AMD posts Q1 profit, reversing year-ago loss News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported $257 million in profit for the first quarter on a 34 percent increase in revenue as the microprocessor and graphics IC company recorded solid demand for its products worldwide.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Deos RTOS supports Freescale e300, e500 safety-critical apps News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment DDC-I has announced that its safety-critical, DO-178B Level A certifiable, Deos real-time operating system (RTOS) and OpenArbor development tool suite are available for the Freescale Semiconductor e300 and e500 cores. Deos running atop Freescale PowerQUICC II Pro and PowerQUICC III processors provides a platform for developing and hosting mil/aero and other safety-critical applications, particularly those requiring high design assurance and timely DO-178B certification.
Motion controllers add zing to flat videogame market News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment The Nintendo Wii commanded 43 percent of the unit market for videogame consoles in 2009, but Sony and Microsoft are expected to challenge the Wii's dominance in a relatively flat market this year focusing on new motion-control technologies, according to market watcher iSuppli Corp.
ST VP to head micro-nanotechnology cluster News & Analysis 4/15/2010 Post a comment Loic Lietar, corporate vice president of STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), has been appointed president of Grenoble-based Minalogic applications cluster for micro-nanotechnology and embedded systems.
Intel launches PCI-enabled 'SoC' Product News 4/14/2010 1 comment Intel has announced that is developing a system-on-chip for embedded applications based around its Atom processor core. However, it appears the SoC will be of a fixed design with a fully-described bus interface to which other chip vendors can attach their chips.
Reports: Intel has ported Android to Atom News & Analysis 4/14/2010 Post a comment Intel has ported Google's Android operating system to its Atom microprocessor, according to multiple reports that reference Renee James, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's software and services group, as their source.
Entrepreneurs drive Silicon Valley toward Detroit 2.0 News & Analysis 4/13/2010 1 comment A handful of entrepreneurs hope to turn Silicon Valley into Detroit 2.0 by supplying key subsystems for next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles but they disagree about how the new market they see for electric and hybrid vehicles will emerge.
ESC: Confab to host another round of Intel versus ARM News & Analysis 4/12/2010 3 comments Intel and ARM have been squaring up to each other across the netbook and smartphone sectors for a couple of years now. The ARM-versus-Intel battle is set to continue on a number of fronts at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley, coming up April 26 to 29, at the McEenery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3 News & Analysis 4/12/2010 1 comment European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8% News & Analysis 4/8/2010 Post a comment The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for March that are up 9.8 percent on sales in February 2010. This is slightly less than is usual as March tends to be a considerably stronger March with sequential rises of around 25 percent.
En Garde! MEMS gyros penetrate smartphones News & Analysis 4/7/2010 1 comment Handset makers are confirming reports that MEMS-based gyroscopes are being built into next-generation smartphones to provide new twists on user interfaces, mobile gaming and location-based services.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign? News & Analysis 4/7/2010 1 comment Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Telecom providers hungry for 100G, but price averse News & Analysis 4/6/2010 1 comment Big telecommunications providers are hungry for higher density systems, but they are concerned about the high costs of the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems coming this year and the need to transition to IPv6, according to an NTT chief technologist who shared details of a recent evaluation of core routers.
IBM benchmarks prod microprocessor designers Product News 4/2/2010 Post a comment IBM Research and Intel Research collaborated on a set of benchmarks made publicly available to aid microprocessor designers and to evaluate the winners of a clock synthesis contest at the International Symposium on Physical Design.
Spansion claims progress in emergence from Chapter 11 News & Analysis 4/2/2010 Post a comment Spansion Inc. has said that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has issued a decision regarding Spansion's reorganization plan that sets aside a number of objections to the plan and provides guidance on the remaining issues.
At least two more WiMax handsets coming in 2010 News & Analysis 4/1/2010 Post a comment At least two more WiMax handsets are expected to emerge this year, according to the company that designed silicon inside the EVO 4G handset recently announced by Sprint, and they will be joined by prototype phones for the Long Term Evolution network that will be demonstrated as early as May by China Mobile.
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