Apex reemerges as analog chip company
News & Analysis 8/20/2012 4 comments
Apex Microtechnology, Inc., which Cirrus Logic acquired in July 2007, has been re-established as a stand-alone corporation as the result of Cirrus Logic selling its Tucson-based Apex Precision Power business unit for $26 million to a group of private investors led by Alerion Capital.
Mentor sues EVE—again
News & Analysis 8/19/2012 Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics filed another patent infringement suit against French emulation tool vendor EVE, the latest in an escalating legal battle between the two companies that has simmered for years.
Sidense claims legal victory over rival Kilopass
News & Analysis 8/17/2012 3 comments
Non-volatile memory IP vendor Sidense claimed legal victory over rival Kilopass Technology after a U.S. federal court ruled that Kilopass could not present its claims of patent infringement by Sidense in front of a jury. Kilopass said it plans to appeal the ruling.
Fab tool book-to-bill slips again
News & Analysis 8/17/2012 Post a comment
The book-to-bill ratio for North America-based semiconductor equipment vendors slipped to 0.87 on a three-month average basis in July, the fourth consecutive month that the figure has declined, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Fujitsu Semi's top U.S. exec spies opportunities for growth
News & Analysis 8/16/2012 Post a comment
EE Times recently sat down with Satoru Yamaguchi, a 32-year veteran of Fujitsu Semiconductor, who in April was tapped to lead the company's U.S. subsidiary, for a wide ranging discussion on plans for the subsidiary and opportunities for growth in North and South Amercia
Toshiba cancels ARM-based computer
News & Analysis 8/15/2012 18 comments
Toshiba Corp. has cancelled plans to sell computers that run the Windows RT operating system from Microsoft Corp. and that are based on an ARM-based processor, due to delays in getting adequate supplies of components, according to reports.
RFMD releases Rx/Tx module
Product News 8/14/2012 1 comment
RFMD’s RF6549 transmit/receive module features separate ports for Rx and Tx paths, and two ports on the output for connecting a diversity solution or a test port.
Freescale MEMS sensors target mobile
News & Analysis 8/14/2012 Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a smaller, cheaper MEMS device that doesn't compromise on accuracy, noise and power specifications for the next-generation of low-cost smartphones and tablets.
Samsung, Osram settle LED patent battle
News & Analysis 8/13/2012 3 comments
Two leading manufacturers of light-emitting diodes, Samsung and Osram, have settled patent differences and have been granted a joint-motion to end an investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to reports.
Freescale closes French fab
News & Analysis 8/10/2012 4 comments
The Toulouse-based branch of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has permanently closed its doors this week, affecting some 500 employees.
Report: Intel preps wireless charging
News & Analysis 8/10/2012 2 comments
Intel may offer internally developed resonant wireless charging to improve the attractiveness of mobile equipment based on its chips such as Intel-based ultrabooks and smartphones, according to a Digitimes report that referenced unnamed sources.
Semi market growth seen as doubling
News & Analysis 8/10/2012 5 comments
Over the next five years the long-term growth rate for the semiconductor market is going be more than double what it has been, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Semico cuts 2012 chip market growth forecast
News & Analysis 8/8/2012 4 comments
Semico Research this week became the latest market research firm to cut its forecast for 2012 semiconductor market growth, saying it now expects global chip sales to grow 6 to 8 percent this year.
Have you got the (inside) edge?
Product News 8/8/2012 Post a comment
I just received my copy of Altera's monthly eNewsletter – Inside Edge. On the off-chance you haven't already signed up for this, the highlights are as follows…
SMIC hits new quarterly revenue high
News & Analysis 8/8/2012 2 comments
Chinese foundry SMIC reported a new quarterly revenue record for the second quarter, posting sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and the company's revised sales target issued last month.
Loss-making Peregrine prices IPO to raise $77 million
News & Analysis 8/8/2012 1 comment
Fabless RF chip vendor Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, Calif.) has announced that its initial public offering of 5.5 million shares in the company has been priced at $14. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Market on Aug. 8, 2012, under the ticker symbol PSMI.
AMD names new sales chief
News & Analysis 8/8/2012 Post a comment
AMD promoted John Byrne (shown), a sales executive who joined the company in 2007, to fill the vacant position of senior vice president and chief sales officer.