Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Thin Film offers passive plastic NVM
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 2 comments
Printed plastic memory pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the development of a passive array nonvolatile printable plastic memory that is describes as being suitable for secure documents.
SMIC trading halted after chairman's death
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 12 comments
Shares of Chinese chip foundry SMIC ceased trading at the company's request after it reported that its chairman died and that the company's president and CEO failed to win re-election to its board of directors.
Samsung takes Apple fight to ITC
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 9 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
IHS: Full Japan quake recovery by September
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 6 comments
The electronics industry supply chain is expected to be completely recovered from the after effects of the March 11 earthquake in Japan by the end of the third quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Spreadtrum targeted by Muddy Waters report
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments
Nasdaq-traded Chinese fabless chip company Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has been targeted by Muddy Waters LLC, a brokerage firm that has declared a short position in the company and published an open letter to the chairman.
ST's fast-write EEPROM for low-cost blackbox recorders simplifies design
Product News 6/28/2011 1 comment
The new M35B32 EEPROM from STMicroelectronics has a unique ultra-fast recording feature for storing important data during unexpected events. Its uses include recovering system data when a sudden power failure occurs, and ‘black-box’ recorders that help identify the causes of equipment failures or accidents.
Energy efficiency may require 'cool factor'
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 27 comments
The Smart Energy Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum addressed the issue of smarter energy efficiency by asking its panelists to expound on the question: What is the biggest hurdle to action?
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
Adesto ready to ramp CBRAM, with Altis
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 4 comments
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup company developing conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, has announced that it will ship products this year manufactured by foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA.
Wolfson issues warning over slow sales
News & Analysis 6/27/2011 4 comments
Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
Freescale's makeover: How's it look?
News & Analysis 6/26/2011 32 comments
CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
Power transistor market set to grow 9% in 2011
News & Analysis 6/24/2011 6 comments
The global market for power transistors is set to reach $13.1 billion in 2011, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc., an increase of 9 percent over 2010, which itself was a 44 percent increase over the market in 2009.
Tilera launches many-core 64-bit processor
Product News 6/24/2011 3 comments
Fabless many-core processor vendor Tilera Corp. has launched its Tile-Gx 3000 family of 40-nm processors claiming they provide a 10-fold improvement over Intel's SandyBridge processor in terms of performance-per-watt.
Nvidia quit PC benchmarking consortium, too
News & Analysis 6/23/2011 9 comments
Nvidiay left PC benchmarking consortium Business Applications Performance Corp., the organization now engaged in a war of words with Advanced Micro Devices after AMD exited the group earlier this week.
ST-Ericsson tips restructuring plan
News & Analysis 6/23/2011 2 comments
ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson AB, has said it will implement cost savings to reduce annualized costs by about $120 million by the end of 2012. Up to 500 jobs are expected to be affected on a staff roster of about 6,700.
China white-box handset market in decline
News & Analysis 6/22/2011 4 comments
After a couple of recent profit warnings from white-box – or unbranded – handset manufacturers Nomura Equity Research has concluded that China's handset OEMs are facing structural problems.
PLX, Avago demo PCI Express over fiber
News & Analysis 6/21/2011 Post a comment
Chip makers PLX Technology and Avago Technologies announced a collaboration using optics to demonstrate PCI Express extending beyond its dominant role within the box to a cabled box-to-box solution.
IHS raises chip market growth forecast
News & Analysis 6/21/2011 4 comments
The global semiconductor market will be worth $325.9 billion in 2011, an increase of 7.2 percent on a market of $304.1 million 2010, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. This is up from the previous IHS iSuppli outlook issued in April, which predicted revenue would rise by 7 percent for the year.
Chinese fabless firm selects western foundry
News & Analysis 6/21/2011 13 comments
Southwest Integrated Circuit Design Co. Ltd. (SWID), a fabless IC chip company in Chongqing, China, has selected silicon-germanium BiCMOS manufacturing process technologies for its next radio frequency ICs and to have them manufactured in Newport Beach, California.