TSMC's August sales show low growth News & Analysis 9/10/2010 5 comments Foundry giant TSMC reported August sales of about $1.17 billion, an increase of 0.5 percent over July 2010 and an increase of 25.4 percent over August 2009.
Biomechatronics expert keynotes ESC Boston News & Analysis 9/10/2010 6 comments ESC Boston keynoter Hugh Herr will draw on his life-altering personal experience in a talk that will bring the dual disciplines of biology and mechanics into focus for the embedded system design audience.
Beam-forming firm secures $3.8 million News & Analysis 9/9/2010 1 comment Socowave, a 2008 mobile communications startup with connections to University College Dublin, has announced that it has secured a €3 million (about $3.8 million) series A investment round led by Balderton Capital.
RMS detector protects basestation PAs Product News 9/9/2010 1 comment Linear Technology just released its model LTC5583, a 40MHz to 6GHz dual-channel, matched RMS power detector that seems exceptionally well suited to monitor VSWR in a basestation transmitter RF power amplifier (PA).
TI's lowest power DSPs run at 150 MHz Product News 9/8/2010 Post a comment Texas Instruments Incorporated's TMS320C5504 and TMS320C5505 ultra-low-power digital signal processors (DSPs) run at 150 MHz, providing 25 percent higher performance than previous C55x devices,allowing designers to create energy-efficient portable and battery-powered applications at higher levels of performance.
New TI C2000 Peripheral Explorer Kit and free Teaching ROM Product News 9/8/2010 1 comment Texas Instruments Incorporated is offering its enhanced floating-point F28335 Delfino microcontroller (MCU) Peripheral Explorer Kit and free C2000 MCU Teaching ROM to give students and new real-time control developers an easy-to-use, cost-efficient foundation for jumpstarting designs.
Siemens medical unit ties in with National Semi ICs News & Analysis 9/8/2010 2 comments Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. have formed a wide-ranging strategic alliance to create next-generation ultrasound imaging systems with enhanced image quality but that consume less power than current systems.
High-value MEMs forecast to have 20% CAGR through 2014 News & Analysis 9/7/2010 1 comment Revenue for so-called "high-value" MEMS is projected to is projected to grow robustly this year and beyond, thanks to a number of issues ranging from global warming to aging populations, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Silicon photonics uses vapor-filled waveguide News & Analysis 9/7/2010 4 comments A new technique harnesses vapor-filled optical waveguides on silicon chips to process data streams encoded on light, sidestepping the sidesteps the current requirement to convert optical signals to electrical signals in applications that detect, buffer, multiplex and store photonic information.
NXP wins Sochi 2014 Olympics tech trials News & Analysis 9/7/2010 4 comments Russian authorities have chosen NXP's contactless microcontroller for the Russian city of Sochi to power the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system of its ground transportation network at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
XMOS co-founder takes COO post at Toumaz News & Analysis 9/7/2010 2 comments Noel Hurley, who was a co-founder of XMOS Semiconductors Ltd. and served as vice president of marketing there, has taken up the position of chief operating officer at Toumaz Technology Ltd.
Samsung launches dual-core A9 processor Product News 9/7/2010 10 comments Samsung has introduced a dual-core Cortex A9-based applications processor, codenamed Orion, capable of running at a clock frequency of 1-GHz and intended for advanced mobile applications.
Philips to 'give away' $450 million stake in NXP News & Analysis 9/7/2010 7 comments Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV has announced it is selling its entire stake in NXP Semiconductors BV, formerly its chip making division, nominally worth about $450 million. However, Philips will be providing the cash for the sale.
UMC's August sales show slim growth News & Analysis 9/7/2010 1 comment Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. announced its net sales for August 2010 were approximately NT$10.89 billion (about $340 million), an increase of 0.6 percent over July 2010 and an increase of 20.1 percent over August 2009.
Tuner chip firm raises $9 million News & Analysis 9/6/2010 1 comment Elonics Ltd., the CMOS RF tuner company, has announced it has raised £6.1 million (about $9.4 million) in a Series B investment round led by Scottish Equity Partners.
MEMS tackle HVAC/automatic-transmission markets News & Analysis 9/2/2010 4 comments MEMS startup Microstaq is pioneering promising new markets, using its micro-valve as a pilot to control the large flows necessary to tackle the lucrative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning markets with MEMS-control of automotive transmissions on the horizon.
LTX-Credence beats estimates News & Analysis 9/1/2010 Post a comment Automated test equipment vendor LTX-Credence posted a net income of $14.1 million on sales of $73.2 million for the quarter ended July 31, narrowly beating consensus analyst expectations.
IBM claims fastest MPU News & Analysis 9/1/2010 7 comments IBM said it will begin shipping a new mainframe computer computer capable of 50 billion instructions per second, powered by 96 microprocessors with 5.2-gigahertz clock speeds.
Gartner raises 2010 chip market forecast News & Analysis 9/1/2010 6 comments Market research firm Gartner Inc. has raised its forecast for worldwide semiconductor revenue in 2010 to $300 billion, a 31.5 percent increase from 2009 revenue of $228 billion.
LED-backed LCD TVs on healthy growth path News & Analysis 9/1/2010 Post a comment LCD TV panel makers are targeting aggressive growth for LED panel shipments, with plans to reach 40 percent LED penetration in Q4’10, and to exceed 50 percent in Q2’11, according to the latest DisplaySearch report.
GlobalFoundries shows 28-nm AMS design kit Product News 9/1/2010 1 comment GlobalFoundries is making a 28-nm analog/mixed-signal design flow development kit available to customers, the company said at the opening of its Global Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California.
Freescale forms joint lab with Chinese automaker News & Analysis 9/1/2010 1 comment Engineers from Beiqi Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor will work together to integrate Freescale microcontrollers and sensors into automotive control systems for the powertrain, chassis, safety and "green" aspirations of the Chinese automakers.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.