Analysis: Candidates for memory consolidation remain unclear News & Analysis 4/3/2008 Post a comment Industry executives and analysts all agree there are too many players in the memory semiconductor market and that the current pricing weakness and demand/supply imbalance would disappear once one or more major suppliers exit the sector but none of the vendors is showing any signs of quitting. All appear to be waiting to see which rival would run first out of cash.
Scientists crack Microchip car immobilizer system Product News 4/3/2008 Post a comment Scientists from the German Ruhr-Universitaet (Bochum) have cracked the Keeloq-RFID encryption system. The technology is owned by semiconductor company Microchip; Keeloq systems have a high market share in car immobilizers and remote keyless entry systems as well as in building automation.
Romania shapes up as IC design site News & Analysis 4/2/2008 Post a comment eSilicon Corp inherited through a 2004 acquisition a Romanian IC design team that is now providing substantial operational advantages as the country develops into a design site.
Declining chip inventories reveal market weakness, says iSuppli News & Analysis 4/1/2008 Post a comment Excess semiconductor inventory in the global electronics supply chain is expected to decline to $2.9 billion by the end of the first quarter 2008. While typically indicating a rise in global chip sales, an expected decline in surplus in the first quarter reveals signs of market weakness, says iSuppli.
MIPS rolls first multiprocessing core Product News 4/1/2008 1 comment MIPS Technologies is using the stage of the Multicore Expo here this week to roll out its first licensable core geared for coherent multiprocessing, the MIPS 1004K which can support up to four cores on a chip, each running two threads.
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.