Intel creates $100 million automotive fund
News & Analysis 2/29/2012 7 comments
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, said it has created a $100 million investment fund to help accelerate innovation and the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive industry.
Mentor achieves first $1 billion sales year
News & Analysis 2/29/2012 2 comments
As expected, Mentor Graphics reported that its annual sales eclipsed $1 billion for the first time ever, as the company reported sales and earnings that beat analysts' expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter.
Intel, AMD pull out of WSTS
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 16 comments
Intel and AMD confirmed that they have left the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, which publishes widely cited monthly reports on global semiconductor sales.
Intel's new partnerships and processors for the mobile space
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 2 comments
Intel’s foray into the smartphone space is a “marathon, not a sprint,” according to the firm’s CEO Paul Otellini.
Speaking at a company press conference on Monday, where the firm announced new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd., ZTE and Visa, Otellini reminded attendees that Intel was no stranger to the mobile market, having been involved in RF for many years.
IBM reports progress on quantum computing
News & Analysis 2/28/2012 12 comments
The last major engineering hurdle to quantum computers—millisecond coherence times—has been surmounted by researchers at IBM Research, making commercialization of the technology possible "within our lifetimes," according to Matthias Steffen, manager of IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group.
World’s first quad core Mini-ITX board
Product News 2/27/2012 Post a comment
The EPIA-M900 and EPIA-M910 boards use the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor for enhanced multi-tasking and multimedia performance on the lowest quad core power budget for next generation embedded products.
SEMI book-to-bill improves for fourth straight month
News & Analysis 2/24/2012 2 comments
The three-month average book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers improved to 0.95 in January, the fourth consecutive month of improvement after six consecutive months of declines, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Genusion licenses B4-Flash to Rohm, Lapis
News & Analysis 2/23/2012 3 comments
Genusion Ltd., a fabless Japanese memory IP company, has announced that is has licensed its B4-flash non-volatile memory technology to Rohm Group and Rohm subsidiary Lapis Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
Mentor expands support for UVM
News & Analysis 2/23/2012 Post a comment
Mentor Graphics announced the expansion of support for Universal Verification Methodology, an industry standard methodology for IC design verification.
Magma's Madhavan won't join Synopsys
News & Analysis 2/22/2012 18 comments
As most expected, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan won't join Synopsys Inc. as a result of its recently closed acquisition of Magma, Synopsys said.
ISSCC: Voltage regulators stacked in 3-D
News & Analysis 2/22/2012 8 comments
The world's first integrated voltage regulators can be located on the bottom of a 3-D chip stack, according researchers at IBM and Columbia University, who recently demonstrated a silicon interposer containing the necessary magnetic inductors at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Dialog on a mobile roll sees strong Q1
News & Analysis 2/22/2012 2 comments
Fabless chip company Dialog Semiconductor plc has reported strong financial results for fourth quarter, as expected, and has forecast a strong first quarter of 2012.
All-In-one MP3 audio system-on-a-chip for audio processing applications
Product News 2/22/2012 Post a comment
Included are controllers for Hi-speed USB host/slave, SD card, parallel NAND flash, SPI, Ethernet, S/PDIF, I2S master/slave and UART. VS1005 also contains 24-bit ADC's and DAC's, headphone and microphone amplifiers, linear regulators, a real-time clock, and an FM tuner with RDS.
Samsung positions its fab to take on TSMC
News & Analysis 2/22/2012 6 comments
Samsung touted its new 32-nm high-k metal gate process at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, showing features it hopes might win customers over from a supply-constrained TSMC.