Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst
News & Analysis 12/31/2008 Post a comment
A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns
News & Analysis 12/30/2008 Post a comment
Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Medical giant designs in Amimon wireless
Product News 12/30/2008 8 comments
Stryker Corp., a large medical electronics company, has struck an exclusive deal to use proprietary wireless technology from startup Amimon for its operating room systems, a second major design win for the company which is the midst of a battle with multiple short-range, high bandwidth wireless technologies.
Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock
News & Analysis 12/22/2008 Post a comment
Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
PLX to acquire storage interconnect IC vendor
News & Analysis 12/16/2008 Post a comment
PCI Express Internet chip vendor PLX Technology said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oxford Semiconductor, a privately held fabless provider of silicon and software for the consumer and small office/home office storage markets, in a deal worth at least $26 million.
New energy guidelines stump CE designers
Design How-To 12/13/2008 Post a comment
The new Energy Star 3.0 guidelines slashing the standby power consumption requirement to 1 watt or less will stump TV designers, as SoC to monitor the Consumer Electroincs Control (CEC) command alone could easily blow the 1 watt budget.
G.hn hits milestone toward unified home nets
Design How-To 12/12/2008 Post a comment
The ITU released a key part of the pending G.hn standard that aims to create unified home networking chips able drive throughput rates ranging from 50 to more than 700 Mbits/second over coax, phone or power lines.
Demultiplexer pair ensures DisplayPort compliance
Product News 12/9/2008 Post a comment
Parade Technologies' PS8318 and PS8312 DisplayPort demux products leverage proven advanced equalizer and aux channel link training combination to assure DisplayPort source compliance for desktop, notebook, and docking station PC applications.
Broadcom rolls .11n, B'tooth, FM in handset chip
Product News 12/8/2008 1 comment
Broadcom Corp. has rolled out a new combo chip for mobile devices that is its first to integrate single-stream 802.11n, Bluetooth and FM receive and transmit capabilities, part of an expanding portfolio of wireless combo devices aimed at mobile systems such as cellphones and portable media players.
Intel breaks record with optical CMOS device
News & Analysis 12/7/2008 Post a comment
Researchers from Intel Corp. have demonstrated a photo detector built in CMOS that the company claims is the highest performance optical component of its class to date, research Intel claims shows the way to designs that could increase the distance or lower power and cost of optical links.
Rankings: A peak inside China's chip industry
Product News 12/5/2008 Post a comment
A recent report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers provides a rare glimpse inside China's semiconductor industry, offering a ranking of 29 indigenous Chinese chip firms with 2007 revenue greater than $30 million, according to the firm.
Downturn catching up with comms ICs, says analyst
News & Analysis 12/2/2008 Post a comment
The market for communications ICs--which had been a relative pocket of strength in a downturn-stricken semiconductor industry through the third quarter--is experiencing rapid degradation, forcing suppliers to cut production, according to an analyst.
15-channel chip supports up to 56 touch zones
Product News 12/1/2008 Post a comment
Leadis Technology Inc. has boosted the performance of its LDS60xx family of button ICs with a technology called TapTouch that it says lowers the cost of capacitive touch implementation in high button count applications.
Top 20 chip suppliers: iSuppli's preliminary rankings
News & Analysis 12/1/2008 Post a comment
Six of the top 10 semiconductor companies are expected to suffer revenue declines in 2008, with the broader industry hamstrung by a "disastrous" year for the memory chip segment, according to market research firm iSuppli's preliminary rankings of the top 20 chip suppliers for the year.