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.
Accelerometer propels HP into sensor networks News & Analysis 11/5/2009 Post a comment A secret side project for a Hewlett-Packard engineer has quietly spawned an ultra-sensitive accelerometer that the PC giant hopes to leverage to propel it into sensor networks, an emerging market it sees as the next big wave of computing.
Qualcomm misses estimates, extends Samsung license News & Analysis 11/5/2009 Post a comment Qualcomm reported quarterly sales and guidance that fell short of analyst expectations, but the company announced the extension of a license agreement with South Korea's Samsung Electronics reportedly worth more than $1.3 billion over 15 years.
CSR, TSMC collaborate on 40-nm RF process News & Analysis 11/3/2009 Post a comment CSR plc, a fabless supplier of silicon for applications ranging from Bluetooth to GPS communications, has announced it is collaborating with foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to develop a 40-nm low power RF manufacturing process.
September 'actual' chip sales narrow the gap on 2008 News & Analysis 11/2/2009 Post a comment September's global market for semiconductors was $23.98 billion, down 8.7 percent from the $26.26 billion value for sales recorded in September 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Ireland key to Analog Devices re-org, promotions News & Analysis 11/2/2009 Post a comment Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, Mass.) has created two groups as part of an organizational change. Both will be led by executives who began their careers with ADI in Ireland, where the company has had a presence for many years.
Atheros targets cellphone with Wi-Fi chip News & Analysis 11/2/2009 1 comment Atheros Communications debuts a Wi-Fi chip for cellphones that supports a single-stream version of the latest 802.11n standard, attacking giants such as Broadcom and Texas Instruments who have been winning sockets in handsets with .11g chips that have integrated Bluetooth and FM radio features.
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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.