Mentor dismisses Icahn's board nominees News & Analysis 4/25/2011 Post a comment Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines fired back at billionaire financier Carl Icahn, saying that Icahn is distorting the qualifications of his three nominees to Mentor's board of directors.
Touch controller now offers haptic feedback Product News 4/24/2011 Post a comment Atmel has introduced capacitive touch application-specific microcontrollers for implementing touch button, slider and wheel functionality, that integrate Immersion's haptic intellectual property to create a more intuitive and powerful user experience.
FRAM customers mad over IBM foundry delays News & Analysis 4/22/2011 11 comments Amid ongoing problems with its foundry ramp with IBM Corp., Ramtron International Corp., a supplier of ferroelectric-based memory, reported total revenue of $10.6 million for the first quarter of 2011, compared with $15.8 million for the same quarter last year.
Renesas begins with foundries, restarts Naka News & Analysis 4/22/2011 Post a comment Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced that it plans to run test production at the 200-mm wafer fabrication line at its Naka wafer fabrication factory on Saturday (April 23) with mass production scheduled to start on June 15. The company stated it has also begun transferring some chip production to foundries.
TriQuint brings GaAs to the masses News & Analysis 4/22/2011 2 comments In 1985, a group of engineers left Tektronix Inc. and founded TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. to pursue gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology for high performance wireless applications.
U.S. firms still dominate fabless rankings News & Analysis 4/22/2011 4 comments U.S.-based companies captured nine of the top 10 places and 13 of the top 20 spots in a sales ranking of global fabless chip suppliers compiled by market research firm IC Insights.
Cymer buys software firm News & Analysis 4/21/2011 Post a comment Cymer Inc. has completed the acquisition of eDiag Solutions, a privately-held company based in Seoul, Korea, for $15.0 million in cash, $6 million of which was paid at closing in the second quarter.
SEMI book-to-bill climbs News & Analysis 4/21/2011 Post a comment North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.95 in March, compared to 0.87 in February, according to SEMI.
SanDisk's Q1 beats analyst estimates News & Analysis 4/21/2011 1 comment Flash memory vendor SanDisk reported first quarter numbers that beat analysts' expectations as its CEO said the company remains on track to deliver a strong year despite lingering supply chain problems in the wake of the March 11 earthquake off the coast of Japan.
Brooks sells contract manufacturing business News & Analysis 4/21/2011 Post a comment Brooks Automation Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its contract manufacturing business based in Portland, Ore. to subsidiaries of Toronto, Canada-based Celestica Inc. for approximately $80 million in cash.
Flash data storage startup raises $6 million News & Analysis 4/21/2011 1 comment Arkologic Holdings Ltd., a startup developing solid-state data storage products based on flash memory ICs, has said it has raised $6 million in a Series A financing round led by private equity firm Landtek Corp.
Broadcom joins GreenTouch comms consortium News & Analysis 4/21/2011 2 comments Fabless chip company Broadcom Corp. has said it has joined GreenTouch, a global industry consortium formed by Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs that is focused on improving the energy efficiency of IT and communications networks.
India preps $5 billion two-fab plan News & Analysis 4/21/2011 5 comments The Indian government has announced renewed efforts to try and create a chip manufacturing industry on the sub-continent and is looking for investment of about $5 billion to build two wafer fabs.
Update: SanDisk-Toshiba reclaim NAND lead News & Analysis 4/21/2011 15 comments Last week, Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. took the process technology lead in the NAND flash market by rolling out a 20-nm process. This week, Intel and Micron lost the lead.
Freescale reports Q1 sales increase News & Analysis 4/20/2011 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor reported that first quarter sales improved on both a sequential and year-to-year basis and said it expects modest impact from the early closure of an earthquake damaged fab in Japan.
Analysts eat crow after Intel's blowout Q1 News & Analysis 4/20/2011 20 comments Wall Street analysts acknowledged that their estimates for Intel's first quarter sales and earnings were too conservative, a day after the No. 1 chip vendor reported first quarter financials that handily exceeded analyst expectations and the company's own targets.
IDC sees IC growth in 2011 News & Analysis 4/20/2011 Post a comment Worldwide semiconductor revenues increased more than 24 percent to $282 billion in 2010, according to International Data Corp. (IDC). What about 2011?
QDR Consortium rolls fast SRAMs News & Analysis 4/20/2011 Post a comment The QDR Consortium, which includes Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Renesas Electronics Corp., have rolled out the industry’s fastest Quad Data Rate (QDR) SRAMs.
Conexant CEO steps down News & Analysis 4/20/2011 2 comments Golden Gate Capital and its affiliate, Gold Holdings Inc., have announced the appointment of Sailesh Chittipeddi to the positions of president and chief executive of Conexant Systems Inc.
Fujitsu says all fabs running at 100% News & Analysis 4/20/2011 Post a comment All seven of the Fujitsu Group manufacturing facilities that were idled in the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that stuck off the coast of Japan March 11 have now resumed operations at 100 percent of capacity, according to the company.
Report: Toshiba forced to halve NAND output News & Analysis 4/20/2011 2 comments Toshiba Corp. has told customers it will have to halve its output of NAND flash memory ICs in May and June because of a shortage of blank wafers and other materials, according to a Digitimes report that referenced unnamed industry sources.
Dialog offers PMOLED display driver IC Product News 4/20/2011 Post a comment Power management IC firm Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced that it has developed a passive-matrix organic light emitting diode (PMOLED) driver IC, the DA8620, which is being used by Lenovo in its S800 mobile phone.
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.