Microchip’s strategy in a ‘weak economy’
News & Analysis 9/30/2011 13 comments
In a recent interview at ESC, Microchip’s COO made no efforts to sugar coat the weak global economy. But he noted: Now is not the time to panic, it’s time to “focus on things we can control.”
Gartner: IC capex to decline 19% in 2012
News & Analysis 9/30/2011 4 comments
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending will total about $35.2 billion in 2012, representing a 19.2 percent decline from the projected 2011 total of $43.5 billion, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.
Crocus appoints CEO for Russian MRAM fab
News & Analysis 9/29/2011 Post a comment
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of MRAM memory ICs, has announced the appointment of Boris Omarov as CEO of a manufacturing joint venture, Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), which is being created to run an MRAM wafer fab under development in Russia.
Samsung shrinks Exynos dual-core processor
Product News 9/29/2011 3 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced an addition to its Exynos family of application processors for smartphones at mobile-oriented Samsung exhibition held at the Westin hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.
Six handset makers back Isis NFC payment
News & Analysis 9/29/2011 3 comments
Isis, a joint venture between U.S. mobile phone service providers AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis NFC and technology standards for electronic payment.
Bergman becomes CEO at Synaptics
News & Analysis 9/29/2011 1 comment
Synaptics named Rick Bergman its president and chief executive officer a week after he departed Advanced Micro Devices where he was general manager of products.
Qualcomm jumps into ‘Embedded’ fray
News & Analysis 9/28/2011 4 comments
Qualcomm, traditionally known for its direct relationships with mobile handset OEMs and ODMs, has jumped into the “embedded” fray, by launching the company’s newly designed “DragonBoard.”
AMD warns of lower Q3 sales
News & Analysis 9/28/2011 7 comments
AMD warned that third quarter sales would be up less than expected compared to the second quarter, primarily because of 32-nm yield issues at its foundry provider, Globalfoundries.
Avago shareholders unload 15 million shares
News & Analysis 9/28/2011 2 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies announced the sale of 15 million ordinary shares by certain existing shareholders to Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Securities, as underwriters in the registered public offering of those shares.
Open-Silicon takes broad ARM license
News & Analysis 9/28/2011 2 comments
Open-Silicon Inc. has signed a multi-year comprehensive licensing agreement for a broad portfolio of processor cores and related intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc.
Atmel to acquire ADD Semiconductor
News & Analysis 9/27/2011 2 comments
Chip vendor Atmel signed a definitive agreement to acquire power line chip vendor Advanced Digital Designfor an undisclosed amount, the company said.
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY
News & Analysis 9/27/2011 40 comments
A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Elpida has 4-Gbit DRAM in 25-nm process
Product News 9/27/2011 2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. has said it has completed development of the industry's first 25-nm process 4-Gbit DDR3 synchronous DRAM. The company claims the part is also the smallest 4-Gbit DRAM yet produced.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc
News & Analysis 9/27/2011 25 comments
As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
PMIC startup raises $11 million
News & Analysis 9/26/2011 1 comment
Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
Trident to cut 20% of staff to lower costs
News & Analysis 9/26/2011 8 comments
Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of chips for TVs and set-top boxes, has announced that it plans to lay off about 275 employees out of a total of 1,275 so that is can lower its financial breakeven point.
Report: Intel chooses Ireland over Israel
News & Analysis 9/26/2011 11 comments
Intel Corp. has chosen its Irish Leixlip campus rather than Fab 28 at Kiryat Gat in Israel, as the location to receive an upgrade to 15-nm production technology, according to a report in Globes, which cited unnamed sources.