AMD relinquishes stake in Globalfoundries News & Analysis 3/5/2012 30 comments AMD agreed to relinquish its remaining 14 percent stake in Globalfoundries and to pay Globalfoundries $425 million as part of an amended foundry supply agreement between the two firms that will enable AMD to use another foundry provider at the 28-nm node.
SIA committed to data programs, says chief News & Analysis 3/1/2012 5 comments Brian Toohey, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association trade group, said the organization remains committed to data programs and that he is hopeful that a solution can be reached to enable the WSTS to continue reporting data on microprocessor sales.
Luxtera, ST in deal to take silicon photonics mainstream News & Analysis 3/1/2012 12 comments STMicroelectronics NV has said it agreed with CMOS photonics specialist Luxtera Inc. to develop a dedicated silicon photonics process at its 300-mm research and pilot production wafer fab in Crolles, France. Production at Crolles would then enable the two companies to provide silicon photonics components and systems.
SIA pulls plug on fab capacity report News & Analysis 3/1/2012 9 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association said it would cease publication of a closely watched quarterly report on chip fab capacity utilization, one day after it came to light that Intel and AMD stopped participating in another program that pools and reports data on chip sales.
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