Actions Semi tips MIPS-based Honeycomb SoC
News & Analysis 5/31/2011 2 comments
Actions Semiconductor will collaborate with MIPS Technologies to offer a MIPS-based, 1.3 GHz chipset optimized for version 3.0 of Google's Android operating system, also known as Honeycomb, the companies said.
Brazilian IP startup makes PMU for Lfoundry use
Product News 5/31/2011 Post a comment
Chipus Microelectronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuit designs, has announced the availability of a power management unit for use on LFoundry's 150-nm mixed-signal process technology.
Report: IDC cuts chip growth on poor PC sales
News & Analysis 5/31/2011 1 comment
Market research firm International Data Corp. has cut its forecast on the annual revenue growth of the semiconductor sector to between 4 and 5 percent from 6 to 8 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
Intel embeds Mirics in PC-with-TV motherboard
Product News 5/30/2011 6 comments
Mirics Ltd., a developer of a software modem technology for digital TV reception, has said that Intel Corp. is planning to deliver global broadcast TV reception through an Intel branded PC motherboard.
OEMS speed adoption of IPv6
News & Analysis 5/30/2011 3 comments
The first of over two dozen IPv6 systems from leading OEMs that are using NetLogic Microsystem's NL11k knowledge-based processors will begin shipping in production in 3Q 2011, with the remaining customer systems expected to commence shipping over the following twelve months.
Mentor, Magma top expectations
News & Analysis 5/27/2011 1 comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines said Mentor's board has met once by phone since three members nominated by billionaire financier Carl Icahn were elected to join it.
Tessera sues Sony again
News & Analysis 5/27/2011 2 comments
Tessera Technologies filed a complaint through one of its subsidiaries against Sony in California state court.
Zarlink tips 5% job cuts on 'strong' results
News & Analysis 5/27/2011 13 comments
Canadian mixed-signal chip company Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to reduce its global workforce by approximately 5 percent by the end of fiscal Q2 2012, which ends in September 2011. Zarlink (Ottawa, Ontario) made the announcement within its statement of its fourth fiscal quarter and 2011 fiscal year results.
Image gallery: Xperia Play handset teardown
News & Analysis 5/26/2011 5 comments
The first "PlayStation certified" smartphone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Broadcom's BlueTooth/WiFi/FM combo chip and memory ICs from Micron and Elpida, among others, according to a teardown analysis.
High-temp MEMS goes seismic
News & Analysis 5/26/2011 4 comments
Analog Devices claims to have designed the world's first MEMS chip that can tolerate temperatures as high as 342 degrees Fahrenheit.
Freescale CEO bullish on IPO
News & Analysis 5/26/2011 6 comments
Rich Beyer, Freescale Semiconductor's chairman and CEO, said he was happy with the opening of the company's IPO despite the fact that the opening price was lowered. Shares climbed up more than 5 percent by mid-day trading.
Analyst sees flat April for global chip sales
News & Analysis 5/26/2011 1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April are likely to be $25.3 billion April, similar to the $25.26 billion reported in March by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Mixed-signal MCUs on 90nm process
Product News 5/25/2011 Post a comment
Targeting designers of industrial and consumer applications who need solutions with low power consumption and increased integration, Freescale has introduced the ColdFire+ MCF51Qx and MCF51Jx microcontroller families.
IBM to test wafer pruning
News & Analysis 5/25/2011 10 comments
IBM will test a wafer pruning technique developed at the University of California at Los Angeles said to spot bad wafers early with test structures in-between die that can reject wafers before costly metallization steps.
Nomura sees 2011 chip market growth of 4.4%
News & Analysis 5/25/2011 5 comments
Brokerage firm Nomura Securities has raised its forecast for growth in the value of the global semiconductor market to 4.4 percent, an increase from its previous projection of 3.1 percent given in December 2010.
Applied braces for sales decline
News & Analysis 5/24/2011 Post a comment
Applied Materials, the largest maker of semiconductor production equipment, reported second quarter sales and earnings that exceeded analysts' expectations but said it expects sales for the current quarter to decline due to sluggish near-term economic conditions.
IHS: Tablet's rise hurt Q1 PC sales
News & Analysis 5/24/2011 10 comments
First quarter global PC sales declined by 0.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010, in part because of rising interested in Apple's iPad and other tablets, according to IHS iSuppli.
Analyst predicts OLED lighting market
News & Analysis 5/24/2011 4 comments
The global market for OLED lighting will be $4.8 billion in 2016, according to market research firm NanoMarkets LLC. Of that Europe will be responsible for $1.5 billion in OLED lighting panel sales and Asia is expected to provide $2.1 billion.
Foxconn blast may cause iPad shortfall
News & Analysis 5/23/2011 9 comments
The explosion that ripped through a Foxconn plant in Chengdu, China, late last week—killing three—could result in a production loss of 500,000 Apple iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Marvell to invest $200 million in Israel R&D
News & Analysis 5/23/2011 1 comment
Communications chip company Marvell Technology Group Ltd., is reportedly planning to invest $200 million in its Israel R&D operation. The company's co-founders – Sehat Sutardja, CEO, chairman, and Weili Dai, chief operating officer – who are also husband and wife, are reportedly visiting Israel.
Open source protocol targets 'Internet of things'
Product News 5/22/2011 Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has announced it will make the IEEE 802.15.4 based wireless connectivity network layer software it inherited from the acquisition of Jennic, JenNET-IP, open source, in a bid to generate greater interest in the 'Internet of Things' concept.