AMI to buy ultra-low power SRAM business News & Analysis 7/31/2006 Post a comment AMI Semiconductor said it has entered into an agreement to acquire the ultra-low power six-transistor SRAM and medical system-on-chip ASIC businesses of NanoAmp Solutions for approximately $21 million in cash, plus an adjustment for closing inventory of the business.
Giga-tronics posts loss News & Analysis 7/31/2006 Post a comment Microwave components supplier Gigatronics Inc. reported a net loss of $1.0 million, or 21 cents per fully diluted share for the first fiscal 2007 quarter ending June 24, 2006. This compares with a net profit of $0.2 million, or 4 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Power Integrations faces delisting News & Analysis 7/31/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Power Integrations faces delisting from the Nasdaq exchange after stating it does not expect to update its SEC filings by the previously announced deadline of Aug. 2, 2006.
Ikanos acquires Doradus technologies News & Analysis 7/31/2006 Post a comment Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
DC/DC controller for all n-channel MOSFETs drives 20-amp applications Product News 7/28/2006 Post a comment Linear Technology's LTC3822 is a 750-kHz step-down DC/DC controller that's suited for driving all n-channel MOSFETs in 20-amp applications. The synchronous device further improves efficiency by using MOSFET drain-to-source resistance for current-sensing, doing away with the sense resistor traditionally employed.
Mosaid seeks dismissal of Micron complaint News & Analysis 7/27/2006 Post a comment Mosaid Technologies Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss Micron Technology Inc.'s Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division on July 24, 2006.
Conexant loss widens despite higher sales, margins News & Analysis 7/27/2006 Post a comment Broadband communications semiconductor supplier Conexant Systems Inc. reported a GAAP net loss of $67.1 million, or 14 cents per share on sales of $251.6 million in its third fiscal quarter ended June 30. By comparison, Conexant lost $10.1 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $242.6 million in the previous quarter.
Commentary: Boom time for U.K. chip groups News & Analysis 7/27/2006 Post a comment Things are on the up for the UKís small band of chip designers, Intellectual Property licensors and manufacturers. Over the past few days, ARM , Wolfson Microelectronics and Cambridge Silicon Radio have reported stellar performances for the first half of the year.
Microcontroller reset IC meets core requirements Product News 7/27/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology says its RNA50C27AUS is the industry's first reset IC that incorporates a core power-on sequencing function for microcontrollers that operate core logic circuits
from a 1.8-volt power supply and I/O peripheral circuits from a 3.3-volt supply.
Stand-alone differential encoder ICs cut cost, real-estate overheads Product News 7/27/2006 Post a comment Product Review - Inphi Corporation's 13650DE and 13651DE, which the company says remain the only stand-alone differential phase shift keying (DPSK) and Duobinary encoders in the industry, are now offered in a QFN plastic package to cut cost and footprint and to provide a measure of compatibility with the company's new 13-series flip flops for use in NRZ applications.
Atmel, Tundra team on interconnects News & Analysis 7/26/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor suppliers Atmel Corp. and Tundra Semiconductor Corp. have made an agreement enabling Atmel to deliver leading-edge system interconnect products to the extended-reliability markets.
Profits tumble at UTAC News & Analysis 7/26/2006 Post a comment United Test and Assembly Center announced its 12th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, but said profits slipped due to relocation expenses and weakness in its memory business.
South Korea's Core Logic licenses Java News & Analysis 7/26/2006 Post a comment Core Logic, one of South Korea's leading mobile multimedia SoC companies, said it has licensed Java Platform, Micro Edition (ME) technology from Sun Microsystems to help accelerate the expansion of Java technology in the mobile market
Buck regulator-with-LDO chip eases slim wireless designs Product News 7/25/2006 Post a comment ON Semiconductor's NCP1526 is a synchronous buck regulator with LDO for powering "application microprocessors" and associated RF circuitry in higher density multimedia portable devices such as portable media players (PMPs), MP3 players and DMB or DVB-H mobile TV chipsets in cellular phones.
IDT acquires SigmaTel's codec lines News & Analysis 7/25/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Integrated Device Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire SigmaTel's AC-97 and High Definition Audio (HD-Audio) PC and Notebook audio codec product lines, for $72 million in cash.
Micron seeks damages from Mosaid News & Analysis 7/25/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor IP company Mosaid Technologies Inc. announced that Micron Technology Inc. filed a complaint for Declaratory Judgment in the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, seeking to declare 14 of Mosaid's U.S. patents invalid.
Future Horizons scales back 2006 growth forecast News & Analysis 7/25/2006 Post a comment Market research group Future Horizons has lowered its bullish forecast for semiconductor growth in 2006 to 14 percent from the 20 percent it predicted in January, coming significantly closer to the consensus of industry watchers of between 9 and 11 percent growth for the year.
JTAG/boundary-scan software supports Altera USB Blaster Product News 7/25/2006 Post a comment If you're embedding IEEE-1149.x JTAG boundary-scan testability into FPGAs, GoPEL has a software option for its existing software suite that supports Altera's popular USB-Blaster download cable. It lets the USB Blaster be used as a native JTAG/boundary-scan controller.
Chip switches USB 2.0, audio signals in single package Product News 7/25/2006 Post a comment Pericom recently developed 3.3-V devices that it claims are the first to support both USB 2.0 High Speed and high-fidelity audio signals in a single chip. Housed in a 3.5-mm X 1.5-mm TDFN package, the PI3USB411 and PI3USB412 are aimed at handheld applications such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
Chipset boosts mid-power DC/DCs Product News 7/25/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier's 30-volt synchronous buck converter chipset (IRF6631 control MOSFET and IRF6638 synchronous MOSFET) brings higher efficiency and thermal performance at intermediate current levels (below 18 amps) for higher density notebook and desktop computers and telecom and datacom equipment.
TI results meet guidance News & Analysis 7/24/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Texas Instruments Inc. posted second quarter sales of $3.7 billion, up 11 percent sequentially and 24 percent from a year ago. Earnings from continuing operations were $2.4 million or 47 cents per share, up 42 percent sequentially and 34 percent from a year ago.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí 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.