Mentor to proceed with bond offering News & Analysis 3/31/2011 Post a comment Despite protests from billionaire financier Carl Icahn and others, EDA vendor Mentor Graphics it would move ahead with a plan to offer up $253 million in convertible bonds through private placement.
SMIC details profitable 2010 News & Analysis 3/31/2011 Post a comment Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. made a net income of $14.0 million on sales revenue of $1,554.8 million in the 2010 calendar year. The company announced that sales were up 45.3 percent from $1,070.4 million in 2009 and the company turned round to a net profit from a loss of $962.5 million in 2009.
Reports: Google could "standardize" Android on ARM News & Analysis 3/31/2011 8 comments Google Inc. may be entering talks with ARM Holdings plc about a standardization of Android operating system for an ARM-based chipset, according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed sources at notebook computer makers.
Renesas sells U.S. fab to Telefunken News & Analysis 3/30/2011 4 comments Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. will sell its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Roseville, Calif. to Germany’s Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC for approximately $53 million.
Why did Anadigics' Rivas leave us? News & Analysis 3/30/2011 3 comments Mario Rivas acknowledged that his sudden resignation from Anadigics was a result of discussions with the company’s board, which he characterized as “very conservative.”
Icahn turns up heat on Mentor's board News & Analysis 3/30/2011 5 comments Billionaire financier Carl Icahn lashed out at Mentor Graphics' board of directors for rejecting his $1.9 billion takeover bid and announcing plans to raise up to $253 million through private placement of convertible bonds.
Samsung, Sumitomo form sapphire substrate JV News & Analysis 3/30/2011 Post a comment Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. and South Korea's Samsung LED Co. Ltd. have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea for research and development, manufacture, and sales of sapphire substrates for LEDs.
Korean wafer maker plans $450M IPO, say reports News & Analysis 3/30/2011 1 comment LG Siltron Inc. South Korea's sole silicon wafer maker, has hired two financial institutions to manage a proposed $450 million initial public offering, according to Reuters, which referenced a report from the International Financial Review.
TI expects chips from Miho fab in September News & Analysis 3/30/2011 4 comments Texas Instruments Inc. has said its wafer fab in Miho, Japan, is on schedule for a return to full production by mid-July — meaning chips shipments in September — while its fab in Aizu is on track for full production by mid-April or earlier.
World's smallest MEMS mic debuts News & Analysis 3/30/2011 10 comments Akustica, acquired by Bosch in 2009, announced what it claims is the world's smallest digital microphone, its AKU230 which consumes only 700 square microns.
Five predictions following Japan quake News & Analysis 3/29/2011 8 comments Bill McClean, president of IC Insights Inc., provides his analysis of the situation in Japan and its effect on worldwide GDP, electronic system sales, and the worldwide semiconductor market.
Elliptic CEO steps down News & Analysis 3/29/2011 1 comment Elliptic Technologies Inc., a provider of security semiconductor IP and software, has announced the appointment of Vijay Dube as the company’s president and chief executive.
Synopsys preps 'surge' verification via cloud News & Analysis 3/29/2011 1 comment Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus said the company would leverage the power of cloud computing to offer verification services on a massive scale by putting hundreds or even thousands of computers to work at one time on verifying customer designs using its VCS Verilog compiled code simulator.
EDA growth hit double-digits again in Q4 News & Analysis 3/29/2011 Post a comment EDA revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 totaled nearly $1.51 billion, up 15 percent compared with the third quarter and up 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium.
NXP announces secondary share offer News & Analysis 3/29/2011 2 comments NXP Semiconductors N.V., the European chipmaker spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV by a private equity buy out in 2006, has announced that certain of its shareholders intend to offer in a secondary offering, subject to market and other conditions, approximately 25 million shares of its common stock.
Fujitsu restarts two front-end chip fabs News & Analysis 3/29/2011 3 comments Operations partially resumed at two Fujitsu Group front-end semiconductor fabs in Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima prefecture, that had been idled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Japan March 11.
Renesas mulls foundry for auto MCUs, say reports News & Analysis 3/29/2011 3 comments Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's leading maker of microcontrollers that was hit hard by the Japan earthquake of March 11, is in talks on outsourcing the production of automotive microcontrollers to Globalfoundries Inc., according to reports.
Teardowns find Fujitsu FCRAM in Nintendo 3DS News & Analysis 3/29/2011 4 comments Teardowns conducted by UBM TechInsights and IHS iSuppli found Fujitu's fast-cycle RAM. It's the first time the part has been found in a UBM TechInsights teardown and, according to IHS a potential problem as a proprietary technology.
Anadigics CEO resigns News & Analysis 3/28/2011 4 comments Anadigics Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Mario Rivas, and its senior vice president, Greg White.
Update: Advantest to buy Verigy for $1.1B News & Analysis 3/28/2011 1 comment As expected, Advantest Corp. and Verigy Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Advantest will acquire all outstanding Verigy ordinary shares for $15.00 per share in cash. The total acquisition price will be approximately $1.1 billion.
Motion sensing for smart consumer devices News & Analysis 3/27/2011 1 comment STMicroelectronics has released the first details of its iNEMO Engine, which features advanced filtering and predictive software engine to integrate the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer.
Cloud-based collaboration for M2M applications News & Analysis 3/27/2011 Post a comment Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless have announced a new collaboration to co-market the Sierra Wireless' AirVantage; a cloud-based platform for developing, deploying and operating the next generation of connected devices and M2M applications.
ST launches market's smallest 3-axis analog gyroscope Product News 3/26/2011 3 comments The L3G462A from STMicroelectronics (ST) is a motion-sensor with what the company claims is the market’s smallest 3-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside an ultra-small 4mm x 4mm x 1mm package, ST’s newest gyroscope combines superior performance and reliability with smart power management and design flexibility. The new sensor is designed for high-precision gesture control and intuitive user interfaces, and is targeted for mobile phones, tablets, game controllers and other consumer devices
Micron's CEO unsure of quake's net effect News & Analysis 3/25/2011 7 comments Steve Appleton, chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, said it is too early to tell whether Micron would gain or lose sales as the result of damaged chip production facilities and infrastructure problems following the earthquake in Japan.
McAfee buys database firm News & Analysis 3/25/2011 5 comments McAfee Inc. plans to acquire privately-owned Sentrigo, a provider of database security and compliance, assessment, monitoring and intrusion prevention solutions.
Report: Intel's faulty chip slows PC production News & Analysis 3/25/2011 7 comments The design error found by Intel in its Cougar Point support chip for the Sandy Bridge processor has started to impact the PC supply chain, according to a Taiwan Economic News report that referenced un-named sources at foundries and packaging houses.
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