Spansion Q2 2012 earnings News & Analysis 7/31/2012 2 comments Memory maker Spansion reported Q2 2012 revenue up 11 percent from Q1 to $233.4 million. Net income of $26 million compared with a first-quarter loss of $13.1 million.
UMC seeks partners, offers 10% share in business News & Analysis 7/30/2012 1 comment Foundry chip maker UMC has announced that it is offering a private equity placement for up to 10 percent of the company. There has been speculation that Qualcomm could be persuaded to purchase the stock as a means of investing in manufacturing.
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS News & Analysis 7/30/2012 2 comments Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Semtech rolls sub-GHz multi-PHY mode transceiver Product News 7/30/2012 1 comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech Corp. said it has introduced the SX1257, a low power digital I/Q RF multi-mode PHY transceiver. Suitable for smart metering applications, the SX1257 supports mandatory and optional 802.15.4g PHY modes, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Auto IC gains breathe new life into car market News & Analysis 7/27/2012 5 comments Entrenched suppliers like ST, Freescale and Renesas are providing new kinds of auto electronics that are sustaining the global car market. That will make it harder for aspiring Chinese suppliers to enter a market with high barriers to entry.
TI makes good on NS buy to lead industrial sector News & Analysis 7/25/2012 1 comment Market research firm IHS iSuppli, in its latest report, has confirmed Texas Instruments’ purchase of National Semiconductor has boosted TI’s market share, reinforcing its dominance in 2011, as its revenue from the industrial electronics chip space grew to $2.2 billion, up 24.9 percent from $1.8 billion a year earlier.
Losses up at NXP on increased sales News & Analysis 7/25/2012 2 comments Mixed-signal chip company NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has posted an increased loss on sales that climbed sequentially in the second quarter but were down year-on-year.
Micron's Elpida buy carries risks, says IHS News & Analysis 7/25/2012 1 comment Micron move to acquire Elpida Memory is a bold one that carries risk, particularly if the integration and technology transfer does not go smoothly, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Globalfoundries to expand N.Y. fab News & Analysis 7/25/2012 1 comment Globalfoundries announced it would move forward with additional construction of its Fab 8 campus in upstate New York, a move that will bring the total manufacturing capacity of the facility to 300,000 square feet.
Broadcom not threatened by Samsung's CSR buy News & Analysis 7/25/2012 9 comments Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor downplayed speculation that Samsung's acquisition of CSR's mobile business posed a threat to the company's business following Broadcom's better-than-expected second quarter financial report.
ST trims losses, cuts capex News & Analysis 7/24/2012 3 comments A combination of continued losses and renewed market softness for Europe's leading chip company STMicroelectronics NV has led the company to make a 25 percent cut in its capital expenditure budget for 2012.
Mindspeed cuts 15% of workforce News & Analysis 7/24/2012 3 comments Network infrastructure chip vendor Mindspeed Technologies announced plans to cut more than 80 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to reduce costs.
TI: Customers holding off on new orders News & Analysis 7/23/2012 8 comments Despite lean inventors, OEM customers and distributors are being cautious about new purchase orders, executives from Texas Instruments said as the company provided a third quarter sales target that fell short of analysts' expectations.
Cisco to cut another 1,300 jobs News & Analysis 7/23/2012 5 comments Networking giant Cisco Systems said it plans to cut about 1,300 jobs, or roughly 2 percent of its global workforce, in connection with ongoing restructuring at the company.
Ramtron extends Fram agreement with Rohm News & Analysis 7/23/2012 Post a comment Ferroelectric random access memory supplier Ramtron has entered into a new manufacturing and license partnering agreement with Rohm Co., Ltd. to manufacture Fram-based semiconductor products for Ramtron on Rohm’s Fram manufacturing line.
Power semi market worth $20B in 2012, says Yole News & Analysis 7/20/2012 1 comment The market for discrete semiconductors, module and ICs dedicated to the power electronics industry will reach $20 billion in 2012, according to market research firm Yole Developpement (Lyon, France).
IDC cuts 2012 chip market growth forecast News & Analysis 7/19/2012 1 comment IDC cut its forecast for 2012 semiconductor market growth, citing macroeconomic uncertainties such as the ongoing Eurozone crisis, lower global GDP growth and slowing in emerging markets.
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.