ARM TechCon explores road to 14-nm ICs News & Analysis 9/17/2012 10 comments A tutorial presentation at the upcoming ARM TechCon exhibition and conference is set to discuss the mix of challenge and opportunity represented by the 14-nm manufacturing node which lies two or three years away from mass production.
Lines blur between Intel Atom and Core News & Analysis 9/13/2012 1 comment Intel is making an aggressive shift toward mobile computing and designing its next- generation core microprocessors with mobility in mind, according to David (Dadi) Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of the firm’s architecture group.
Maxim launches VC group News & Analysis 9/12/2012 Post a comment Analog and mixed-signal chip company Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it has established a corporate venture group.
IPhone 5 expected to spur smartphone rebound News & Analysis 9/11/2012 7 comments The launch of Apple's iPhone 5 is expected to spur the global smartphone market back to growth in the second half of the year after contraction in the second quarter, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Fairchild appoints industry veteran president, COO News & Analysis 9/11/2012 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor has appointed Vijay Ullal president and chief operating officer, charging him with responsibility for all operating activities including product lines, sales and marketing, technology development, manufacturing and supply chain management.
D2S tips model-based mask data prep tool News & Analysis 9/11/2012 Post a comment Claiming an industry first, computational design tool vendor D2S rolled out a tool said to offer fully automated, full-chip mask data preparation for complex photomasks at 20-nm and below process nodes.
ST plans production stoppages News & Analysis 9/11/2012 Post a comment STMicroelectronics is planning production stoppages at its wafer fabs in Crolles, France, and Catania, Italy, amid reports that CEO Carlo Bozotti will soon announce a reorganization of the company that may include a change of business model,
Researchers claim semiconductors grown on graphene News & Analysis 9/10/2012 Post a comment A group of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have patented and are commercializing a technology for growing gallium arsenide nanowires on graphene, a breakthrough that could help pave the way for flexible, self-powered electronics integrated into everything from clothing to notepads.
Ramtron says Cypress bid still too low News & Analysis 9/10/2012 Post a comment Ferroelectric random access memory vendor Ramtron International said its board of directors once again rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Cypress Semiconductor, saying Cypress's latest bid remains too low.
Kalray samples 28-nm processor News & Analysis 9/10/2012 1 comment Kalray SA, fabless chip company that developed the MPPA multicored processor family for embedded applications, has announced it is now providing samples of its 28-nm MPPA-256 chip, which includes 256 processor cores.
TI leads power management IC rankings News & Analysis 9/10/2012 4 comments Texas Instruments Inc. retained its position in 2011 as the leading manufacturer of power management ICs, according to a ranking produced by market research firm IHS.
TSMC set to expand 2013 capex News & Analysis 9/10/2012 1 comment Foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will boost capital expenditures for 2013 to $10 billion, up from about $8.25 billion in 2012, according to reports that also reckon it will be making processors for Apple in 2013.
ST releases advanced Power MOSFET family Product News 9/7/2012 2 comments ST claims that its 900V and 950V SuperMESH 5 Power MOSFETs deliver the industry’s best efficiency at 900V and highest voltage rating at 950V for enhanced application reliability in green-energy applications.
ISSI backs Nanya in specialty DRAM plan News & Analysis 9/7/2012 2 comments DRAM maker Nanya Technology received about $200 million in backing from parent Formosa Plastics Group, including a $27 million equity investment from Integrated Silicon Solution as part of a foundry supply deal.
August sales shine for UMC News & Analysis 9/7/2012 Post a comment Sales revenue at United Microelectronics Corp. was up in August, following a trend that has continued for several months and that is starting to indicate that the foundry could yet record sales growth for the year.
Intel revenue hit by weak demand News & Analysis 9/7/2012 14 comments Intel Corp. has lowered its forecast for third quarter revenue due to weaker than expected demand and said that it will reduce capital spending for 2012 below the previous minimum estimate of $12.1 billion.
NAND flash memory in short supply News & Analysis 9/7/2012 5 comments Just six weeks after Toshiba announced it was cutting its production of NAND flash memory chips, a maker of solid-state drives has signaled it can't get enough of the memory chips.
Apple and its Samsung memory order News & Analysis 9/7/2012 11 comments Apple has reduced its order with Samsung for memory ICs intended for its forthcoming model of iPhone, according to a Reuters report that referenced an unnamed source.