UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Broadcom again extends deadline on Emulex offer News & Analysis 6/19/2009 Post a comment Broadcom extended the deadline on its $964 million tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Emulex until July 1, saying that only about 2.3 million of the 82.6 million outstanding shares of Emulex had been tendered.
Watch Out: WAPI is back on the Wi-Fi agenda News & Analysis 6/19/2009 4 comments WAPI, the controversial Made-in-China wireless LAN security protocol that the government tried to force companies to adopt three years ago as a de facto standard, is being re-submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for consideration as a global standard.
Miserable Q1 sales for semis, says ISuppi News & Analysis 6/19/2009 Post a comment Global chip sales in the first quarter declined to $44.3 billion, down 18.8 percent from $54.5 billion in the fourth quarter, and a decline of 33.8 percent from $66.8 billion in the first quarter of 2008, according to market tracker iSuppli.
Xilinx sponsors Peking University-UCLA research program News & Analysis 6/18/2009 Post a comment Xilinx said it would donate more than $500,000 worth of the company's flagship Virtex FPGA development systems and electronic design software to a new Joint Research Institute of Science and Engineering by China's Peking University and the University of California-Los Angeles.
Keynote: Help is on the way for multicore software News & Analysis 6/18/2009 2 comments Help is on the way for programmers trying to wrestle greater performance from multicore processors, but the big leaps forward in parallel programming are still in the labs, according to a keynoter at the Multicore Virtual Conference.
LCD-TV sales seen surging in Europe News & Analysis 6/18/2009 Post a comment Sales of LCD-TVs will surge in most European countries this year, indicating a recovery in the EU countries' economic activity, according to market research group iSuppli Corp.
Active cable IC startup supports HDMI 1.4 News & Analysis 6/18/2009 Post a comment Irish fabless chip startup RedMere Technology confirmed the availability of silicon to support new active cable designs for the high definition multimedia interface specification version 1.4 .
Silicon Labs lifts Q2 outlook News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories lifted its second quarter revenue and earnings outlook, citing stronger-than-expected sales of new products, access and audio broadcast products.
CPUs gear up for--and some avoid--Hot Chips Product News 6/17/2009 Post a comment The preliminary program for the annual Hot Chips conference says a lot about the state of the microprocessor industry both for what's on it, and for what's not in the latest server, mobile and graphics processors and the increasingly parallel software to drive them.
Movidia licenses SD IP from Arasan News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Fabless chip group Movidia (Dublin, Ireland) , which focuses on mobile video processors optimized for capturing and editing audio and video clips by users on a mobile phone and other consumer electronics equipment, is licensing IP from cores specialist Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.(San Jose, Calif.) for its next generation SoC.
Competition heats up in smart-cards News & Analysis 6/17/2009 Post a comment Competition in the smart card market remains as fierce as ever for applications including SIM cards, ID, access, payment & banking cards, transportation and pay TV, according to market research group IMS (Wellingborough, England).
Letter to the editor: iSuppli predicts end of Moore's Law News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment ISuppli's prediction that Moore's Law will run out of steam for economic reasons in 2014 may well be true for consumer, commercial and industrial goods, but it would be interesting to get a bunch of industry heads together brainstorming on what kind of special applications might make use of finer geometries and justify the investment.
ISuppli: Gear costs to derail Moore's Law in 2014 News & Analysis 6/16/2009 5 comments Moore's Law, which has held as the benchmark for IC scaling for more than 40 years, will cease to drive semiconductor manufacturing after 2014, when the high cost of chip manufacturing equipment will catch up with the industry and make it economically unfeasible to do volume production of devices with feature sizes smaller than 18 nanometers, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Trio set to demo femtocell interoperability News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment Three leading players in the emerging femtocells business, chip designer picoChip, mobile packet core router provider Starent Networks Corp., and Continuous Computing, have collaborated on what they suggest is the first demonstration of the latest 3GPP Iuh standard.
Nemotek starts wafer level packaging in Morocco News & Analysis 6/16/2009 Post a comment Nemotek Technologie, the Rabat, Morocco-based company readying production of wafer level lenses and cameras , has qualified the first parts at its newly built manufacturing and packaging facility, and expects to start shipping devices in the fourth quarter of this year.
Imagination sparks up video codec line-up News & Analysis 6/15/2009 Post a comment Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) will embed the Spark video decoder from Sorenson Media (San Diego, Calif.) in future versions of its Power VR VXD video decoder IP cores.
Author of Digital Britain blueprint set to leave government News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Lord (Stephen) Carter, the man brought in some eight months ago to beef up the U.K.'s communications and media industry policy and who is due to present his long awaited and much anticipated Digital Britain report next week, is set to leave the government soon after the document is published.
Actel cuts second quarter sales target News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Actel cut its second quarter sales guidance, saying it now expects to report revenue of between $44.1 million and $46 million, a decline of 5 to 9 percent compared to the first quarter.
Rambus, EC close on patent dispute deal News & Analysis 6/12/2009 Post a comment Rambus (Los Altos, Calif.) has agreed to cut its royalties on some parts to settle a long running and high-profile dispute with European antitrust regulators and will thus avoid paying a fine.
Skyworks unveils 2-stage low noise amplifiers with high linearity Product News 6/12/2009 Post a comment Fabricated using Skyworks' advanced pHEMT process, the small and cost-effective products serve a number of demanding receiver applications, including global positioning systems (GPS), satellite digital audio radio services, WCDMA and LTE infrastructure platforms, and ISM base stations, repeaters and access points.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.