Small basestations will be big News & Analysis 5/21/2012 4 comments Femtocells and disruptive cellular technologies designed to occupy the no-man’s land between femto and macro basestations are driving silicon architectures toward systems-on-chip.
Aquantia closes $35 million Series F funding round News & Analysis 5/21/2012 Post a comment Rusnano, the technology investment arm of Russia, has led a $35 million Series F financing of Ethernet chip company Aquantia. Rusnano is investing $25 million and current and other new investors will contribute $10 million to the financing round.
ARM signs HiSilicon to use Mali GPU cores News & Analysis 5/21/2012 Post a comment HiSilicon has licensed a range graphics processing units (GPUs), including the Mali-400 and Mali-T658, from ARM. ARM claimed that Mali combined with its Cortex processor cores is most energy efficient way to build "richer" user experiences.
Marvell sees return to normalcy following Thai floods News & Analysis 5/19/2012 2 comments Chip maker Marvell Technology Group said it benefited from supply chain recovery in the wake of last year's devastating floods in Thailand and that it expects the impact of the disaster on its business will be completely negated by July.
Amkor plans back-end chip facility in South Korea News & Analysis 5/18/2012 Post a comment Semiconductor packaging and test services provider Amkor Technology said it plans to build a state-of-the-art test and packaging facility and global research and development center in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, near Seoul, South Korea.
Living virus generates electricity News & Analysis 5/18/2012 6 comments Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have discovered a way to genetically engineer a living virus to be piezoelectric, enabling self-assembling arrays of them to produce enough electricity to power small electronic devices.
Report: ARM aims to take 20% of notebook PC market News & Analysis 5/18/2012 11 comments Warren East, CEO of processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc, has said he expects companies making processors based on the ARM cores will take between 10 and 20 percent of the notebook PC market in 2014 or 2015, according to a Dow Jones report. That would be much higher penetration than Intel would make into the smartphone market, the report also quoted East saying.
Applied sees flat to declining sales News & Analysis 5/18/2012 1 comment Semiconductor capital equipment vendor Applied Materials reported sales that beat consensus analysts' expectations for its fiscal second quarter, but said it expects sales for the current quarter to be flat to down 10 percent sequentially.
Report: UMC benefits from TSMC 28-nm supply shortage News & Analysis 5/17/2012 3 comments Chip foundry United Microelectronics Corp. has been the leading beneficiary of 28-nm chip supply shortages at the leading foundry and rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
ESilicon set to reap rewards of Asian gamble News & Analysis 5/17/2012 Post a comment Jack Harding, CEO of design services provider eSilicon, says the company's move to Asia is beginning to pay off as it helps customers navigate two very different chip markets in Taiwan and mainland China.
Avago, TriQuint settle litigation News & Analysis 5/15/2012 Post a comment Rival analog and mixed-signal chip vendors Avago Technologies and TriQuint Semiconductor announced a patent cross-licensing agreement and agreement to dismiss all related litigation between them.
EMC buys memory IT startup for reported $430M News & Analysis 5/15/2012 2 comments Enterprise IT hardware, software and services provider EMC has acquired XtremIO, a three-year old Israeli startup that develops flash memory technology for storage infrastructure, reportedly for $430 million.
IHS: Apple iOS to reassert tablet dominance in 2012 News & Analysis 5/15/2012 8 comments Apple's iOS operating system is expected to reassert commanding leadership of the worldwide tablet space in 2012, following a temporary dip in market share in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Qualcomm moves to No. 5 in chip sales News & Analysis 5/14/2012 6 comments Just over three years after slipping into the top 10 in chip sales for the first time, fabless chip vendor Qualcomm moved to the No. 5 position in the fist quarter, surpassing Texas Instruments and others, according to IC Insights.
Nvidia sees strong sales increase in Q2 News & Analysis 5/11/2012 1 comment Graphics chip vendor Nvidia reported better-than-expected sales for its fiscal first quarter, ended April 29, and said it expects sales to increase significantly in the second quarter.
IDT 4M piezoelectric MEMS oscillators Product News 5/11/2012 2 comments Integrated Device Technology has announced what it claims to be the world's first crystal free piezoelectric MEMS LVDS/LVPECL oscillators for high-performance communications, consumer, cloud, and industrial applications.
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.