Japan to Form Power Device Initiative
News & Analysis 7/31/2013 11 comments
Unlike the CE market, there are no established testing procedures for power devices used in vehicles or other high-voltage, high-current infrastructure equipment. It could result in life and death issues, warned an Advantest executive.
SK Hynix Denies ReRAM Delay Report
News & Analysis 7/29/2013 10 comments
Korea's SK Hynix has denied the truth of a report that appears to push back the delivery of novel non-volatile memories back to 2015 at the earliest. However, the company is not giving out any timetable details.
Loss-Making ST Forecasts Flat for Q3
News & Analysis 7/23/2013 4 comments
As STMicroelectronics strives to move on from its wireless misadventure, the company has reported losses in its Q2 results and sees no sequential growth in Q3.
TI Looks for Q3 Sales Uptick
News & Analysis 7/23/2013 9 comments
Texas Instruments reported that second quarter sales were down 9 percent year-over-year, but the company forecast a third quarter sequential increase of about 6 percent.
MEMS Sensors Secure Structures
News & Analysis 7/19/2013 21 comments
Infrastructure monitoring firm Resensys claims to be preventing bridges from collapsing with advanced warning using wireless networks of micro-electro-mechanical system sensors and smart monitoring software.
Other Firms Prepare to Eat Apple's Lunch
News & Analysis 7/19/2013 54 comments
Shipments of Apple iPhones fell below expectations in the first quarter of 2013 and market analyst IHS reckons Apple is on track to lose market share in the rapidly growing market.
Graphene Said to Pose Health Hazard
News & Analysis 7/18/2013 25 comments
Toxicity studies conducted at Brown University find that graphene--a possible successor to silicon in future IC manufacturing--disrupts functions of living cells.
TSMC Forecasts Tepid Q3
News & Analysis 7/18/2013 4 comments
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said that demand for its wafers will "moderate" in the third quarter after it reported record sales and profits for 2Q13.
NEC Quits Smartphone Business
News & Analysis 7/17/2013 20 comments
NEC's withdrawal is a clear defeat for the Japanese company and its place in the global mobile industry where the changing of the guards has been apparent.
SRC, Intel Shrink Environmental Footprint of Chip Building
News & Analysis 7/16/2013 6 comments
Intel and Semiconductor Research Corp. have developed a semiconductor gas distribution system purging algorithm that cuts ultra-high purity gas usage 20-percent and the time required to purge by 30 percent, thus cutting costs while improving throughput.
MRAM Pioneer Doubles Funding
News & Analysis 7/16/2013 13 comments
French MRAM firm Crocus Technology has raised about $45 million, which it plans to use for volume production in Israel and R&D at its joint venture fab in Russia.
'Super WiFi' Comes to WVU
News & Analysis 7/9/2013 26 comments
West Virginia University has become the first university in the US to use low-frequency “white spaces,” left empty by TV stations that have switched to digital broadcasting, to offer Super WiFi.
How Hackers Can Take Control Over Your Car
News & Analysis 7/8/2013 71 comments
The automotive industry has yet to see a hacker compromising the safety of cars and drivers, because automobiles have not been network-connected until recently. But that doesn't mean it won't happen.
Dialog to Pay $310 Million for PMIC Pioneer
News & Analysis 7/2/2013 1 comment
Germany-based Dialog Semiconductor has agreed to buy power management IC pioneer iWatt for $310 million in cash plus up to an additional $35 million based on subsequent business performance.
For Durability Testing, Ford Turns to Robots
News & Analysis 7/1/2013 12 comments
Automotive companies are known as pioneers in robotic technologies. They’ve honed their robotic skills to improve their production lines. Now robots are going to work as test drivers, says Ford.