Freescale posts gain on debt reduction; sales fall News & Analysis 4/22/2009 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. said it benefitted from a $2.3 billion gain from debt reduction activities in the first quarter, boosting net profit to $1.8 billion, a figure that masked otherwise disappointing sales results for the quarter. The chip maker announced additional reorganization plans.
AMD rolls out 40W server CPUs Product News 4/22/2009 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices will roll out server microprocessors today that hit a new low in power consumption for the company as well as some at new and higher data rates.
AMD Q1 net loss widens on lower sales News & Analysis 4/21/2009 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said first quarter net loss increased as revenue fell 21 percent but added product sales improved on a sequential basis and forecasts second quarter sales will be unchanged from the preceding three-month period.
Bluetooth upgrade rides 802.11 radios News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released its version 3.0 specification supporting data rates up to 24 Mbits/second over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step toward the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.
UWB startup Radiospire folds News & Analysis 4/21/2009 5 comments Another ultrawideband startup bites the dust as Radiospire Networks Inc. confirms it is closing its doors, but three remaining UWB startups remain committed to the technology despite a string of bad news over the last nine months.
Samsung to ramp up DDR3 production News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it is ramping up 50-nm class production of DDR3 memory chips in response to increased demand stemming from Intel's launch of the Xeon processor 5500 series.
Tokyo meeting energizes low power Bluetooth News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment Chip makers made a series of announcements about new devices and development systems to support the forthcoming Bluetooth low energy standard at a Developer's Preview this week, held in Tokyo to precede the annual Bluetooth All Hands Meeting.
ChipWrights targets ViSP processor at netbooks News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment ChipWrights Inc. (Bedford, MA), the fabless group that focuses on digital signal processing-based devices called visual signal processors (ViSPs), is touting its multi-core CW5631 SoC as the ideal solution for netbook developers struggling to implement successful web video and Linux support without driving costs sky-high.
Innovision signs NFC licensing deal with chip supplier News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment Innovision Research & Technology plc, the Cirencester, England based company focusing on the development of SoCs and tags for Near Field Communications (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems, has signed an agreement with a major European semiconductor company to market its Intellectual Property in combination with the un-named company's own silicon IP for use by third party customers.
RFEL sees bounce from Queen's Award win News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment The CEO of one of the companies that won the Queen's Award for Industry in the Innovation category, John Summers of RF Engines Ltd (Isle of Wight, England) said the award will help greatly in increasing international credibility and in attracting the best electronics design talent.
TI Q1 profits fall 97% but visibility improves News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc.'s first quarter net profit dropped 97 percent from the year-ago quarter and sales fell 36 percent but the analog IC and DSP company says it is more confident about the demand picture after inventories fell across the industry.
Analysis: Oracle looks back to the future News & Analysis 4/20/2009 1 comment Oracle Corp.'s proposed $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems marks a strange step back to the future that raises questions about the outlook for Sun's hardware, Java software and the database giant itself.
Analysis: 'Inconsistent profitability' sank Sun Microsystems News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Sun Microsystems Inc. executives desperately wanted the company to survive as a standalone enterprise but its already shaky outlook worsened as the weakened global economy hurt demand for information technology products making it necessary for the enterprise computing and software vendor to seek salvation in the arms of a strong suitor.
Adobe Flash being ported to TVs, STBs News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has started porting the Adobe Flash Platform into some of its chips targeting set top boxes. The move is part of plans by Adobe to extend the Flash Platform into televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.
Samsung display venture predicts smartphone, OLED surge News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Samsung Mobile Display, the mobile display venture of the Korean conglomerate, expects a significant increase in the number of smartphones that will be shipped over the next few years, rising to 500 million units in 2012 from a projected 170 million in 2009.
Frontier, S3 team on digital radio SoC News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Silicon& Software Systems Ltd (Dublin, Ireland), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has licensed its IP to Frontier Silicon (Watford, England) for use in the latter's Chorus 3 SoC for digital radios.
Tpack picks Macnab as new CEO News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment Tpack AS (Copenhagen, Denmark), which focuses on taking field-programmable gate arrays and selling them on to customers programmed up to do mainly communications functions, has named Colin Macnab chief executive officer.
Mosaid loses Qimonda IP license deal, but NXP re-signs News & Analysis 4/17/2009 Post a comment Memory IP specialist Mosaid Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) and NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) have extended their patent license deal. However, troubled and insolvent memory maker Qimonda (Munich, Germany) has terminated the six-year patent licensing agreement between the two companies that came into effect July 1, 2006
Fairchild Semi posts loss, says orders improving News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor reported a net loss of $51.1 million on revenue of $223.3 million for the first quarter, but the company's top executive said orders improved toward the end of the quarter and in the first weeks of the second quarter.
Dell, HP drive growth for low-end CPUs News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Dell announced a deal to sell its latest Intel Atom-based netbooks through China's top cellular carrier, and rival Hewlett-Packard rolled out a new line of thin-client computers, most based on Via's x86 processors, reinforcing the fact much of the growth in consumer and business computing is for low-end systems, especially in emerging markets.
Cypress revenue beats estimates News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor posted a GAAP net loss of $90.7 million on revenue of $139.3 million in the first quarter as gross margin fell and factory utilization hit an all-time low of 34 percent, the company said.
Atmel enhances AVR MCU line Product News 4/16/2009 Post a comment With up to 12 MIPS of processing throughput, 8-bit A/D converter, analog comparator, and a 16-bit timer with PWM, this 6-pin device is well suited for size and cost constrained high volume consumer applications.
PC shipments plunge in Q1, say analysts News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Market researchers Gartner Inc. and IDC both reported steep declines in first quarter sales of PCs in all geographic areas, as well as a very poor performance from Dell that saw it yield top slot in shipments to HP.