TSMC forecasts falling sales in Q3
News & Analysis 7/28/2011 Post a comment
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has announced that its net income fell in the second quarter and has forecast its revenue will decline by about 7 percent in the third quarter.
ADI invests $70 million in Irish R&D
Research 7/27/2011 Post a comment
The Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA Ireland) has announced that chip company Analog Devices Inc. is embarking on a 50 million euro (about $70 million) R&D investment program at its Raheen campus near Limerick.
STMicroelectronics collaborates with Soundchip to bring HD-PA to market
News & Analysis 7/27/2011 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is to collaborate with Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based electro-acoustics consultancy and originator of the High Definition Personal Audio (HD-PA) Standard, to bring HD-PA to market by applying their respective strengths in audio system and semiconductor technology, product design and industrialization methods, audio software and sales and marketing.
Ultra-low power DAC delivers crystal-clear audio
Product News 7/27/2011 Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has unveiled the company's latest high performance ultra-low power stereo digital-to-analog converter (DAC) which delivers superior audio to portable applications including mobile phones, tablet PCs, wireless headsets, multimedia players and handheld gaming devices.
Audio SoC gives access to DSP cores
Product News 7/26/2011 Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced a single-chip audio processor that could, potentially, replace up to five of its discrete ICs in mobile devices, including mobile phones, tablet PCs and other handheld media devices.
VoIP SLIC promises smaller BoM
Product News 7/26/2011 Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories is claiming the title of industry's most integrated, cost-effective and power-efficient subscriber line interface circuit (SLIC) solution for voice-over-IP (VoIP) gateways, with its new Si3226x Dual ProSLIC family.
Silicon Labs warns of weak demand
News & Analysis 7/25/2011 2 comments
Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories reported second quarter sales and profit that handily beat consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that it expects sales to fall in the third quarter due to weak end user demand.
Triad offers 1 million gates plus analog
Product News 7/25/2011 4 comments
Triad Semiconductor Inc., whose via-configurable arrays offer programmable analog with a microcontroller, has announced the availability of its largest configurable array to date, the VCA-6, with more than one million ASIC gates.
A Volt for a week
Blog 7/22/2011 16 comments
I have a Chevy Volt to drive for a week. If you have any questions on the car or its operation, post them here and I'll try and answer them.
Microsemi offers $549 million to buy Zarlink
News & Analysis 7/20/2011 4 comments
Analog and mixed signal chip company Microsemi Corp. has announced that it has made a third offer to acquire Canadian mixed-signal chip company Zarlink Semiconductor Inc., this time worth $548.7 million.
Spreadtrum agrees to buy Telegent
News & Analysis 7/19/2011 2 comments
Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Telegent Systems Inc., a developer of software and silicon for the reception of live broadcast television signals.
IDMs to hurt pure-play foundries, says report
News & Analysis 7/18/2011 5 comments
The offer of foundry services and aggressive spending by integrated device makers (IDMs), including Intel and Samsung, is set to impact on pure-play foundries such as TSMC and UMC, according to Taipei Times, which referenced a report from Fitch Ratings.
Uncertainty clouds Telegent's future
News & Analysis 7/15/2011 9 comments
Telegent Systems Inc., a vendor of TV receiver chips for cell phones and other mobile devices with engineering resources in China, has closed according to Chinese reports which EE Times has seen in Google translation.
Samsung Foundry tapes out 20-nm ARM test chip
News & Analysis 7/12/2011 9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said that is foundry chip making business has taped out an ARM processor test-chip intended for manufacture in a 20-nm process with high-K metal-gate technology.
Globalfoundries says New York wafer fab is ready for kit
News & Analysis 7/12/2011 5 comments
Globalfoundries Inc., the foundry that is majority owned by an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, has said that its newly constructed cleanroom in New York and a cleanroom extension in Dresden have both had the first chip making equipment installed.
Japan hit by magnitude 7.0 aftershock
News & Analysis 7/11/2011 4 comments
Northeastern Japan suffered an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on Sunday morning. It gave rise to tsunami warnings, subsequently withdrawn, and is described as an aftershock to 9.0 earthquake of March 11, 2011 that devastated the region.
WSTS: Chip market now shrinking year-on-year
News & Analysis 7/11/2011 1 comment
Thanks to modifications made to April's actual chip market figures by WSTS, May becomes the second month on the bounce in which the global chip market has been smaller than it was in the same month in the year before.
TSMC posts weak June, Q2 sales figures
News & Analysis 7/8/2011 3 comments
Net sales in June 2011 for foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were down on a sequential basis, running against historic trends for the month, which helped produce a weak second quarter net sales figure, although this had been forecast.