NXP today: 'Practically a Chinese company'
News & Analysis 4/30/2012 33 comments
Rick Clemmer, NXP’s CEO, said last week, NXP today is “practically a Chinese company.” NXP makes more money in China than in any other single country. Further, the Dutch company employs 8,000 people in China.
2012 chip market to grow 7%, says analyst
News & Analysis 4/30/2012 1 comment
Growth in the semiconductor market will accelerate in the second half of 2012 and achieve an annual percentage figure of 6 to 7 percent, according to Mali Venkatesan, research manager for semiconductors at International Data Corp.
Efficient amplification for real-world audio
Design How-To 4/25/2012 3 comments
Amplifier topologies are claiming 90%+ efficiencies, however this is delivered only at full output power - quiescent power consumption is anything but efficient. Here we examine how to cut both quiescent and variable losses to create a truly efficient audio amplifier IC.
VLSI confab brings technology, circuits to the fore
News & Analysis 4/20/2012 1 comment
The inextricable interdependence of technology processing and circuit design is behind the decision to overlap their technical programs at the 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits to be held in Honolulu in June.
Inward looking Renesas needs to spin outward
Blog 4/19/2012 14 comments
Whatever happened to the proposed merger of Japan’s chip vendors reported earlier this year? If you’ve been thinking that this big deal was idle, media-led speculation, I beg to differ. This baby’s still in the womb.
Analyst: Linear Tech's outlook signals IC recovery
News & Analysis 4/18/2012 1 comment
Analysts were lukewarm on Linear Technology following its quarterly report, but one analyst said the firm's guidance for the current quarter offers confirmation of a gradual recovery for the semiconductor industry.
Nissan Leaf redux
Automotive DesignLine Blog 4/9/2012 41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 4th
Blog 4/4/2012 Post a comment
Dialog, TSMC, Open-Silicon, Analog Bits, Gartner, ABI, Synopsys, Analog Devices, Kilopass, CEVA, OCP-IP, NXP and MarketsandMarkets made the lineup today. See here for their news…
NXP buys Dutch design house for automotive thrust
News & Analysis 4/4/2012 5 comments
Dutch chip company NXP has agreed to buy electronic design house and IP licensor Catena Holding NV and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed sum. NXP said it plans to put Catena's engineers to work on automotive applications.
Samsung ninth going on fourth in foundry ranks, says Gartner
News & Analysis 4/2/2012 8 comments
The worldwide semiconductor foundry market totaled $29.8 billion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. The top four foundries held their rankings from the previous year. But of those four only the leader, TSMC, increased its market share, taking it to 48.8 percent of the total foundry business.