SHA-1 EEPROM offers bidirectional authentication Product News 7/31/2007 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the DS28CN01, a secure memory device that provides bidirectional challenge-and-response authentication protection by using the internationally recognized SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm) cryptographic algorithm.
Cyan raises funds for overseas expansion News & Analysis 7/31/2007 Post a comment Cyan Holdings, the fabless semiconductor group that develops low powered, configurable microcontrollers, has raised £5.3 million ($10.7 million) of working capital in a share placing on London's AIM market.
Nvidia closing the gap on Intel in graphics chips News & Analysis 7/31/2007 Post a comment Nvidia has made significant gains during the second quarter in graphics chip shipments and is closing the gap on market leader Intel while AMD continued to lose ground compared to its share in the corresponding quarter last year.
High-accuracy AC current sensors save board space Product News 7/30/2007 Post a comment Silicon Laboratories has introduced the Si8500 family of low-loss, high-accuracy AC current sensors for a wide range of power applications. The Si8500 integrates the functional equivalent of a current transformer circuit into a 4 x 4 x 1-mm QFN package.
Stanford confabs explore multi-core CPUs, nets News & Analysis 7/30/2007 Post a comment The Hot Chips and Hot Interconnects conferences have posted their programs that will provide a look inside some of today's leading multi-core processors and research in on- and off-chip networks future versions of such CPUs may use.
IC Insights sees big shakeup in 1H07 chip ranking News & Analysis 7/30/2007 Post a comment Though there has been little movement among the top ten semiconductor suppliers during the first half of 2007 compared to 2006 rankings, market research group IC Insights says there has been some significant changes in the ranking amongst the next ten.
16-Gbit MLC NAND flash weighs in Teardown 7/30/2007 Post a comment
To meet increasing demand for more digital storage, leading flash memory manufacturers are touting their latest single-chip 16-Gbit MLC NAND flash devices. Earlier this year, Toshiba announced a 16-Gbit MLC NAND flash manufactured in the 56-nm process node. Samsung, meanwhile, introduced a 16-Gbit MLC NAND flash using a 51-nm process, a half a process node ahead of Toshiba's.
Simulator targets SoCs for handheld devices Product News 7/30/2007 Post a comment A simulator developed by the University of Southampton whose roots go back to research collaboration with another U.K. University, Newcastle, into developing interconnection technologies for multiprocessor SoCs, has been made available for download and is said to pave the way for more competitive handheld computing devices.
RF design team raises funds for CMOS PA initiative News & Analysis 7/30/2007 Post a comment Is it possible to make a CMOS power amplifier for 3G cell phone applications that can operate with the same power efficiency and robustness as a gallium arsenide version? ACCO Semiconductor (Saint Germain en Laye, France) believes it has found a way to do just that and with its patent applications in hand is hoping to reap the benefits in a multibillion dollar market.
Portable devices drive power management demand News & Analysis 7/27/2007 Post a comment Market research firm iSuppli Corp. projects the global power management semiconductor market to grow significantly over the next few years, driven in part by rising demand from portable electronic equipment manufacturers.
DRAM market plummets in Q2 by 25 percent News & Analysis 7/27/2007 Post a comment The commodity DRAM market fell be nearly 25 percent in the second quarter according to market tracker DRAMeXchange who blamed the huge decline on a massive 40 percent cut in the average selling prices of DDR 512Mbit parts.
Infineon, ARM extend mobile platform deal News & Analysis 7/26/2007 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc and Infineon Technologies AG have extended their licensing deal that will see the German chip maker moving from using its own proprietary solution in its low cost mobile phone platform to using ARM processors in the future.
Dollar's weakness impacts ARM's revenues, profits News & Analysis 7/26/2007 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc has managed to grow dollar revenues by 11 percent in the first half to $258.4 million in what the company describes as "a challenging industry backdrop" and said it is on track to achieve full year estimates provided the dollar/sterling exchange does not change significantly.
Startup challenges Intel in 10G Ethernet News & Analysis 7/25/2007 Post a comment A handful of Intel Corp.'s former competitors in the chip set business have formed a startup called ServerEngines that is rolling out a 10G Ethernet device that will vie for sockets with a part introduced recently by Intel.
Southampton team to advance nanoscale processes News & Analysis 7/25/2007 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Southampton's Electronics and Computing Science Department are to work on the integration of nanostructures with other emerging technologies such as MEMS and nanospintronics to develop more powerful and smaller devices when the University's Mountbatten Building opens next year.
Diversification pays dividends for CSR News & Analysis 7/25/2007 Post a comment Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc said it expects revenues to increase to between $230 million and $250 million in the third quarter as it announced sales for the half year ended June 29 reached $376 million, a 19 percent increase on the corresponding period last year. Gross profits were also up by 14 percent on H1 06 to $170.4 million.
ST posts hefty Q2 loss on spin-off charges News & Analysis 7/24/2007 Post a comment STMicroelectronics posted a huge loss in the second quarter due to a one-time charge related to the spin off of its flash memory business in a joint venture with Intel and the Francisco Partners. Revenue dropped from the year-ago quarter but improved from the first quarter on higher wireless and consumer sales.
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.