Novellus warns of 'incremental caution'
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 Post a comment
Fab tool maker Novellus Systems narrowed its third quarter sales target to the low end of previously guided range as the company's CEO warned that customers were being "incrementally cautious."
Analyst sees upside in 2H11 chip market
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 1 comment
Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, a consultancy formed by analyst Bill Jewell, sees some positive signs for the electronics economy in the second-half of 2011, but has nonetheless reduced its global chip market growth forecast for 2011 to 4 percent from a previous forecast of 9 percent.
MediaTek aims at 'partnership' with Philips
News & Analysis 8/31/2011 2 comments
Consumer chip company MediaTek Inc. has announced it has achieved a design win with consumer electronics company Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and is planning to develop "a long-term and close partnership with Philips."
ADI, TI DSPs debut for less than $2
Product News 8/30/2011 2 comments
Two major DSP vendors—Analog Devices and Texas Instruments—have drastically cut price tags on its latest processors in an effort to bring sophisticated signal processing to a broader range of cost-sensitive applications.
A&O power chip firm to buy Oregon fab
News & Analysis 8/29/2011 4 comments
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd., a power semiconductor IC vendor with strong connections in China, has said it intends to buy a 200-mm wafer fab owned by Integrated Device Technology Inc. and located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The lowdown on Telegent: Split three ways
News & Analysis 8/25/2011 Post a comment
Telegent did not crash and burn. The startup which distributed $100 million among shareholders and employees was a "success," say former managers and Reed Hundt, the ex-FCC chairman who served as a Telegent board member.
Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO
News & Analysis 8/24/2011 42 comments
Steve Jobs, the visionary and iconic leader who twice led Apple to prominence, resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded in 1976, alluding to lingering health issues.
Applied posts strong Q3, but sees Q4 decline
News & Analysis 8/24/2011 1 comment
Applied Materials, the largest supplier of semiconductor production equipment, delivered strong quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned that it expects a sequential sales decline of 15 to 30 percent in the current quarter.
Embedded systems gaining secure footing
News & Analysis 8/24/2011 5 comments
Today's embedded system designers optimize mainly for performance and footprint, but with the rise of Internet-enabled devices, security has become the third leg of the embedded design process.
Micronas inks foundry agreement with X-Fab
News & Analysis 8/24/2011 1 comment
Analog/mixed-signal semiconductor foundry X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries and automotive sensor and IC supplier Micronas Semiconductor announced a strategic partnership by which X-Fab will manufacture Micronas products using its 0.18-micron high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash.
Patent suit targets Intel, Freescale, Marvell
News & Analysis 8/24/2011 29 comments
A company going by the name Power Management Systems LLC filed a complaint earlier this week in U.S. federal court charging that semiconductor vendors Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Marvell Technology Group market chips that infringe upon a U.S. patent controlled by Power Management Systems.
IDC: Server demand to slow after strong Q2
News & Analysis 8/24/2011 2 comments
Demand for servers remained high in the second quarter, but weakening macroeconomic conditions throughout the world are likely to take a toll on server demand later this year, according to market research firm IDC.
Students win Synopsys design competition
News & Analysis 8/23/2011 2 comments
University of Rochester students Bin Ma and Dustin Moore were named winners of the 2011 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition, sponsored by EDA and IP vendor Synopsys.
Intel's solar spinoff files for bankruptcy
News & Analysis 8/23/2011 32 comments
Spectrawatt, the solar cell manufacturer that was originally spun off from Intel in 2008, has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, according to multiple reports.
IHS: 300-mm manufacturing set to double
News & Analysis 8/23/2011 1 comment
Semiconductor manufacturing using 300-millimeter wafers will see production nearly double from 2010 to 2015 as chip producers increasingly employ them for older, more mature products, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.