Chip market still shrinking versus 2011, says SIA News & Analysis 7/4/2012 1 comment The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.4 billion for the month of May 2012, 3.4 percent lower than in May 2011, but a 1.4 percent increase over the prior month when sales were $24.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Analyst lowers chip market forecast for 2012 News & Analysis 7/2/2012 2 comments Actual global chip sales for May 2012 are likely to be reported at about 3 percent lower than the same month in 2011, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Terahertz emitter harnesses 45-nm CMOS News & Analysis 7/2/2012 3 comments Texas Instrument has demonstrated a terahertz-range emitter which could be a step toward creating silicon-based terahertz-range emitters and detectors that could downsize millimeter-wavelength devices for a wide variety of applications beyond airport security including safer medical and dental imaging along with a whole array of industrial and environmental applications aimed at detecting hazardous substances.
Micron confirms Elpida deal, also plans Rexchip purchase News & Analysis 7/2/2012 9 comments Memory chip company Micron has confirmed that it has signed a definitive "sponsor agreement" to acquire and support Japan's Elpida for $2.5 billion. Micron said it will also buy a 24 percent share of Taiwanese DRAM fab Rexchip from Powerchip Technology Corp. for approximately $334 million.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.