DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks News & Analysis 1/29/2010 Post a comment DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Atmel puts smart card business up for sale News & Analysis 1/29/2010 1 comment Microcontroller vendor Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it is exploring the potential sale of its smart card business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland but that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its customer-specific products and aerospace businesses.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite News & Analysis 1/28/2010 6 comments The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Analysis: Why a sustained ASP turnaround could be a mirage News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), has been at the bullish end of the spectrum of market researchers' opinion through most of the last decade. He remains so, but he is convinced that at long last the conditions are coming together to create manufacturing capacity shortages and a boom for chip makers and vendors.
TSMC profits in Q4 on returning demand News & Analysis 1/28/2010 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to post a net income of NT$32.67 billion (about $1.02 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$92.09 billion (about $2.88 billion) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
PLX Tech reports record revenue News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment Chip vendor PLX Technology reported a net income of $2.6 million on revenue of $26.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The company announced record revenue for the year of $82.8 million.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
U.S. cracks down on Energy Star violators News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy plans to start conducting its own tests soon to determine whether products are in compliance with the Energy Star program, the latest step in a broad initiative under the Obama Administration to crack down on an electronics industry that has been lax in adhering to the requirements of the energy efficiency program.
Rise of the Embedded Internet Design How-To 1/19/2010 Post a comment This Intel white paper looks at how breakthroughs in computing performance per watt, along with advances in wired and wireless broadband connectivity, will enable the development of billions of new intelligent embedded devices - the embedded Internet.
AMD jumps into fabless chip company ranking News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment Only seven fabless chip companies out of the top 25 managed to grow their revenue in 2009, according to market research company IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.). However, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) jumped into the rankings at number two, courtesy of its divestment of its manufacturing to GlobalFoundries.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Lime, Percello create femtocell reference design News & Analysis 1/18/2010 Post a comment Lime Microsystems Ltd. (Guildford, England), a developer of multiband multistandard RF transceiver ICs, has announced that it is collaborating with Percello Ltd. (Ra'anana, Isreal) to develop a reference platform for femtocell designs.
Nokia leads Greenpeace electronics ranking News & Analysis 1/14/2010 1 comment Environmental lobby organization Greenpeace International (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has kept Nokia at the top of its Greener Electronics Guide as it moved into its fourteenth edition.
TSMC to recruit 3,000 engineers, says report News & Analysis 1/14/2010 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) said Thursday (Jan. 14) that it planned to recruit more than 3,000 employees to help it expand manufacturing capacity, according to a Reuters report.
Apple, Qualcomm seen as winners of CES trends News & Analysis 1/12/2010 2 comments In the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, analysts are upbeat on the outlook for consumer systems, especially those tied to emerging mobile devices and 3DTV, and singled out Apple and Qualcomm as two of the big winners from the trends at the show.
Automotive IC market expected to grow 16% in 2010 News & Analysis 1/12/2010 Post a comment The global market for automotive semiconductor chips will rise 16 percent in 2010 to reach $18.4 billion, according to market research company Semicast Research Ltd. (Waterlooville, England), recovering almost all of the ground lost in 2009.
Google smartphone teardown reveals few surprises News & Analysis 1/11/2010 Post a comment Google's Nexus One smartphone carries an estimated bill of materials cost of $174.15 and features chips from Qualcomm, Synaptics and Samsung, among others, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
UMC set to increase capacity, says report News & Analysis 1/11/2010 Post a comment Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) is expected to install equipment in Fab 12b, a 300-mm wafer fab at the Southern Taiwan Science Park soon, and take over a similar factory from ProMOS Technologies Corp., according to a local report.
TSMC's sales fell 11.2% in 2009 News & Analysis 1/8/2010 Post a comment December sales at foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were more than double what they were in the same month in 2008, but annual sales fell by 11.2 percent.
Handset chip sales bounced in Q4, says analyst News & Analysis 1/7/2010 Post a comment Connectivity chips showed the greatest growth within the mobile phone semiconductor market, according to ABI Research. The total revenue for handset Bluetooth, GPS, and WLAN in 2009 is forecast to grow 16 percent compared to 2008, exceeding $1.9 billion, and to show a CAGR of 11 percent between 2009 and 2014, the market researcher said.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...