Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Photo gallery: Inside TI's RFAB
Semi Conscious 6/30/2011 16 comments
Representatives from Texas Instruments last week invited a few members of the media to Richardson, Texas, for a tour of RFAB—the semiconductor industry's first 300-mm analog fab and first LEED certified fab.
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
Nanoelectronics body doubles 2011 funds to $250-million
Research 6/28/2011 9 comments
The ENIAC Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for the funding of nanoelectronics research in Europe, has said the amount of money available through the latest call for proposals includes grants totaling 175 million euro (about $250 million) an increase of 100 percent on 2010.
Wolfson issues warning over slow sales
News & Analysis 6/27/2011 4 comments
Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
Freescale's makeover: How's it look?
News & Analysis 6/26/2011 32 comments
CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
Analog startup goes old school, gets funding
News & Analysis 6/23/2011 21 comments
An analog IC startup with a seasoned management team and a throwback business model emerged to disclose the receipt of $12 million in series A venture capital funding and announce new analog comparator products.
China white-box handset market in decline
News & Analysis 6/22/2011 4 comments
After a couple of recent profit warnings from white-box – or unbranded – handset manufacturers Nomura Equity Research has concluded that China's handset OEMs are facing structural problems.
ECU architecture ensures failure safety
Design How-To 6/17/2011 3 comments
The complexity of automotive mechatronic systems makes it impossible to fully determine all potential failure modes or to test all possible behavior. The challenge is to architect control units in a way that dangerous failures are prevented or at least sufficiently controlled.
Mobile audio initiative deploys high performance mixed signal technology
News & Analysis 6/13/2011 Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is stepping up its efforts to address what the company claims is one of the most significant challenges facing audio applications in the mobile industry today – the need to meet consumer demand for multimedia mobile devices that offer smaller speakers, sound louder and better, while minimizing impact on battery life.
'Bit-Reshaper' corrects FlexRay timing errors
Design How-To 6/10/2011 1 comment
EMI susceptibility and signal quality issues with complex topologies have prevented a breakthrough of the FlexRay automotive data bus. But here's how to correct bit timing mismatches and significantly improve overall signal quality in FlexRay networks.
National Semi beats estimates; profit slips
News & Analysis 6/9/2011 2 comments
National Semiconductor reported sales for the quarter ended May 29 that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations, though the company's net income declined compared with the year-ago period.
WSTS strips value from Q1 chip market
News & Analysis 6/3/2011 7 comments
The WSTS organization has reduced its figures for global chips sales for each of the months of January, February and March of 2011, in its latest updating of its spreadsheet.
Rusnano draws MEMS firm to Russia
News & Analysis 6/1/2011 3 comments
Rusnano, the Russian government investment fund for nanotechnologies, has said it is investing $15 million into a $22 million project with MEMS-based timing company SiTime Corp. under which the company will open up a development center in Russia.