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.
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.