Survey shows how users want more on mobiles News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment Users of mobile computing and portable communications expect to access more multimedia content over time but are not prepared to pay much by way of a subscription for the right, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, Hampshire).
October's averaged chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard News & Analysis 11/30/2009 7 comments The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
Tower makes deal to export know-how, equipment News & Analysis 11/23/2009 1 comment Loss-making foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), which trades as TowerJazz, has announced it plans to transfer "manufacturing know-how and certain equipment" to support an un-named Asian company ramp up production.
Semiconductor industry close to sold out, says SICAS News & Analysis 11/17/2009 Post a comment Chip manufacturing capacity is falling and as demand is increasing the chip industry is becoming close to being sold-out. Manufacturing capacity utilization has climbed above 90 percent in several leading-edge sectors, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics organization.
CEO's pay, SMIC, Zune lead weekly story ranking Blog 11/13/2009 Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 13. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Qualcomm demos Adobe Flash 10 on ARM-based netbook News & Analysis 11/13/2009 Post a comment Mobile phone service provider AT&T is going to supply customers with the first ARM-based netbook, according to Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.). Jacobs showed the Lenovo-made device to attendees at the company's investor day in New York Thursday (Nov. 12).
Mifare success was built on multiple sources, says NXP News & Analysis 11/12/2009 Post a comment NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has said that the motivation behind the licensing of its Mifare contactless communication technology to STMicroelectronics NV is to provide multiple sources of the chips for use in SIM cards for mobile phones and in bank cards, which will into drive market acceptance.
Qualcomm sampling 1-GHz smartphone chipsets News & Analysis 11/12/2009 2 comments Qualcomm said it is sampling a new smartphone chipset family that emphasizes multimedia capabilities and boasts performance of up to 1 GHz. The company also announced sampling of its first chipsets supporting dual-carrier HSPA+ and multi-mode 3G/LTE.
Volkswagen appoints e-car chief representative News & Analysis 11/12/2009 Post a comment With the appointment of a chief representative for electric traction, Volkswagen highlights the importance of the e -car for its product strategy. The company has named the former CEO of automotive supplier Continental AG, Karl-Thomas Neumann, for the position.
Online media boxes set to go mainstream, says In-Stat News & Analysis 11/10/2009 Post a comment A new class of consumer electronic equipment is emerging that encompasses Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), Digital Media Players (DMPs), and Digital Media Receivers (DMRs), according to In-Stat (Scottsale, Ariz.). And the class will be responsible for 4.5 million units shipping in 2013, the market research company has predicted.
IMEC device can link to single nerve cells Product News 11/9/2009 Post a comment The IMEC research center in Leuven, Belgium, has developed a chip with microscopic nails that can interface with an individual heart or nerve cell, a device geared for in vitro medical research and ready for mass production.
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.
Losses continue as Tower celebrates growth News & Analysis 11/9/2009 Post a comment Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a chip foundry that trades as TowerJazz, turned in a net loss on increased sales for the third quarter of 2009. The company forecast strong revenue growth in the fourth quarter but did not comment on profitability.
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?