Maxim beats revenue target News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products posted net revenue of $339.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 28, besting company guidance for the term.
IDT posts big loss; to sell network search assets News & Analysis 4/30/2009 Post a comment Hurt by a hefty write down, mixed-signal chip vendor Integrated Device Technology reported a GAAP net loss of $719.2 million on revenue of $107.4 million for the quarter ended March 29 and said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell assets of its network search engine products to NetLogic Microsystems for $90 million.
LFoundry rolls RF process design kit Product News 4/30/2009 Post a comment Aiming at designers of analog/mixed signal and RF devices, LFoundry GmbH (Landshut, Germany) has introduced a process design kit (PDK). The PDK enables designing chips operating at frequencies of up to 15 GHz, the company promises.
Nokia's new 'wave' and eyeSight are no empty gestures News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Taking advantage of Nokia's newly exposed camera API, eyeSight Mobile Technologies developed an image processing algorithm, which translates a mere wave of the hand -- captured by a camera sensor on mobile handset -- into a gesture-controlled user interface.
Updated: Atmel lays off 293 workers News & Analysis 4/28/2009 Post a comment A spokesperson for Atmel confirmed that the company laid off 293 workers, including 266 at the company's fab in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 27 at the company's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
Does the EDA industry have a roadmap? Blog 4/27/2009 Post a comment In the technology world, a roadmap is a living document that projects contexts, requirements, and potential solutions into the future. Every industry roadmaps its key technologies, products and markets, for several basic reasons.
Accenture unearths engineer ennui News & Analysis 4/27/2009 7 comments Accenture's new report warns that a growing number of employees at chip companies are becoming "distrustful" of upper management, "disenchanted" in their work, and "fearful of losing their jobs."
Company Spotlight on Skycross Design How-To 4/27/2009 Post a comment I had an opportunity to talk with Joe Gifford, VP of business development for SkyCross. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SkyCross, they provide antenna solutions to the mobile phone, home entertainment, and computing industries. There are a few interesting things about SkyCross.
Toumaz set to print shares to acquire own spin-off News & Analysis 4/27/2009 Post a comment Toumaz Holdings Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a company formed to exploit low-power use of silicon transistors operating in the sub-threshold region of operation, has announced plans to acquire Future Waves, a spin-off formed by Toumaz in 2005.
Nujira wins handset design slot for low-power PA News & Analysis 4/27/2009 Post a comment Nujira Ltd. (Cambridge, England), an RF engineering startup, has announced that its Coolteq technology for reducing the power consumption of power amplifiers has achieved a design win and purchase agreement with a handset maker.
20V MOSFET delivers ultra-low RDS(ON) Product News 4/23/2009 Post a comment Intended for portable applications, Fairchild Semiconductor is offering a 20V 2mm x 2mm x 0.55mm thin MicroFET MOSFET that provides what the company says is the lowest RDS(ON) in the industry.
Who is inside the Kindle 2? Design How-To 4/22/2009 1 comment Who are the component winners for Amazon.com Inc.'s new Kindle 2? Try E-Ink, Epson, Freescale, Multek, Lico, Novatel, Qualcomm, Samsung and others.
Analog profile: Andrew Beckett News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment Analog designer and EDA expert Andrew Beckett's career path is testament to the opportunities that abound during the ups and downs of the semiconductor cycle.
Bluetooth upgrade rides 802.11 radios News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released its version 3.0 specification supporting data rates up to 24 Mbits/second over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step toward the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.
UWB startup Radiospire folds News & Analysis 4/21/2009 5 comments Another ultrawideband startup bites the dust as Radiospire Networks Inc. confirms it is closing its doors, but three remaining UWB startups remain committed to the technology despite a string of bad news over the last nine months.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 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 ...