SEMI sees fabs capital increasing for now News & Analysis 9/6/2011 Post a comment SEMI, the semiconductor and materials industry group, reports capital expenditure will increase to $41.1 billion in 2011, the highest on record, but also predicts that the capacity ramp will slow.
Tegal to sell nanolayer deposition patents News & Analysis 9/6/2011 Post a comment Semiconductor production equipment vendor Tegal said it plans to sell its portfolio of patents related to nanolayer deposition technology after several semiconductor firms and chip equipment providers expressed interest in acquiring the technology.
Former ST, Cadence JV tips smart meter ICs Product News 9/6/2011 10 comments Accent Spa, founded in 1993 as a design services joint venture between Cadence and STMicroelectronics, has launched three smart meter ICs, confirming its transformation into a fabless chip company focused on smart grid applications.
Analogix fires an opening salvo in MYDP vs. MHL battle News & Analysis 9/6/2011 3 comments The mobile industry hasn’t indicated its interface preference for streaming HD video from a smartphone to an external HDTV. In hopes for tipping this uncertain balance, Analogix is announcing that its own SlimPort family is compatible with the ST-promoted MYDP digital interface.
Fairchild lowers Q3, cites slow distribution News & Analysis 9/6/2011 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal and power ICs, has reduced its guidance for third quarter sales significantly saying it has yet to see the normal seasonal increase in sales through distribution channels.
Sidense sues Kilopass and CEO Cheng News & Analysis 9/6/2011 2 comments Sidense Corp., a developer of licensable non-volatile memory, has said it has filed a law suit in the Northern District of California against rival Kilopass Technology Inc. and Kilopass CEO Charlie Cheng, on five counts, alleging defamation and unfair competition.
China's fabless turn to Taiwan, says survey News & Analysis 9/6/2011 2 comments China's fabless chip companies are turning to Taiwan to a greater degree to help them get close to the leading-edge in geometry and compete globally, according to an IC design house and fabless chip company survey conducted by EE Times-China.
Bosch invests in gesture chip firm News & Analysis 9/5/2011 3 comments Robert Bosch Venture Capital has led an investment of 7.1 million euro (about $10 million) in Ident Technology AG (Gilching, Germany), a developer of electric field sensors that can be used for 3-D gesture recognition.
IHS projects record growth for consumer MEMS News & Analysis 9/2/2011 5 comments The market for microelectromechanical systems in consumer electronics and mobile communications devices is on pace for record growth in 2011, thanks to the red hot media tablet and smartphone markets, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Japan up, RoW down in flat July chip sales News & Analysis 9/2/2011 3 comments It remains to be seen whether seasonal growth or economic uncertainty will characterize the global chip market in the second-half of 2011 as the July numbers favored neither side of the argument and came in flat and in-line with expectations.
Zarlink says it has other suitors News & Analysis 9/1/2011 3 comments Canadian mixed-signal chipmaker Zarlink Semiconductor said its board of directors is negotiating with 15 unidentified third parties interested in acquiring all or part of the company.
Researchers aim for energy-harvesting CPUs News & Analysis 9/1/2011 5 comments A team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University was awarded two grants to create powerful, energy-efficient computer processors that can run an embedded system without requiring battery power.
Ti offers 'Qi' inductive power transfer IC News & Analysis 9/1/2011 6 comments Texas Instruments has introduced the bq500210, an IC that controls and transfers wireless power for contactless chargers compliant with the Qi standard from the Wireless Power Consortium.
Intel invests in device security firm Mocana News & Analysis 9/1/2011 2 comments Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's biggest semiconductor maker, has made a strategic investment of undisclosed size in Mocana, a provider of mobile and smart device security.
Analyst sees firm July, raises chip forecast News & Analysis 9/1/2011 2 comments The three-month average of global chip sales for July is going to be reported as $24.8 billion, up compared with a figure of $24.68 billion reported for June by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...