Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million News & Analysis 3/30/2010 Post a comment Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
NXP is planning billion-dollar IPO, say reports News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment NXP BV, the chip company that resulted from a buy out from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by a private equity consortium, is planning to list its shares, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports that cite unnamed sources.
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
TSMC applies to take 10% stake in SMIC News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has applied to the Taiwan government for approval to acquire a 10 percent stake in China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., according to reports.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless Product News 3/26/2010 9 comments Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
IDT signs up to use Samplify compression News & Analysis 3/26/2010 Post a comment Integrated Device Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a developer of mixed-signal ICs for communications, has announced a joint development program with Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a maker of data converter designs and ICs.
Letter to the Editor: TI defends analog strategy News & Analysis 3/25/2010 1 comment Texas Instruments Inc. in response to a recent EE Times report on the analog IC market said it has increased investments in manufacturing facilities and boosted production as part of plans to improve lead times for its products.
MaxLinear prices IPO to raise $90 million News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment RF and mixed-signal broadband communications IC provider MaxLinear Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.) priced its initial public offering of 6,444,100 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.
Report highlights emerging 'killer apps' for MEMS Product News 3/23/2010 Post a comment An emerging set of killer applications of micro-electro-mechanical systems is on the horizon, according to Yole Development , which predicts that the total MEMS market will climb from $7 billion in 2009 to over $18 billion in 2015.
IMEC team shows wireless 'thought-to-text' cap News & Analysis 3/23/2010 Post a comment A team of researchers from IMEC, the Holst Center and the lab of neuro- and psychophysiology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven has presented Mind Speller, a thought-to-text device intended to help people with motor disabilities.
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc, Renault and MontaVista Software have joined GENIVI, an automotive electronics industry alliance that is seeking to drive adoption of an open-source car infotainment platform. MontaVista joined GENIVI as a core member in June, 2009 and now the three companies have all been elected to take seats on the board of directors of the organization.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Opnext, Mobius develop CMOS ADC for optical comms News & Analysis 3/19/2010 Post a comment Opnext Inc. (Fremont, Calif.), a developer of optical communications, has announced that it has developed a low-power quad CMOS analog-to-digital converter (ADC), designed for use in a 127-Gbps Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (PM-QPSK) modulation scheme.
Analog vendors battle phantom forecasts News & Analysis 3/18/2010 2 comments The analog semiconductor market is in a fragile state with supply and demand in a state of imbalance and spot shortages showing up in certain product areas but some vendors appear to be managing through the difficult situation better than others.
Mentor joins Nano 2012 R&D Alliance News & Analysis 3/16/2010 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has joined the "Nano 2012" strategic investment program to develop with STMicroelectronics NV advanced design solutions at the 32nm node down to the 20nm node.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO News & Analysis 3/15/2010 Post a comment MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 7 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 ...