Vishay-IR deal could end or turn nasty News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment Now that International Rectifier Corp. has formally rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s purchase offer, the two companies must now chart separate paths or seek ways to revive the $1.6 billion transaction.
Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech News & Analysis 8/29/2008 Post a comment A U.S. District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling invalidating a charge pump patent held by Linear Technology, according to a Advanced Analogic Technologies. (AnalogicTech), a provider of power management ICs for mobile consumer devices.
Atmel rolls out 1.8-V 8-Mbit serial flash Product News 8/28/2008 Post a comment With a low-voltage operating range of 1.65V to 1.95V, Atmel's 8-Mbit serial flash operates at the same voltage range as many current and upcoming sub-90nm ASICs and processors/controllers, which allows system designers to finally create applications that can use a single supply voltage for all components in the system while also saving a significant amount of cost.
How 'reorganized' is AMD? News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc's reorganization of its entire operation appears to be drawing to a close with the pending announcement of the asset-light manufacturing strategy but questions persist on how much the semiconductor company has changed and whether the steps taken were sufficient to improve the company's competitive position in the microprocessor and graphics IC markets. Will AMD complete one round of reorganization and have to immediately embark upon another?
Prosecutors reportedly search UMC offices News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Taiwan prosecutors have visited the headquarters of foundry United Microelectronics in Hsinchu, Taiwan, as well as the company's office in Taipei as part of probe into the company's investments, according to a Reuters report.
China readies first multicore Godson CPUs News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Chinese researchers are preparing the first multicore versions of Godson, the country's first homegrown microprocessor, with a four- and eight-core designs scheduled to tape out in the coming months. China hopes to build a petaflops high-performance computer based on the Godson-3 in 2010.
European ECU market sees continuing boom News & Analysis 8/26/2008 Post a comment The European market for automotive electronic control units (ECUs) for powertrains and will grow at a rate of 10.9 percent over the next seven years, predicts market researcher Frost & Sullivan. Growth drivers are the drivers demand for more comfort as well as "green" legislation.
Judge urges ban on importation of SiRF GPS chips News & Analysis 8/25/2008 Post a comment A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has recommended that the ITC bar the importation into the U.S. of chips from SiRF Technology Holdings that infringe on patents held by a Broadcom subsidiary.
Op amps integrate EMI filters Product News 8/25/2008 Post a comment National Semiconductor has introduced three op amps with integrated EMI filters that maintain the accuracy of analog systems by reducing the effects of RF interference.
Industrial motors power chip market shows 9% annual growth News & Analysis 8/25/2008 Post a comment The market for power semiconductors in industrial motor drives is set to grow from $1 billion in 2007 to $1.3 billion in 2010, with the growth mainly driven by an increasing fraction of motors electronic drives, according to IMS Research (Wellingborough, England). Those figures imply a annual growth rate of about 9.1 percent.
Freescale loses second senior exec in weeks News & Analysis 8/24/2008 Post a comment Less than two weeks after a top executive announced he was resigning his post at Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the company says it is losing another top manager, the latest in a string of executive deepartures since former chairman and CEO Michel Mayer left in February.
Intel, AMD race to put graphics in notebook CPUs Product News 8/22/2008 Post a comment Intel Corp. will release late next year a notebook CPU that combines two microprocessors with a graphics accelerator and archrival Advanced Micro Devices says it will debut a similar chip in the architectural race to mix and match types of processor cores in a single product.
Intel, Microsoft describe parallel progress News & Analysis 8/22/2008 3 comments Intel and Microsoft discussed new tools, languages and other advances at the Intel Developer Forum to take the companies a step down the long road to creating a new parallel programming model for tomorrow's multicore processors.
LDOs target automotive applications Product News 8/22/2008 Post a comment ON Semiconductor delivers AEC-Q100-qualified LDOs with power-on reset options, built-in protection and quiescent currents down to 22 uA for automotive modules requiring very low ignition-off currents.
Opinion: ST, Ericsson should set their new JV free News & Analysis 8/21/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson LM need to explore the possibility of setting up their new joint venture as a completely independent private or public entity to ensure it can raise the resources and engage in the partnerships required to adequately compete in today's market.
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.