GlobalFoundries, ARM tip 28-nm process for mobile News & Analysis 2/15/2010 Post a comment GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced some details of 28-nm manufacturing process technologies for wireless products. They also claim to have a mobile SoC "platform" based on the Cortex-A9 processor core.
ESC: Multicore ecosystem still evolving News & Analysis 2/12/2010 Post a comment Still grappling with the challenges associated with moving to multicore architectures, software developers continue to struggle with basic questions, including not only how best to move to multicore but also whether or not it makes sense to do so for a given application.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times