Toshiba to boost NAND production News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. will boost investment in its memory fab in Yokkaichi, increasing capacity to 30,000 300-mm wafers a month, or 40 percent more than previously planned.
Energy saving products highlight IR's mixed-growth revenue picture News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment While International Rectifier's total annual revenues grew just $100-million over last fiscal year (from $1.06 billion in fiscal 2004 to $1.17 billion in fiscal 2005), the company's biggest growth was reflected in energy-saving products, followed by computer industry products and those for military and aerospace customers. Alex Lidow is enthused about energy-saving products.
CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8729 is a fully integrated controller optimized to
drive multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) used in LCD monitor and TV applications. Using a topology that the company touts as unique, the controller works in a resonant mode during striking and switches over to a fixed-frequency mode after the lamps are lit to ensure reliable striking and operation under all conditions while reducing electrical stress on the transformer.
PLD vendor releases open IP core soft MCU Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment In a move to drive user development of its new 8-bit soft microcontroller core, Lattice Corp. is offering an open IP core license that eliminates the boundaries found in free reference designs that restricts the use of IP.
Tool kit modernizes PFC designs Product News 7/29/2005 Post a comment International Rectifier's IRAC1150-D2 power-factor-correction (PFC) control design kit, with a complementary design tool that can be accessed from the company's myPOWER online site, brings PFC designs up to date. "This reference design allows designers to immediately see the benefit of IR’s one-cycle control performance without a major redesign or spending a lot of time evaluating and prototyping a new PFC circuit," said Stephen Oliver, marketing manager for AC/DC products.
Microsemi posts big increase in quarterly net income News & Analysis 7/29/2005 Post a comment Microsemi reported fiscal 2005 third quarter net sales of $75.2 million, up 3 percent from the $73.3 million that the company reported for the second quarter and up 17 percent from the $64.1 million it reported for the same period in 2004.
Microtune, MicroLinear narrow losses as sales rebound News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment RF semiconductor supplier Microtune Inc. posted a net loss of $0.6 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $13.5 million in the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $12.2 million the previous quarter.
AMI Semi restructures business, sees profit shrink News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment Mixed-signal semiconductor supplier AMI Semiconductor has realigned its business by integrating its foundry services business into its mixed-signal business unit, a move the company said would offer customers a full range of options from applications-specific products to custom designs and foundry services.
Stand alone Li-ion chargers get even smaller Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Billed as a complete stand alone linear charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN, Linear Technology's LTC4065 and LTC4065A can deliver up to 750 mA for single-cell lithium-ion batteries and applications in digital still cameras, portable point-of-sale and diagnostic equipment, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld devices.
DRAM maker sampling 2-Gbit DDR2 DRAM Product News 7/28/2005 Post a comment Micron Technology Inc. is sampling 2-Gbit, DDR2 devices to a select server customer. The DRAM maker said the part, MT47H512M4HG, is designed to enable up to 8-Gbyte high density modules, providing more memory per server with less space and power consumption than current component offerings.
Mitsubishi sales up, but earnings fall News & Analysis 7/28/2005 Post a comment The slumping Japanese economy took its toll on Japanese electronics supplier Mitsubishi Electric Corp., which reported net income of $98.8 million on sales of $6.6 billion in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended June 30.
Storage growth boosts Q2 results for LSI Logic News & Analysis 7/27/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier LSI Logic Corp. posted second quarter 2005 net earnings of $25 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $481 million, compared to $5 million, or 1 cent per share on sales of $450 million the first quarter.
Conexant meets guidance, narrows loss News & Analysis 7/27/2005 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor supplier Conexant Systems Inc. posted a GAAP loss of $32.2 million, or 7 cents per share, on sales of $197.5 million in its third fiscal 2005 quarter ended July 1, compared to $73.2 million, or 16 cents per share on sales of $169.7 million in the previous quarter.
Fast parametric measurement-unit chips have small footprints Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Expanding an existing line of standards-based per-pin parametric measurement unit ICs, chip maker Semtech is dishing up a family of three PPMU devices. They're claimed to have extremely fast settling times and the smallest form-factors for 40-mA devices. The use of BiCMOS also permits them to accommodate a 16.25-V range.
IDT sales fall short of expectations News & Analysis 7/27/2005 Post a comment Communications IC supplier Integrated Device Technology (IDT) Inc. posted GAAP earnings of $6.6 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $93.8 million in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended July 6, compared with $6.2 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $97.0 million in the previous quarter.
Graphics chip sales edge up, says report News & Analysis 7/27/2005 Post a comment Shipments of PC graphics devices reached 61.4 million in the second quarter, up to 2 percent from the previous quarter and 12.9 percent over the year-ago quarter, according to a report by Jon Peddie Research.
Flash-based FPGA to integrate analog functions Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment In the next six to nine months, Actel Corp. will unveil products that employ its latest technology called Fusion, which combines mixed-signal analog capabilities with flash memory and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) fabric in a monolithic programmable system chip (PSC).
Hynix reportedly sees Q2 profit fall 62 percent News & Analysis 7/27/2005 Post a comment South Korea semiconductor supplier Hynix Semiconductor saw its second-quarter net profit plunge 62 percent from a year ago due to a steep decline in memory-chip prices amid a supply glut, according to several online reports.
Buck regulator claims new size-efficiency high Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Using a new analog process, Texas Instruments' TPS62110, a 1.5-amp DC/DC step-down regulator IC, boasts an efficiency of 95 percent to extend battery life in industrial handhelds, portable test equipment, and consumer devices powered by two- to three-cell lithium-based batteries or a 12-volt power source. TI says the device achieves the smallest solution size with highest power efficiency over a wide input range.
ARC trims losses and confirms good outlook News & Analysis 7/27/2005 Post a comment Configurable processor IP licensor ARC International confirmed its revenues for the six months ended June 30 were £5.4 million ($9.4 million), down 13 percent compared with the same period last year.
SPDT switch module spans 20GHz Product News 7/27/2005 Post a comment Designed for military EW/ECM, space, wideband telecom, industrial, microwave radio, and test equipment applications, this GaAs MMIC switch offers high performance for rugged applications.
STMicro posts second quarter profit News & Analysis 7/26/2005 Post a comment STMicroelectronics reported net revenue of $2.16 billion for the second quarter, up 3.8 percent first quarter revenue and down nominally from the same period a year ago.
Actel sales up 3% in Q2 News & Analysis 7/26/2005 Post a comment Chip maker Actel Corp. reported net revenues of $45.3 million for the second quarter of 2005, up 4 percent from the second quarter of 2004 and up 3 percent from the first quarter of 2005.
Atmel to cut costs amid huge Q2 loss News & Analysis 7/26/2005 Post a comment Atmel Corp. said that it is looking to cut costs amid ongoing losses in its chip business. The company is looking at layoffs, R&D cuts and a shift towards chip outsourcing with outside silicon foundries.
Semico sees upswing for ICs thru 2008 News & Analysis 7/26/2005 Post a comment Semico Research Corp.’s new Inflection Point Indicator (IPI) model shows two years of moderate growth for the worldwide semiconductor industry in 2005 and 2006, followed by a strong double-digit upswing in 2007 and 2008.
Agere posts profit on tax benefit News & Analysis 7/26/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Agere Corp. recorded net income of $120 million, or 66 cents per share, on sales of $433 million in its third 2005 fiscal quarter ended June, compared with a net loss of $68 million, or 38 cents per share on sales of $417 million the previous quarter.
Infineon's third quarter losses wider than expected News & Analysis 7/26/2005 Post a comment Infineon Technologies revealed wider-than-expected losses for its third quarter, blaming weak memory prices, further deterioration in its security and chip-card unit and the cost of phasing out production at its Munich-Perlach facility.
Window comparator triggers pulse-width to voltage converter News & Analysis 7/25/2005 Post a comment Analog circuits are often used to advantage to offload tasks from microcomputers freeing them up to concentrate on higher priority tasks while the analog circuit performs its function independent of the microcomputer, writes a Linear Technology Corp engineer in July's Planet Analog magazine. But when an event or condition requires the analog circuit to generate an interrupt to request the microcomputer’s attention, it must be capable of responding in a fast time window — and in a way
TI beats expectations as sales up 9% News & Analysis 7/25/2005 Post a comment Citing strong growth for its digital signal processor (DSP) products, Texas Instruments Inc. reported revenue of $3.239 billion for the second quarter, up 9 percent sequentially and about even with the year-ago quarter.
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.