MEMS chips entering mass consumer markets News & Analysis 9/22/2011 6 comments As MEMS enters the mainstream, the high-volume markets will favor mergers and acquisitions over the next five years, as the larger player fill in the gaps of their integrated solution for OEMs, who must fuse the outputs of multiple MEMS sensors for a wider variety of applications than just tablets and phones.
IHS again cuts chip market forecast News & Analysis 9/21/2011 2 comments Market research firm IHS iSuppli cut its forecast for 2011 semiconductor market growth for the second time in two months, citing the impact of increasing economic woes and consumer pessimism.
LTE sales overtake WiMax, says analyst News & Analysis 9/21/2011 3 comments The market for mobile communications infrastructure is growing strongly, according to market research firm Infonetics Research Inc., which said that LTE infrastructure equipment spending greater than that of WiMax for the first time in 2Q11.
Cypress drops distributors from ITC suit News & Analysis 9/21/2011 2 comments Cypress Semiconductor said electronics distributors Arrow Electronics and Nu Horizons Electronics will be removed from a complaint pending at the U.S. International Trade Commission concerning alleged infringement of Cypress's SRAM patents by GSI Technology.
Gartner: Chip inventory levels 'worrisome' News & Analysis 9/20/2011 1 comment Semiconductor days of inventory are forecast to plateau in the third quarter, reaching "worrisome levels" given current conditions and the likelihood that consumer and business spending will be weaker than expected, according to Gartner.
USB audio/video codec in 38x70mm footprint Product News 9/20/2011 Post a comment Model 2253 is a compact and robust USB-compatible audio/video codec that is powered from a single USB port. Its 38x70mm footprint and low power consumption (1.5 Watts) make it well suited for both portable and embedded applications.
Dolby goes Mobile Product News 9/20/2011 3 comments DSP IP provider, Ceva, claims to be the first company in the semiconductor industry to offer a Dolby approved DSP core implementation of Dolby Mobile.
Xilinx cuts sales target News & Analysis 9/20/2011 Post a comment Programmable logic vendor Xilinx joined a growing list of chip vendors that have reduced their sales targets for the calendar third quarter.
Shipping firm drops Hynix bid News & Analysis 9/20/2011 3 comments South Korea's STX Group dropped out of the bidding to acquire a controlling 20 percent stake in Hynix Semiconductor, leaving SK Telecom as the only bidder, according to reports.
Switch chip vendor Mellanox set to go IPO News & Analysis 9/19/2011 2 comments Switch chip vendor Mellanox Technologies announced it intends to sell more than 3.4 million ordinary shares in an initial public offering, subject to market conditions and other considerations.
Intel invests in multimedia software firm News & Analysis 9/19/2011 2 comments ArcSoft, a provider of multimedia software technology, said it received investments worth a combined $20 million from Intel's venture capital arm and venture capital firm Tudor Ventures.
IHS: PC market returned to growth in Q2 News & Analysis 9/19/2011 3 comments After contracting on a sequential and annual basis during the first three months of the year, the global PC market returned to growth in the second quarter, with total shipments of 85.6 million units, up 3.7 percent from the first quarter and up 6 percent compared to the second quarter of 2010, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
U.S. research seeks transistor replacement News & Analysis 9/19/2011 7 comments Semiconductor Research Corp., a U.S. university-research consortium, and the National Science Foundation, the U.S. government agency supporting fundamental research, are funding 12 four-year nanoelectronics research grants at a cost of $20 million.
Multicore SoC targets latest STBs for the connected home Product News 9/17/2011 Post a comment The chip, part of ST’s latest-generation home entertainment platform, will support a wide variety of open-source environments to provide value-added services such as state-of-the-art gaming, Over The Top (OTT) video playback via 3rd-parties over the Internet, app stores and secure High-Definition streaming to tablets, smartphones, PCs and TVs throughout the home.
CICC talk: Graphene could succeed CMOS News & Analysis 9/16/2011 11 comments CMOS semiconductor technology could run out of gas at about 7 nm in 2024, and graphene is the leading candidate to replace it, according to a keynote address at next week's Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.
IEDM: Hynix takes NAND to 15-nm News & Analysis 9/16/2011 15 comments Hynix has developed a 15-nm NAND flash memory cell which it plans to unveil at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting in December. At the same conference the company is due to present 42-nm half-pitch process for the production of 1-Gbit phase-change memories and beyond.
SK Telecom embeds NFC in SIM card News & Analysis 9/16/2011 Post a comment Korean mobile phone service provider SK Telecom claims that is has developed the world's first SIM card equipped with a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip which can be retrofitted to non-NFC handsets thereby enabling NFC-based services.
SEMI book-to-bill falls again in August News & Analysis 9/15/2011 Post a comment North America-based semiconductor capital equipment makers reported a book-to-bill ratio of 0.80 in August, the fourth straight month the book-to-bill has declined and the eleventh straight month it has been below parity, according to the fab tool trade group SEMI.
Motion algorithms boost MEMS-based remotes News & Analysis 9/15/2011 2 comments Armed with a new deal to integrate its MEMS sensor algorithms into Texas Instruments' ZigBee-based radio frequency for consumer electronics hardware platform—RemoTI—Hillcrest Lab hopes to penetrate further into the fast growing markets for MEMS-based motion-control interfaces for Smart TV, streaming video, motion-based gaming and 3-D gesture control.
Lossy GCT files for $100 million IPO News & Analysis 9/15/2011 1 comment GCT Semiconductor Inc., a loss-making fabless chip company that supplies chips for WiMax and LTE communications, has filed papers for an initial public offering of stock to be traded on NASDAQ that would raise up to $100 million.
Chip sales slowing rapidly, says Gartner News & Analysis 9/15/2011 7 comments Market research company Gartner Inc. has joined rival prognosticators in predicting the 2011 global chip market will decline from the previous year. It has also halved its forecast for chip market growth in 2012 with the warning that a U.S. double dip recession would require a further downward sales revision.
Imagination takes stake in digital RF firm News & Analysis 9/15/2011 1 comment Graphics and communications IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc as teamed up with Orca Systems Inc. on the development of technology for broadcast television reception. Under the terms of the deal Imagination has also taken an equity stake in Orca, and Imagination CEO, Hossein Yassaie, has joined Orca's board of directors.
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.