Analyst cuts 2010 chip growth forecast to 32%
News & Analysis 9/30/2010 21 comments
Market forecaster iSuppli Corp. has decided it should curb its enthusiasm for the global chip market in 2010. The firm says it sees softening demand and rising inventories and has trimmed its forecast to 32 percent.
Renesas aims to gain market share with SoCs
News & Analysis 9/30/2010 12 comments
Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced measures it says will strengthen the company's system-on-chip (SoC) business for networking and industrial infrastructures that support the cloud-computing era.
Mobile video processor goes 3-D
Product News 9/30/2010 20 comments
Fabless mobile video chip company Movidius Ltd. has launched the MA1133 video processor as the first chip in its Myriad 3-D range, capable of capturing and manipulating stereo imagery on a mobile phone.
Analyst: Cost of CMP slurries skyrocketing
News & Analysis 9/30/2010 2 comments
The price of slurries used in chemical mechanical planarization in semiconductor manufacturing is going up thanks to a Chinese embargo of rare earth oxides, according to an analyst.
Emcore could lose Nasdaq listing
News & Analysis 9/29/2010 Post a comment
Compound semiconductor vendor Emcore has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that it could be de-listed because its stock price has been under $1 per share for 30 consecutive business days, the company said.
European bank loans ST $470 million
News & Analysis 9/28/2010 42 comments
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a 350 million euro (about $470 million) loan contract with STMicroelectronics NV in support of the company's industrial and R&D concerning next-generation semiconductor circuits.
ARM micros rival Freescale's ColdFire
News & Analysis 9/28/2010 23 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two new families of ARM- and ColdFire-based microcontrollers bring the price of battery-saving half-watt power consumption down to around a $5.
Teardown finds Cypress, STMicro in new iPod nano
News & Analysis 9/27/2010 11 comments
Apple's sixth generation iPod nano features chips supplied by Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Cypress Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic and STMicroelectronics NV, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
HD-over-Wi-Fi startup raises $21 million
News & Analysis 9/27/2010 28 comments
Quantenna Communications Inc., a developer of silicon for wireless networking that adds beamforming to the 802.11n wireless standard to deliver guaranteed bandwidth, has raised $21 million in a Series E round of financing.
Vector processing accelerates QorIQ
News & Analysis 9/27/2010 5 comments
Freescale has added an AltiVec single-instruction-multiple-data processing unit inside every core inside forthcoming QorIQ chips being readied for announcement next year.
2D-FFT FPGA IP library for imaging and DSP apps
Product News 9/23/2010 1 comment
These 2D-FFT library elements from OptNgn are intended for inexpensive, low power sensor data stream processing of convolution and filtering-based applications from video, medical, radar/sonar, and scientific-based real-time sources.
IBM characterizes single-atom DRAM
News & Analysis 9/23/2010 14 comments
IBM Research described a new pulsed-technique to stimulate and read-out the state of an individual atom for atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers. atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers.
Discrete prices, lead times rise, says iSuppli
News & Analysis 9/22/2010 4 comments
The prices of discrete electronic components are set to increase in the fourth quarter of 2010 as the lead times for obtaining those products lengthen, according to the market research firm, iSuppli.
FitBit blends wireless, MCUs and MEMS with online interface
Teardown 9/22/2010 20 comments
The FitBit personal fitness monitor combines wireless, MEMS and cutting-edge algorithms and packaging to keep us in shape, but behind its sleek design are lessons for any designer and aspiring inventor looking to turn what seems to be a simple idea into a truly viable, competitive end product.
ARM adds Dolby for STB
News & Analysis 9/22/2010 Post a comment
ARM and embedded media processing systems company, Ittiam, announced the implementation of the Dolby MS10 Multistream Decoder on ARM Cortex-A Series of processors including optimization on NEON.
Japan's fab tool book-to-bill ratio falls
News & Analysis 9/22/2010 1 comment
The book-to-bill ratio for Japanese chip-making equipment manufacturers dipped in August to 1.38 from 1.53 in July, according to a Dow Jones report that cited preliminary data released by the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
Optical antenna said to boost signals
News & Analysis 9/21/2010 7 comments
Rice University researchers have created an optical antenna that boosts signals by up to a million times by exciting plasmons in between a sub-nanoscale electrode gap.
Halogen-free CPLDs from Lattice
Product News 9/21/2010 3 comments
Well, this one took me somewhat by surprise, because thus far I'd never seen the words 'halogen' and 'CPLD' in the same sentence (I've obviously lived a sheltered life), but we live and learn...