NXP makes positive notes with debt reduction plan News & Analysis 6/4/2009 Post a comment In a trading update associated with attempts to further reduce its debt burden by purchasing notes for up to $300 million in cash, NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) suggested that its second quarter sales could be 25 percent up on that achieved the previous three months.
WSTS sees return to semis growth in Q1, 2010 News & Analysis 6/4/2009 Post a comment Global sales of semiconductors are expected to fall by 21.6 percent to $194.8 billion this year, according to revised figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, who also suggest an increase next year in shipments to $209 billion, representing growth of 7.3 percent.
Wolfson stock rises as market hears about Nokia deal News & Analysis 6/4/2009 Post a comment Shares in Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland) rose sharply on the London stock exchange as the maker of mixed signal chips revealed that Nokia is using the company's myZone ambient noise cancellation technology in the latest Bluetooth Stereo Headset , the Nokia BH-905.
Crisis will change the way chips are designed, Synopsys CEO predicts News & Analysis 6/3/2009 1 comment As if the current economic recession weren't challenging enough, the semiconductor industry is also headed for increasing challenges from higher design costs and production at smaller geometries, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys, speaking at the GSA & IET Semiconductor Forum.
More cool stuff News & Analysis 6/3/2009 Post a comment Algebra Solver... Hydraulic Computer... Geek Atlas ... sending messages back through time ... and other "stuff."
Groups partner for MEMS processing module News & Analysis 6/3/2009 Post a comment The Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronics Circuits and Systems (Duisburg, Germany) and Edinburgh, Scotland-based Point 35 Microstructures have collaborated to develop a process module for advanced MEMS manufacturing.
Altera shipping Stratix IV GT FPGAs Product News 6/3/2009 Post a comment Altera has begun shipping Stratix IV GT FPGAs, which the company claims offer the industry's highest density and system-bandwidth for bandwidth-heavy 40G/100G applications.
Netbook hopefuls dive into Computex News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment On the opening day of Computex, a handful of semiconductor companies announced new chips and software for netbooks and other mobile systems but software issues surrounding Adobe Flash and Linux still dog some of the mobile designs, and one underscored the cloud still hanging above the computer industry.
Intel outlines ultra-thin future News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment The future is 'ultra-thin' according to Intel executive vice president Sean Maloney, who used a keynote at this week's Computex trade fair in Taipei, Taiwan, to highlight new processors, including an ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processor, three new Core 2 Duo mobile processors, and a low-power mobile chipset.
WiMax interoperability, roaming trials gather pace News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment Fourteen companies involved in the development of chips and device equipment and running of mobile WiMAX networks have linked in the first commercial WiMAX interoperability and roaming trials, the WiMAX Forum said at its global congress this week in Amsterdam.
CSR extends CVC capability, headset chips range News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) has started using the fifth generation of its Clear Voice Capture (CVC) noise suppression technology in devices and has deployed it in a range of advanced ROM chips for the Bluetooth mono headset market.
Micron selling majority stake in sensor unit News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment Micron Technology has reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in its imaging solutions business, Aptina Imaging, to a pair of private equity firms, the company said. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Private equity firm bids for MathStar News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Private equity firm Tiberius Capital II has commenced a tender offer to acquire controlling interest in MathStar, the programmable logic vendor that ceased operations last year, the firm said.
AMD rolls six-core server CPUs News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first six-core, single-threaded server processors, on the heels of archrival Intel Corp.'s debut in late March 30 of its Xeon 5500 chips that sport four, dual-threaded cores.
Analysis: AMD's fab-light strategy; myth vs. reality News & Analysis 6/1/2009 2 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is already benefitting from its decision to spin off the manufacturing operation but it will take years before the company gets to reap the full benefits of its fabless manufacturing strategy due to the nature of its relationship with spin off GlobalFoundries Inc.
MIPS backs Android at Computex News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment Android will get a boost at Computex in Taipei this week as MIPS Technologies announces it will help port the software to a range of MIPS-based processors, starting with chips from RMI and Sigma Designs.
Visibility still limited for IC sales, says SIA chief News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment George Scalise, president of the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reiterated that "visibility remains limited" for the global semiconductor market while welcoming the latest figures indicating that sales increased in April by 6.4 percent to $16.54 billion.
Chip sales see 6.4% improvement in April News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales in April was $15.64 billion, up 6.4 percent on that achieved the previous month, and the second straight monthly improvement, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Freescale, Qualcomm mint smartbooks at Computex News & Analysis 6/1/2009 2 comments At Computex, Freescale and Qualcomm are minting a new term—smartbooks--for the ARM- and Linux-based portables their customers are designing that are bigger than smart phones, smaller than notebooks and different than netbooks.