Philips sells stake in GaAs foundry Ommic News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Continuing its strategy of divesting non-core activities, Royal Philips Electronics has sold, for an undisclosed sum, its controlling stake in French wafer supplier Ommic S.A.S to Financiere Victoire.
Mosaid exits semi IP business News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Following a management shakeup, Mosaid Technologies Inc. has decided to divest the assets of its semiconductor intellectual property product business.
Micron faces layoffs, capex cuts News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Following a huge loss and a memory downturn, Micron Technology Inc. has cut its capital spending for fiscal 2008 and announced plans for a workforce reduction.
Infineon HDD read channel exceeds 3 Gbit/s Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Infineon claims it has demonstrated functionality and data rates in a read hard disk drive read channel exceeding 3 Gbit/s. The read/write channel IC is a result of a cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
SATS market grew by 26.5% in '06 , says Gartner News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment The global semiconductor contract assembly and test services (SATS) market grew by 26.5 percent in 2006 and reached $19.2 billion according to Gartner, Inc. Outsourcing's share rose to 43.5 percent of the total semiconductor packaging market.
Icera takes HSDPA lead, says report News & Analysis 6/29/2007 Post a comment Independent research suggests that British wireless technology specialist Icera's HSDPA device and chipset outperform parts from much larger rivals such as Qualcomm and Ericsson Mobile Platforms in terms of data throughput for commercially available devices.
Op amp pair offers 5- to 16-V operating range Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Analog Devices' latest precision operational amplifiers (op amps) deliver a combination of accuracy, power efficiency and versatility with a wide 5-V to 16-V operating range for an assortment of industrial, medical and consumer applications.
16-Mbit, 32-Mbit serial flash memories hit the market in volume Product News 6/29/2007 Post a comment Aimed at the computer, networking and consumer sectors, Winbond has available in production quantities 16-Mbit and 32-Mbit serial flash memories that feature a serial peripheral interface to support both Single-SPI and Dual-SPI operation. The memory maker is working on bringing to market a new serial flash family that will offer Quad-SPI with six times the transfer rate of standard serial flash.
Ethernet group may bless 40, 100G paths News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment A group trying to chart the future of Ethernet is expected to propose at key July meeting in San Francisco a plan to set standards both for 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the technology to meet the diverging needs of computer and communication companies.
Load switches provide up to 2 A current-limit protection Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Fairchild introduces the FPF250X series, a family of IntelliMAX load switches with input voltages ranging from 4.5 V up to 20 V. These highly integrated devices provide full protection against potentially damaging over-current conditions impacting low-power designs.
LDO regulators are housed in SOT-23 package Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Catalyst Semiconductor has announced two additions to its recently released low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a SOT-23 package.
Qimonda DIMMs aim at high-end servers News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment With its 8-GByte DDR2 FB-DIMM modules, Qimonda claims to be the first in the industry to offer this high memory density. Probably more important could be the vendor's second claim: The devices are said to dissipate up to 45 percent less power, compared with existing solutions.
secureAVR MCU targets banking SDA market, small ID programs Product News 6/28/2007 Post a comment Atmel has replaced its AT90SC6404RT chip with the AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller that it designed with additional ROM memory to allow its customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market.
ST unveils front-end measurement ICs News & Analysis 6/28/2007 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has launched a family of energy-metering integrated circuits (ICs) that is claimed to implement a complete meter system without requiring any other active component.
LSI sells consumer IC biz, cuts 900 jobs News & Analysis 6/27/2007 Post a comment Amid a move to cut 900 jobs -- or 13 percent of its workforce -- LSI Corp. has sold its consumer chip business to Magnum Semiconductor Inc. The transaction will be funded by private equity investment.
Cell-transistor interface clears biolectronics hurdle Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Researchers at the Max Planck Institute demonstrate a cell-transistor interface that allows cells to be studied without destroying them. In the lab, the interface enabled noninvasive monitoring of serotonin levels by a computer monitoring living cells in culture.
SiBeam takes wraps off Wireless HD technology Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Gigabit wireless technology startup SiBeam Inc. has revealed some details of the 60GHz technology that it and partners in the WirelessHD consortium plan to deploy to deliver a promised gigabit per second of multimedia content wirelessly in the home.
Vodafone's WiMax creep News & Analysis 6/27/2007 Post a comment WiMax has finally crept into Vodafone Group's service repertoire. The mobile giant has just launched commercial fixed WiMax services in Malta, and has been busy acquiring licenses, testing, and investing in the technology worldwide.
Samsung sampling multistandard mobile TV chip Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started sampling a multi-standard channel decoder and multi-band radio frequency tuner chipset made using its 65-nm process that it says supports almost all mobile TV standards including DVB-H/T, DAB-IP, ISDB-T, and terrestrial DMB.
Freescale launches multi-core communications platform Product News 6/27/2007 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled its Multi-core Communications Platform based on its PowerQUICC processor families. The architecture is designed to help customers more easily migrate to multi-core environments while preserving the value of legacy software investments.
Freescale's platform pitch: Lose the remote Product News 6/26/2007 Post a comment Freescale says its entertainment control platform obsoletes today's remote controls, replacing them with controllers and controlled consumer electronic devices that wirelessly communicate among themselves.
Mobilygen fields H.264 codecs to turn on flash-based TV Product News 6/26/2007 Post a comment Fabless chip company Mobilygen (Santa Clara, Calif.) is betting its new family of next-generation H.264 codecs, in tandem with swiftly sinking prices for solid-state memory, will spur development of such products as TVs that can accomplish "pause" and "instant replay" of broadcast programming without a hard drive.
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.