TSMC's sales fell 11.2% in 2009 News & Analysis 1/8/2010 Post a comment December sales at foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were more than double what they were in the same month in 2008, but annual sales fell by 11.2 percent.
Handset chip sales bounced in Q4, says analyst News & Analysis 1/7/2010 Post a comment Connectivity chips showed the greatest growth within the mobile phone semiconductor market, according to ABI Research. The total revenue for handset Bluetooth, GPS, and WLAN in 2009 is forecast to grow 16 percent compared to 2008, exceeding $1.9 billion, and to show a CAGR of 11 percent between 2009 and 2014, the market researcher said.
Prepare for 2010 demand surge, says analyst News & Analysis 1/7/2010 Post a comment Looking forward to 2010 Bill McClean of IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) observed that both PC and cellphone unit volume shipments are forecast to increase at double-digit rates in 2010 and that this indicates an IC market boom is coming.
SMSC posts smaller profit on better sales News & Analysis 1/6/2010 Post a comment Citing market share gains and improving business conditions in end markets, mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC said it posted sales of $87.2 million for the quarter ended Nov. 30, 2009, up 16 percent sequentially and up 4 percent year-to-year.
Power Supply Design Considerations for Modern FPGAs Design How-To 1/6/2010 Post a comment Today's FPGAs tend to operate at lower voltages and higher currents than their predecessors. Consequently, power supply requirements may be more demanding, requiring special attention to features deemed less important in past generations. Failure to consider the output voltage, sequencing, power on, and soft-start requirements, can result in unreliable power up or potential damage to the FPGA.
November chip sales up 27.5% on a year ago News & Analysis 1/6/2010 Post a comment November's global market for semiconductors was $21.63 billion, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the upwardly revised figure for October of $22.19 billion, but exceeded the November 2008 actual sales figure of $16.96 billion by 27.5 percent.
20 Analog Product Picks of 2009 Product News 1/5/2010 Post a comment Analog Design Line Europe's 20 Product Picks of 2009 feature the star performing products that have been selected based on a mixture of web site page view statistics coupled with the Analog Design Line Europe editor's own opinion of what were the most interesting analog or mixed-signal products of 2009.
Consumer stereo ADC touts low pin count Product News 1/5/2010 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics plc has added to its Pure Sound audio portfolio a low pin count, low power stereo ADC that offers high quality line input audio performance in recordable media applications, including LCD TVs, set top boxes and DVD recorders.
Magnetic sensors attract in 2010 Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 1/5/2010 Post a comment The silicon magnetic sensor market is set to commence a period of strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp.
SIA salutes resumption of chip sales growth News & Analysis 1/4/2010 Post a comment Commenting on the three-month average of global chip sales for November, George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that year-on-year sales growth had resumed and most markets were showing signs of strength.
Top 25 predictions for semis in 2010 News & Analysis 1/4/2010 9 comments Looking into my crystal ball, I have released my own chip forecasts--and other predictions--for 2010. These are my top 25 predictions, which are strictly my opinions.