GT Solar buys firm
News & Analysis 7/30/2010 1 comment
GT Solar International Inc., a provider of photovoltaic manufacturing services for the solar industry, has acquired privately-held Crystal Systems Inc.
SiGe Semi files for IPO
News & Analysis 7/30/2010 Post a comment
RF chip maker SiGe Semiconductor Inc. has filed for an initial public offering of shares of its common stock on NASDAQ under the symbol ''SIGE.''
More fab tool vendors top expectations
News & Analysis 7/29/2010 Post a comment
More semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendors posted strong quarterly results, with Lam Research, Teradyne and Axcelis Technologies all putting up numbers that exceeded analysts' expectations.
ASMI buys Siemens' SMT business
News & Analysis 7/29/2010 1 comment
Germany's Siemens AG will sell its assembly systems business--Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (SEAS)--to ASM Pacific Technology.
Report: Renesas plans massive layoffs
News & Analysis 7/28/2010 3 comments
Amid plans to embrace foundries, Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. reportedly plans to cut nearly 10 percent of its workforce, or about 5,000 jobs, by year's end.
Musings about Tabula and other FPGA startups
Blog 7/28/2010 6 comments
It has been a bad few weeks for FPGA startups. Tier Logic and Abound Logic (M2000) closed the doors, both apparently unable to get funding to continue. After some prodding from several high tech journalists, some bloggers, and a slew of calls from investor/wall street types, I started looking into the Tabula FPGA technology.
FormFactor posts another loss
News & Analysis 7/27/2010 Post a comment
Probe card maker FormFactor reported strong gains in second quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations, but the company notched another loss in the wake of management changes and layoffs.
ARM reports sales, profits up in Q2
News & Analysis 7/27/2010 3 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc reported increased sales and profits in its second quarter. The company said it would increase its dividend by 20 percent and observed that it had increased market share in all target markets.
NXP prices IPO to raise $700 million
News & Analysis 7/23/2010 2 comments
In a reduction of the expected billion-dollar initial public offering NXP has priced its IPO offering of 34 million shares at between $18 and $21 each, to raise between $612 million and $714 million.
Microsoft-ARM deal is a game-changer
News & Analysis 7/23/2010 8 comments
Microsoft's move to take an architectural license from ARM means ARM support for Microsoft in consumer applications and Microsoft support for ARM in PCs is looking not only likely, but strategic for both companies.
Microsoft takes ARM architectural license
News & Analysis 7/23/2010 6 comments
Microsoft has signed an architectural license agreement with ARM Holdings plc, giving the software giant access to the ARM processor architecture and the freedom to design its own 'ARM' chips.