Freescale puts Toulouse, Sendai wafer fabs up for sale
News & Analysis 11/9/2009 Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has appointed Colliers International's Advanced Technology Resource Group (ATREG) to act as advisor in the sale of Freescale's 150-mm semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Toulouse, France and Sendai, Japan.
Comment: Is Abu Dhabi targeting Intel rather than TSMC?
Blog 11/9/2009 6 comments
With Waleed Al Muhairi, chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle Mubadala Development Co., predicting Abu Dhabi would be making chips at home within four years, we are reminded that the Gulf states' aspirations to get into the chip business are long-enduring. But when Al Muhairi said Abu Dhabi wants to compete with Intel was that hubris?
Top ten Chinese chip design houses ranked
News & Analysis 11/5/2009 4 comments
The Chinese IC design sector was worth 23.52 billion yuan (about $3.44 billion) in 2008, and threw up some changes in the top ten ranking, according a report by Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute.
Enabling dramatic change around the world
News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment
A recent trip to my native country of Pakistan gave me insight into the potential of cell phones in developing countries, and the potential for low-cost PLDs with transceivers to enable infrastructure companies in these regions to design products with a strict eye on product cost.
Altera announces Cyclone IV FPGAs
Product News 11/2/2009 Post a comment
Altera announced the newest Cyclone low-cost FPGA family, which adds support for mainstream serial protocols as well as a rich supply of logic, memory and DSP capabilities. The company also rolled out version 9.1 of its Quartus II design software.
DAC survey uncovers surprises
Blog 11/2/2009 Post a comment
At this year's DAC in San Francisco, EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) conducted a survey to determine preferences and prevalence of verification environments.
In this guest blog, Lauro Rizzatti, general manager of EVE USA, presents the survey findings, bearing strong promises for hardware-assisted verification vendors.
September averaged global chip sales show 8.2% growth
News & Analysis 11/2/2009 Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $20.64 billion in September, up 8.2 percent from an upwardly revised $19.07 billion in August, and down 10.1 percent from September 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.