Qualcomm touts the smartbook to rival netbooks, smartphones News & Analysis 5/29/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has started promoting the concept of the 'smartbook', powered by the latest 1GHz versions of its Snapdragon chipsets, and described as taking the best of what a netbook and smartphone has to offer in terms of functionality and performance.
RFaxis touts integrated, single die BiCMOS front ends Product News 5/29/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip startup RFaxis (Irvine, Calif.) has started sampling its first two devices, both offering a replacement for traditional RF front-end modules, combining all the functionality into a single-die, single-chip that use "breakthrough and disruptive" design methodologies.
Marvell posts sequential sales gain News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group reported a sequential increase in sales for the quarter ended May 2 and the company's chief executive said recent trends indicate an improvement in near term order patterns.
Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
AMS, Fraunhofer partner for encoder ICs News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Analog IC specialist Austriamicrosystems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) have linked to develop a generation of magnetic motion sensing integrated circuits based on Fraunhofer’s patented HallinOne magnetic sensor technology.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors Product News 5/28/2009 Post a comment Programmable chip vendor Netronome Systems announced the availability of a family of network processors said to remove the barriers to unified computing architectures by combining high-performance network, content and security processing with general purpose processors, such as Intel's IA, through I/O virtualization.
Danish researchers target 4G test News & Analysis 5/27/2009 Post a comment The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has awarded Euros 6 million towards a project at Aalborg University in which the researchers there will work with Infineon Technologies and Agilent Technologies on topics such as high performance, easy test infrastructure and low power consumption.
SIM cards identified as a growing market News & Analysis 5/27/2009 Post a comment The mobile communications market as a whole may be suffering, notably as regards subscriber growth, but shipments of SIM cards are powering ahead, having reached record levels in 2008 and set to continue growing this year, according to market trackers IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
U.S. flat-panel TV sales grew again in Q1 News & Analysis 5/26/2009 1 comment Shipments of flat-panel televisions in the U.S. and Canada reached 7.8 million units in the first quarter, up 17.3 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Feedback: 6 critical keys to IP licensing success News & Analysis 5/26/2009 1 comment The IP licensing market is complicated and in this response to a previous EE Times article on the history of Chipidea and MIPS, a reader lists six factors he believes are critical for success in the market segment.
Cree raises financial targets News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment LED vendor Cree increased its revenue and earnings targets for the quarter ending June 28, saying it now expects revenue to be between $143 million and $150 million and GAAP earnings per share to be 7 to 9 cents per diluted share.
Ceva, mimoOn partner for LTE baseband News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment DSP cores IP licensor Ceva Inc. has joined the growing list of companies to port mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY LTE software on to silicon targeting the emerging wireless broadband technology.
Rambus targets DDR4 DRAMs News & Analysis 5/26/2009 1 comment Rambus has announced a set of new and existing interconnect technologies it says will meet the needs of main memory in 2011 and beyond and hopes the industry adopts them as part of a pending DDR4 DRAM standard.
Court reverses ITC in Linear- AnalogicTech spat News & Analysis 5/22/2009 Post a comment A U.S. federal appeals court partially vacated a final determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that found a patent held by Linear Technology to be invalid, according to statements released by Linear and Advanced Analogic Technologies.
Researchers warn of major flaw in transistor theory News & Analysis 5/22/2009 Post a comment Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S have warned of a fundamental flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, and suggest that unless it is solved, it could stand in the way of developing more efficient, lower powered devices.
'New' ST fights image of old ST News & Analysis 5/21/2009 2 comments STMicroelectronics N.V. appears to have won over some skeptical analysts as the company pushes ahead with efforts to transform its operations but the semiconductor manufacturer continues to be dogged by old concerns about its previous execution records.
Solar panels sector set to dim and shine News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment Thin-film solar panels are expected to increase their share of the total volume of photovoltaic devices sold over the next five years, up from 14 percent last year to 27 percent in 2013, according to market trackers IC Insights.
Tessera wins ITC patent ruling Product News 5/20/2009 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Did you see that? News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Those cheeky chaps in the UK have made a bid to host Super Bowl 2014 in London, England (I kid you not!)
Servers get new energy metrics News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Computer makers are testing the Transaction Processing Performance Council's energy specification, a new benchmark for measuring the energy use of servers that could be released as early as June just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Energy Star specifications for measuring the energy efficiency of servers.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...