Analysis: Why Renesas is creating mobile IC spinoff
News & Analysis 10/31/2010 5 comments
Renesas Electronics' decision to spin out its mobile semiconductor products into a separate subsidiary is motivated not only by the differences between the markets for microcontrollers and baseband chips, but also to help protect Renesas' power amplifier business.
USB - the car-consumer connection
Design How-To 10/29/2010 3 comments
In automotive environments, USB interface technology is about to conquer the pole position among competitive technologies. At chip level, the supporting infrastructure is already available.
Analog chip vendors post profits
News & Analysis 10/28/2010 5 comments
Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and MaxLinear reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters
Design implications of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
Design How-To 10/28/2010 Post a comment
On September 30th, the IEEE ratified IEEE Std. 802.3az-2010, specifying the technology and requirements for the development of Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) components and systems. This paper outlines the basic premise and features of the amendment and how it can impact your next design.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7
Blog 10/26/2010 11 comments
The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
Xtrinsic sensors trigger satellite airbags
News & Analysis 10/19/2010 2 comments
Claiming to shrink the size, increase the reliability and lower the cost of satellite airbag sensors, Freescale Semiconductor unveiled smart Xtrinsic airbag accelerometers at the Convergence 2010 automotive tradeshow in Detroit.
Diodes’ ZXLD1374 LED driver
Product News 10/19/2010 Post a comment
Diodes Inc.’s new multi-topology LED driver, the ZXLD1374, is designed to increase the performance of high brightness automotive, industrial and commercial lighting systems.
AMI models: What, why and how?
Design How-To 10/18/2010 Post a comment
IBIS AMI specifications are released by the IBIS committee. The specifications define the interface between EDA tools and an AMI model but the IBIS AMI model generation remains a challenge to many IC vendors. This paper discusses IBIS AMI generation flow by taking a simple example of a PCI Express transmitter.
Renesas execs singing from the same song book
Semi Conscious 10/15/2010 5 comments
Renesas Electronics executives mostly stick to the script when talking about the merger with NEC. But behind the corporate speak there appears to be genuine enthusiasm for the new No.3 chip vendor.
Lfoundry to help build Malaysian wafer fab
News & Analysis 10/15/2010 16 comments
Landshut Silicon Foundry GmbH has signed an agreement with QT Hightech Malaysia Sdn Bhd to help build a 200-mm wafer fab in the Kulim High-tech Park in Malaysia, according to local reports.
TI buys former SMIC fab in Chengdu
News & Analysis 10/15/2010 17 comments
Texas Instruments acquired a 200-mm wafer fab in China which was previously operated by Chinese foundry SMIC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fairchild profits on steady sales in Q3
News & Analysis 10/14/2010 3 comments
Analog and power IC vendor Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. saw profits slide sequentially on sales revenue up 1 percent in the third quarter but its net profit beat analysts' expectations while its quarterly revenue was slightly lower than the consensus.
Renesas readies mixed-signal MCUs
News & Analysis 10/14/2010 15 comments
Renesas Electronics is likely to introduce its first mixed-signal microcontrollers within the next two years, according to top executive Yasushi Akao.
VC, M&A activity dipped in Q3, says GSA
News & Analysis 10/13/2010 Post a comment
The value venture capital deals and number of mergers and acquisitions involving semiconductor companies all dipped in the third quarter of 2010, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Silicon Labs buys Irish sensor startup
News & Analysis 10/12/2010 20 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has acquired ChipSensors Ltd., a developer of a dielectric-as-sensor technology designed to detect temperature, humidity and gases. The amount paid was not disclosed.
Exec: Microsemi to support all Actel products
News & Analysis 10/6/2010 27 comments
Microsemi has no intention of killing off any Actel product lines following the anticipated close of the $430 million tender offer the company made for Actel earlier this week, according to a Microsemi executive.