Freescale pushes wireless recharge
News & Analysis 5/31/2012 15 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's reference designs for recharging tablets and smartphones allow automobiles, airports, coffee shops and other public areas to supply almost invisible recharging stations built into tables, kiosks or nearly any horizontal surface.
Insufficient baseband chip supply hurting LTE smartphone sales
News & Analysis 5/30/2012 9 comments
Since there has been greater than originally expected demand for LTE smartphones and tablets, international vendors are worried that their shipments are not enough to meet demand due to short supply of LTE solution chips from Qualcomm, currently the only provider of integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE baseband chips.
Industrial apps go multi-platform
News & Analysis 5/30/2012 3 comments
Motorola Solutions has crafted a universal app platform for its developers, enabling a single HTML5 app to be deployed on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows CE and Blackberry mobile devices.
Ansys to acquire embedded software firm
News & Analysis 5/29/2012 2 comments
Simulation software provider Ansys said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire France-based Esterel Technologies, a provider of embedded software simulation tools for mission critical applications, for about $53 million in cash.
Intel confirms Ireland for 14-nm silicon
News & Analysis 5/27/2012 24 comments
The Intel wafer fab complex in Leixlip Ireland is set to receive investment to allow it to manufacture 14-nm silicon and beyond, the company revealed in a presentation to analysts on May 10. The investment is expected to be more than $1 billion.
Inertial measurement unit integrates accelerometer, gyro
News & Analysis 5/24/2012 10 comments
Bosch Sensortec said it has integrated an inertial measurement unit with a three-axis accelerometer and a three-axis gyroscope into the smallest package yet available for consumer-grade applications such as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras.
Intersil to cut 11% of workforce
News & Analysis 5/23/2012 4 comments
Analog chip vendor Intersil said it would cut about 11 percent of its workforce as part of a plan to reduce operating expenses by about $40 million per year.
TI rolls high data rate CAN transceivers
Product News 5/23/2012 4 comments
Texas Instruments introduced a pair of turbo CAN transceivers designed for data rates in excess of 1 Mbps, meeting the growing demand for more nodes and greater data transmission length in today's industrial CAN networks.
Dell's results seen as bad news for Intel
News & Analysis 5/23/2012 10 comments
Disappointing first quarter results and a lower-than-expected second quarter sales target by PC supplier Dell is bad news for Intel, which has forecast growth above the seasonal average for the rest of the year, according to a Wall Street analyst.
TI says copper wire bonding momentum growing
News & Analysis 5/23/2012 3 comments
Texas Instruments said it has shipped nearly 6.5 billion analog, embedded processing and wireless chips using copper wire bonding technology, a milestone that the firm says underscores the semiconductor industry's growing confidence in copper packaging technology as a viable replacement for gold.
UK researchers follow silicon-oxide ReRAM route
News & Analysis 5/22/2012 23 comments
Researchers from University College London have developed a silicon oxide based resistive RAM by following a promising line of research similar to that pursued by teams at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania.
HDD densities expected to double by 2016
News & Analysis 5/22/2012 2 comments
Maximum areal densities in hard disk drives are expected to more than double during the five-year period from 2011 to 2016, spurring continued growth for HDDs in storage-intensive applications such as video and audio systems, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Handset shipments projected to rise 11% in 2012
News & Analysis 5/22/2012 Post a comment
Sales of smartphones continued to drive mobile device market growth in the first quarter of 2012, but global sales of all cell phones declined compared to the first quarter of 2011, according to a report by market research firm Forward Concepts.
ON Semi expands Czech design center
News & Analysis 5/21/2012 6 comments
ON Semiconductor has expanded its operations in the Czech Republic, opening a 13,000-square-foot R&D and design facility in the town of Roznov, the company said.