Energy Micro raises $13 million in funding News & Analysis 3/18/2010 Post a comment Energy Micro A/S (Oslo, Norway), the startup that has brought the Gecko family of 32-bit ARM-based microcontrollers to market, announced it has raised $13 million in an initial financing round led by Northzone Ventures and Investinor.
Analog vendors battle phantom forecasts News & Analysis 3/18/2010 2 comments The analog semiconductor market is in a fragile state with supply and demand in a state of imbalance and spot shortages showing up in certain product areas but some vendors appear to be managing through the difficult situation better than others.
Innovative Silicon moves floating-body RAM off SOI News & Analysis 3/17/2010 1 comment Innovative Silicon Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a pioneer of floating-body memory, has said it has adapted its technology for operation at less than one volt and so that it does not require a silicon-on-insulator substrate.
CSEM launches Icyflex range of controller-DSPs News & Analysis 3/17/2010 Post a comment Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (Neuchatel, Switzerland) has announced the Icyflex family of 16/32-bit RISC processor cores. The flexible architecture allows for different combinations of control and DSP functionality.
MicroUnity sues mobile giants for patent infringement News & Analysis 3/17/2010 Post a comment Former media processor startup MicroUnity Systems Engineering filed suit Tuesday alleging 22 of the world's top cellphone companies including chip, system and service providers infringe 15 of its patents, one of the broadest suits in recent memory.
Tyndall CEO touts junctionless transistor to the Valley News & Analysis 3/16/2010 Post a comment Professor Roger Whatmore, CEO of Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, has joined the trade and investment mission to Silicon Valley led by Ireland's Prime Minister, Brian Cowen. Prof. Whatmore is presenting information on Tyndall's breakthrough junctionless transistor.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO News & Analysis 3/15/2010 Post a comment MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
Chip profitability jumps to decade high News & Analysis 3/15/2010 Post a comment Operating profitability at semiconductor companies shot up to a 10-year high in the fourth quarter of 2009 lifted by tighter cost management, production outsourcing and a push towards product specialization at the biggest IC vendors.
Tabula tips comms-oriented FPGA products Product News 3/15/2010 Post a comment A couple of weeks after fabless chip startup Tabula Inc. tipped its time-sharing FPGA architecture the company has launched its ABAX family of chips. The company said the chips will sample in third quarter and go into mass production in Q4 2010.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs Product News 3/13/2010 Post a comment The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Are 18 and 20 bits now the new 16 bits? Product News 3/13/2010 3 comments Recently introduced 20-bit DACs are truly impressive, and revisit the eternal question: how do you measure this level of performance? . . . . . Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
End of conflict at ST-Ericsson Caen News & Analysis 3/12/2010 Post a comment An official statement from France's Ministry of Industry announced the end of balance-of-power between ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics NV, and 114 employees at its site in Caen, in the French region of Normandy. An agreement was signed on March 11.
Email: Is there still room for startups in WSN? News & Analysis 3/12/2010 2 comments A postgraduate student from Newscastle in the northeast of England writes asking if there is room left for startups to make an impact in wireless sensor networks. If so, he asks that the industry to save a space for him while he finishes his PhD.
ADI's Fishman pitches analog investors News & Analysis 3/11/2010 Post a comment While skeptics argue that Jerald Fishman, Analog Devices Inc. president and CEO, faces big challenges in talking up his company's value to investors in a tough market, Fishman remains undaunted.
Analyst: High-priced hardware will kill Google Chrome News & Analysis 3/11/2010 12 comments Mobile systems using Google's Chrome software will be more expensive than competing mini-notebooks using Intel processors and Microsoft Windows--one reason why Chrome will not be successful in an expanding mobile systems market that will see multiple winners, according to an International Data Corp. analyst.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4 Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Energy Micro launches starter kit for energy friendly MCUs News & Analysis 3/9/2010 1 comment A low cost starter kit for Energy Micro's EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family is now available. Priced at $69, the kit provides all the basic functionality a system developer needs to build energy efficient applications based on the 32-bit ARMCortex-M3-based EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers. The company claims the EFM32 Gecko MCUs consume less than a quarter of the energy of other 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs.
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer News & Analysis 3/9/2010 2 comments Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
Small-sized PA reduces component cost Product News 3/9/2010 Post a comment Targeted at Bluetooth, 802.15.4/ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz applications, California Eastern Laboratories is now shipping its new µPG2251T6M GaAs power amplifier (PA), which eliminates the need for RF component matching.
Analysts cite five opportunities in mobile data News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment Systems and semiconductor companies have a handful of opportunities for growth in mobile data networks despite the fact most carriers will keep a lid on capital equipment spending over the next two years, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
Beamforming Wi-Fi startup raises $15 million News & Analysis 3/4/2010 Post a comment Quantenna Communications Inc., a developer of silicon for wireless networking that delivers guaranteed bandwidth, has raised $15 million in a Series D round of financing from its current investors Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross, Swisscom, and Venrock Associates.
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.