Apple captive Cirrus gagged News & Analysis 7/31/2012 39 comments With almost 60 percent of its business is coming from a single customer – in this case Apple, Inc., it’s not quite kosher to call Cirrus Logic an independent fabless chip company any more.
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS News & Analysis 7/30/2012 2 comments Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Semtech rolls sub-GHz multi-PHY mode transceiver Product News 7/30/2012 1 comment Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech Corp. said it has introduced the SX1257, a low power digital I/Q RF multi-mode PHY transceiver. Suitable for smart metering applications, the SX1257 supports mandatory and optional 802.15.4g PHY modes, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
TI makes good on NS buy to lead industrial sector News & Analysis 7/25/2012 1 comment Market research firm IHS iSuppli, in its latest report, has confirmed Texas Instruments’ purchase of National Semiconductor has boosted TI’s market share, reinforcing its dominance in 2011, as its revenue from the industrial electronics chip space grew to $2.2 billion, up 24.9 percent from $1.8 billion a year earlier.
Losses up at NXP on increased sales News & Analysis 7/25/2012 2 comments Mixed-signal chip company NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has posted an increased loss on sales that climbed sequentially in the second quarter but were down year-on-year.
ST trims losses, cuts capex News & Analysis 7/24/2012 3 comments A combination of continued losses and renewed market softness for Europe's leading chip company STMicroelectronics NV has led the company to make a 25 percent cut in its capital expenditure budget for 2012.
IDT buys NXP's data converter assets News & Analysis 7/19/2012 1 comment Analog and mixed-signal chip vendor IDT announced the separate acquisitions of NXP's high-speed data converter assets and Alvand Technologies, an analog IP company specializing in data converters. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Does RedMere + Fresco = Spectra7? News & Analysis 7/18/2012 8 comments By marrying two startups – each solid but neither quite ready for its IPO – to form “a new superset company,” Tony Stelliga believes he can ensure that the two, RedMere and Fresco Microchip, will live happily ever after.
Samsung acquires CSR's mobile business News & Analysis 7/17/2012 13 comments Samsung has agreed to pay CSR plc $310 million for its handset connectivity and location operations and the associated technology. Samsung has also agreed to invest an additional $34.4 million to take a 4.9 percent stake in publicly-held CSR.
IC supplier, customer cooperation methodologies drive up electronics system quality Design How-To 7/13/2012 1 comment Although IC manufacturers have been extremely successful in reducing defects, on the other hand a significant part of the quality drive for printed-circuit-board module makers is stemming from reducing electrical over-stress (EOS), electrostatic discharge (ESD), and cases of no-trouble-found (NTF). Solution of these problems requires the involvement of the PCB module maker and the automotive manufacturer as well.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times