MEMS enable 'human body on a chip' News & Analysis 8/6/2012 4 comments Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and elsewhere have embarked on an ambitious $32 million "human body on-a-chip" research project that will use MEMS microfluidics to mimic people's reactions to substances-of-interest.
Startup demos 60-GHz Wi-Fi News & Analysis 8/6/2012 2 comments Nitero, a fabless chip company from Austin, Texas, with Australian roots, has announced it has begun demonstrating 60-GHz, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi ICs for mobile devices to selected companies.
Chip market could fall by 5% in 2012, says ABI News & Analysis 8/6/2012 4 comments Market researcher Allied Business Intelligence Inc. has decided that a lack of confidence in the global economy and a past lack of investment in semiconductor manufacturing mean the chip market will continue to be soft in the second half of 2012.
June global chip sales stay soft on U.S. weakness News & Analysis 8/3/2012 5 comments Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached a three-month average of $24.38 billion in June for the month of June 2012, a decrease of 0.1 percent from the prior month when the averaged sales were $24.40 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
ON Semi plans more job cuts News & Analysis 8/2/2012 5 comments ON Semiconductor said it plans to cut additional jobs as part of a plan to save the company between $10 million and $15 million per year.
ADI expands D/A converter portfolio Product News 8/2/2012 2 comments ADI has introduced AD5686/96 quad 16-bit nanoDAC+ and AD5316R/7R quad 10-bit nanoDAC D/A converters in tiny packages, targeting a wide range of instrumentation and communications applications.
ON Semi's CFO resigns News & Analysis 8/2/2012 Post a comment ON Semiconductor said Chief Financial Officer Donald Colvin will resign after the company identifies a replacement.
PCIe Gen3 switches boost throughput options Product News 8/2/2012 Post a comment PLX Technology has boosted the throughput options in its ExpressLane line of Gen3 PCI Express switches with the addition of the PEX8796 (96 lanes, 24 ports), PEX8780 (80 lanes, 20 ports) and PEX8764 (64 lanes, 16 ports).
Renesas forecasts flood of red ink News & Analysis 8/2/2012 10 comments Struggling Japanese chip firm Renesas Electronics Corp. has forecast it will make a net loss of 150 billion yen (about $1.91 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, as it published sales down 11 percent sequentially for the first fiscal quarter, ended June 30.
Sharp to slash 5,000 jobs News & Analysis 8/2/2012 10 comments Japan's Sharp Corp. reported a significantly wider fiscal first quarter loss and unveiled its intention to cut 5,000 jobs by the end of March 2013. This will be the company's first personal downsizing since 1950.
Taiwan approves MediaTek's MStar buy News & Analysis 8/2/2012 Post a comment Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has approved MediaTek's proposal to acquire up to 48 percent of rival MStar Semiconductor, saying the combination would not hamper market competition, according to a report by the Taipei Times.
Chip stocks hanging tough, says analyst News & Analysis 8/2/2012 1 comment Semiconductor stocks are showing surprising strength in spite of difficult global macroeconomic conditions, thanks to lower than expected estimate declines by chip firms and Wall Street, according to a JP Morgan analyst.
Startup raises $30 million to bring MRAM to market News & Analysis 8/1/2012 11 comments A Moscow-headquartered investor has helped MRAM startup Avalanche Technology close a third round of equity funding at $30 million. The money will be used to "productize" the company's technology, which the firm says is ready for action in applications such as solid-state drives.
Wolfson predicts return to profit in 2H12 News & Analysis 8/1/2012 7 comments Audio and MEMS mixed-signal chip company Wolfson Microelectronics has announced a reduction in its net loss in the second quarter as it has increased its sales revenue. The company said it expects to return to "underlying profitability" in the second half of 2012.
Japan revives mobile chip joint venture News & Analysis 8/1/2012 5 comments Japan has revived plans for a mobile equipment chip joint venture but has come up with something smaller and less ambitious than a previous plan that was cancelled earlier this year.
China clears Microchip's SMSC acquisition News & Analysis 8/1/2012 7 comments China's antitrust regulatory body rubber stamped Microchip Technology's $939 million acquisition of Standard Microsystems Corp., clearing the way for the deal to close this week.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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