Atmel to outsource German fab operation News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment In a complex arrangement that in effect rids the company of the Heilbronn, Germany manufacturing operation it has been trying to sell for two years, Atmel said that a U.K. company has agreed to buy the fab's equipment and lease the facility from Atmel.
Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
RF components to see few benefits from basestation growth News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment The global market for RF components for cellular basestations will remain flat at $1.1 billion through 2013 according to market research group Strategy Analytics. This despite the fact that actual shipments of basestations are forecast to grow to 13.4 million units in 2013, a CAAGR (compound annual average growth rate) of nearly 70 percent.
ASML tips next gen EUV lithography system News & Analysis 9/30/2008 Post a comment Lithography gear provider ASML (Veldhoven, the Netherlands) has unveiled a production version of its upcoming NXE range of EUV machines that, the company says, is part of a roadmap that supports cost-effective chip manufacturing to at least 11 nanometres (nm).
Trango's virtualization tool for TI OMAP receives certification Product News 9/30/2008 Post a comment Trango Virtual Processors, French provider of embedded processor virtualization IP, announced its HyperVisor embedded virtualization technology, dedicated to Texas Instruments' OMAP 2430 system-on-chip (SoC), complies with the CSPN (First level security certification) criteria, defined by the French National Security Agency.
Underwater helicopter surfaces News & Analysis 9/29/2008 1 comment Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Meltdown unlikely, says Stanford economist News & Analysis 9/26/2008 Post a comment A general economic slowdown is the most likely result of the current woes on Wall Street, according to a leading economist who would not rule out a small risk of a more general financial meltdown.
Analysts stay cool as Wall Street woes unfold News & Analysis 9/26/2008 Post a comment Analysts remain hopeful the crisis on Wall Street might not have a strong negative impact on the electronics industry, and some are taking a wait-and-see approach on a day when another bank collapsed and a legislative rescue package is still being hammered out.
Mirics wins first design win for PC TV receivers News & Analysis 9/25/2008 Post a comment Mirics Semiconductor Ltd (Fleet, England) has won its first design-in for its FlexiTV multiband receiver chip, from Taiwanese wireless module specialist AzureWave Technologies, which is using it in a part being readied for PC TV receivers.
Analyst sees chip sales in August falter News & Analysis 9/25/2008 Post a comment Global semiconductor sales in August are likely to come in at $22.6 billion for the 3-month moving average, compared with the corresponding figure the previous month, which was $22.1 billion, and up 5 percent year-on-year, according to securities house Carnegie.
Qualcomm first in Android phone but won't be lonely News & Analysis 9/25/2008 Post a comment Qualcomm's prominent place inside the first Android mobile phone is a feather in the company's cap, but doesn't mean there won't be stiff competition from rival wireless chip set vendors for design ins on future handsets to run the Google-backed operating system.
Panasonic will demo high def 3DTV in Japan Product News 9/24/2008 Post a comment Consumer giant Matsushita Electric Co. Ltd. has developed a prototype stereoscopic 3-D television and Blu-Ray Disc player that supports high definition and aims to work with the Blu-Ray Disc Association to set a standard around the 3-D format it hopes to use for the system.
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.