STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor Product News 3/31/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output for data-integrity protection in hard-disk drives, vibration monitoring and compensation, remote control, as well as motion user interfaces in mobile and gaming devices or portable media players.
Video: Cisco shows server at Xeon launch News & Analysis 3/31/2009 Post a comment Big data centers are preparing for a shift to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet and some are interested in GPU processing once standards emerge, said a panel of data center managers who are testing Intel's just announced Xeon 5500 processors.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini News & Analysis 3/30/2009 3 comments Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
Intel rolls 45-nm server CPUs News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp. formally rolls out server versions of its 45-nm Nehalem processors, the Xeon 5500 chips that integrate memory controllers and a high-speed interconnect, taking a page from archrival Advanced Micro Devices which pioneered the approach in x86 chips.
QLogic converges nets in ASIC News & Analysis 3/30/2009 Post a comment The move to merged data center networks takes a step forward as QLogic Corp. formally announces new chips and cards designed for the Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard with rivals Emulex and Intel Corp. expected to announce competing products soon.
PC slide slows as Intel eyes embedded News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment It's not a recovery, but the PC market's slide seems to be slowing according to one financial analyst firm while Intel is positioning itself for growth in embedded markets beyond the PC, said an analyst at the firm.
Action urged to help Europe's semis sector News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment European governments and public authorities need to take coordinated, strong and urgent action to ensure the continent can remain competitive in the semiconductor and nanotechnologies sectors, Dirk Beernaert of the European Commission's Nanoelectronics division warned Friday (March 27).
New analog IC markets seen after 2008 decline News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Growth drivers for analog ICs will migrate from mobile phones, multimedia players and general trends in portability and wireless to a new lineage of applications on the horizon in areas such as energy, transportation, health and safety, according to market research firm Databeans. The firm reported that the analog IC market declined 2 percent in 2008 and is in for another tough year in 2009.
TI analog boss says unit will drive company growth News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. is bolstering its position in the analog semiconductor market by relying on its extensive product portfolio and worldwide sales force to drive growth in a depressed demand environment, according to company senior vice president Gregg Lowe.
Analysis: Is TI ready for a major analog IC acquisition? News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. wants to sharply increase its analog IC market share, but achieving that goal would require the company to again gamble on a significant acquisition similar to a strategic move it made nine years ago that helped cement its leading position in the segment.
Credit rating agency lowers outlook for TI News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Fitch Ratings lowered its rating outlook for Texas Instruments to "negative" from "stable," saying it expects TI's revenue and operating performance for 2009 to deteriorate due to broad-based macroeconomic weakness through at least the rest of the year.
Lenders sue Freescale over debt swaps News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Senior lenders who provided $150 million to Freescale Semiconductor have filed suit against the chip maker over its attempt to exchange about $4 billion in notes for up to $1 billion in a new term loan.
Powerchip sees DRAM shortages on the horizon News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment The aggressive capacity cuts in DRAMs over the past few months are likely to lead to significant shortage for the parts by the end of the year, Frank Huang, World Semiconductor Council chairman as well as chairman of Taiwanese chip maker Powerchip has warned.
Calls for major restucturing at NXP News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Several holders of bonds in NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) have started pushing for a more comprehensive restructuring at the chip maker following a partially successful debt swap earlier this week, according to a report from < i> Reuters .
Wafer reclaimer forced to suspend shares News & Analysis 3/25/2009 Post a comment Struggling silicon recycling venture Pure Wafer (Swansea, Wales) has warned that discussions with a potential buyer for the business have ended without success, and as a consequence, its shares have been suspended on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) section.
Companies partner for high temperature modules News & Analysis 3/25/2009 Post a comment Modules specialist C-MAC MicroTechnology (Old Amersham, England) has teamed with Belgian group Cissoid which focuses on high temperature electronics device for the development of high reliability components, modules and sub systems for high temperature applications operating up to 225°C.
X-Fab sees major falls in sales, profits in '08 News & Analysis 3/25/2009 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal foundry group X-Fab (Erfurt, Germany) said the outlook this year for its services is "clouded by a high degree of uncertainty" as it reported sales growth during the first half of 2008, followed by a significant decrease during the second half.
Pulse~Link lays off 40+, seeks investors News & Analysis 3/24/2009 Post a comment Add ultrawideband pioneer Pulse~Link to the list of UWB companies struggling for survival in the current downturn since the company lost its lead investor late last year, laid off most of its employees and is seeking new financing partners.
QuickLogic to roll new CSSPs Product News 3/24/2009 Post a comment QuickLogic plans to introduce new members of the company's customer specific standard products and new proven system blocks next week at the Globalpress Electronics Summit 2009 in San Francisco, the company said.
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.