Formosa Plastics bails out DRAM subsidiaries News & Analysis 8/30/2012 2 comments Formosa Plastics Group, parent of Nanya Technology Corp., has put together a bail-out plan worth about $1 billion to keep the loss-making DRAM maker from delisting from the Taiwan stock exchange, according to local reports.
Report: TSMC rebuffs Apple, Qualcomm News & Analysis 8/29/2012 31 comments Apple and Qualcomm have each offered more than a $1 billion to foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to obtain a dedicated supply of processor chips, and both their offers have been rejected, according to a Bloomberg report.
Top 10 chip vendors hurt by weak Q2 News & Analysis 8/29/2012 5 comments Six of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers booked chip sales in the second quarter that were lower than the second quarter of 2011, with overall chip sales declining 3 percent year-over-year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Western Digital back on top of hard disk drive heap News & Analysis 8/28/2012 3 comments Western Digital regained the top spot among hard disk drive suppliers in the second quarter, six months after falling behind rival Seagate Technology in the wake of flooding in Thailand that forced several facility closures, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Making every TV 'smart' News & Analysis 8/28/2012 8 comments Hillcrest Labs announced a downsized version of its motion processing algorithms that can run on an 8-bit microcontroller inside a television remote control, offering the potential to make any TV a "smart" TV.
Intel partners with VMware on cloud security News & Analysis 8/27/2012 Post a comment Intel said it would collaborate with VMware to deliver a platform for "trusted cloud" that combines Intel's Trusted Execution Technology and VMware's vSphere 5.1, platform for building cloud infrastructures.
Samsung to take 3% stake in ASML News & Analysis 8/27/2012 4 comments Samsung Electronics will invest $345.5 million to boost ASML's extreme ultraviolet and 450-mm lithography tool development and has committed to buying a 3 percent stake in the Dutch lithography vendor for about $629.5 million.
Synopsys raises profit target again after strong quarter News & Analysis 8/22/2012 Post a comment EDA and IP vendor Synopsys raised its profitability target for its current fiscal year for a second consecutive quarter after reporting sales in line with expectations and profitability that exceeded analysts' estimates for the quarter ended last month.
UMC to shutter Japanese fab News & Analysis 8/22/2012 1 comment Taiwanese foundry UMC said its board of directors voted to close the company's 200-mm fab in Japan in an effort to cut costs amid difficult macroeconomic conditions and customer demand decline.
ON Semi cuts 250 jobs News & Analysis 8/22/2012 3 comments ON Semiconductor said it would eliminate about 250 jobs as part of a previously disclosed plan to reduce costs.
Analog specialist Apex targets printing market News & Analysis 8/21/2012 1 comment Apex has reemerged as a niche power analog vendor targeting printing applications in the industrial sector, an embryonic market that CEO Greg Brennan (shown) believes has significant growth opportunities.
Cypress tips upgraded IDE for PSoC Product News 8/21/2012 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor rolled out a new version of the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip development environment with more than 100 new features and enhancements.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times