Circadian Solar prepares for pilot production News & Analysis 6/21/2011 1 comment Circadian Solar prepares for pilot production Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems supplier, Circadian Solar, has taken on additional premises in the UK in preparation for pilot production of its concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems.
Analyst: low yield drove Globalfoundries change News & Analysis 6/21/2011 7 comments Management changes recently announced at Globalfoundries Inc. are related to problems with the yield of chips made using a 32-nm process and the slowness of creating a foundry-like operation at the Globalfoundries' Dresden facility in Germany, according to analysts at Nomura Equity Research.
Gartner: chip market to grow 5.1% in 2011 News & Analysis 6/21/2011 1 comment The global semiconductor market will be $315 billion in 2011, an increase of 5.1 percent on 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. This is down from Gartner's previous forecast, given in the first quarter, for 6.2 percent growth this year.
Samsung to pay Spansion $150M in settlement News & Analysis 6/20/2011 2 comments South Korea's Samsung Electronics agreed to payl pay Spansion $150 million over five years as part of a seven-year patent cross licensing agreement that settles all ongoing litigation between the two companies.
CSR cuts offer for Zoran News & Analysis 6/17/2011 8 comments CSR decreased the value of its offer to acquire Zoran in the face of Zoran's falling earnings. CSR's new offer is valued at about $484, a decrease of nearly 29 percent from the original offer of $679 million.
Smartphone processor sales surged in Q1 News & Analysis 6/17/2011 Post a comment Global revenue from smartphone applications processors reached $1.68 billion in the first quarter, up a whopping 108 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010, while cellular baseband sales grew 20 percent year-to-year, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Chip equipment book-to-bill slips News & Analysis 6/17/2011 Post a comment North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.62 billion in orders on a three-month average basis in May and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.97, according to the fab tool trade group SEMI.
Globalfoundries changes CEO, preps $6-bn spend News & Analysis 6/16/2011 20 comments Globalfoundries Inc. and its majority shareholder, the Abu Dhabi controlled Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC), have announced Ajit Manocha has been appointed interim CEO. The move is part of a leadership change that sees James Norling becoming executive chairman of the board and Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC, appointed vice chairman.
AMD makes Fusion CPU, GPU agnostic News & Analysis 6/15/2011 9 comments Microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has declared that Fusion, its flagship processor project whereby it has combined x86 and graphics processors, will be CPU and GPU agnostic.
GPS system with IMUs tracks first responders News & Analysis 6/15/2011 5 comments TRX Systems unveiled a plan using Analog Devices' inertial measurement units to enable people or things to be tracked with pinpoint accuracy regardless of whether they are outside, inside or in the presence of electronic jamming.
Q1 fab tool bookings declined sequentially News & Analysis 6/15/2011 Post a comment Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings increased on both a sequential and annual basis in the first quarter, but bookings declined sequentially, according to the SEMI trade group.
Court finds for AWR over ZTE in piracy case News & Analysis 6/14/2011 4 comments In a landmark ruling, a U.S. federal court found that China’s ZTE is liable for its employees using an unauthorized key code to access and use software marketed by high-frequency EDA vendor AWR.
Apple agrees to license Nokia patents News & Analysis 6/14/2011 5 comments Apple will make a one-time payment and pay on-going royalties of undisclosed amounts in a patent licensing agreement with Nokia that settles all patent litigation between the two companies.
Chromebook’s hardware is key, teardown finds News & Analysis 6/13/2011 23 comments Samsung’s Series 5 Chromebook--the first of a new class of computers that use only Web-based apps and services--carries a bill of materials of $322.12 and features hardware very similar to a notebook, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli.
Freescale tailors MCU for Ethernet-based vehicle applications Product News 6/13/2011 1 comment In the run-up to its annual Technology Forum event, Freescale semiconductor has announced a new microcontroller family aiming at automotive applications. Featuring Ethernet connectivity and video compression, the MPC5604E is intended to make parking assistant systems more affordable.
Tools harness power of APU Product News 6/13/2011 Post a comment AMD has announced software development tools and solutions to enable developers to optimise their applications for OpenCL standards. It claims these advanced tools create a foundation for software companies to realise the full potential of the AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), harnessing the compute power of the heterogeneous computing platforms.
Mobile audio initiative deploys high performance mixed signal technology News & Analysis 6/13/2011 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor is stepping up its efforts to address what the company claims is one of the most significant challenges facing audio applications in the mobile industry today – the need to meet consumer demand for multimedia mobile devices that offer smaller speakers, sound louder and better, while minimizing impact on battery life.
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.