Broadcom settles stock options suit for $160M News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Fabless chip vendor Broadcom said it has agreed in principle to settle the securities class action litigation pending against the company and some of its current and former officers and directors for $160.5 million in cash.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009 News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Global sales were strong in November, says analyst News & Analysis 12/23/2009 Post a comment Global chip sales in November were strong according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The average of September, October and November chip sales is expected to be reported as $22.5 billion versus $21.7 billion for the equivalent figure in October.
Ford will enable Wi-Fi in some 2010 cars Product News 12/21/2009 Post a comment Ford Motor Co. said the next generation of its Sync in-car infotainment systems to be released in 2010 will support Wi-Fi, but users will have to supply a wireless modem that plugs into the Sync systems USB slot to link the in-car Wi-Fi net to the Internet.
Tower Semiconductor raises Q4 guidance News & Analysis 12/21/2009 Post a comment Foundry IC supplier Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has raised its fourth-quarter revenue guidance to between $98 million and $102 million. Tower trades as TowerJazz.
Nokia, ST-Ericsson partner on TD-SCDMA News & Analysis 12/18/2009 Post a comment Nokia and ST-Ericsson have announced a long-term partnership in the area of TD-SCDMA technology and ICs. As part of the partnership, Nokia will use ST-Ericsson as a supplier of chipsets for its Symbian-based TD-SCDMA portfolio.
MIT gives LCDs a hand in recognizing gestures News & Analysis 12/16/2009 1 comment MIT researchers have added a sensor layer to a liquid-crystal display to let the LCD recognize hand gestures in front of the screen. The bidirectional screen technique, to be shown at Siggraph Asia, promises in-air gesture control of everything from mobile phones to flat-panel TVs.
Is NFC there to stick? A report from CARTES News & Analysis 12/16/2009 Post a comment While smart card manufacturers where showcasing their latest visual tricks and printing capabilities on the busy alleys of CARTES & Identification in Paris, Near field communications (NFC) was definitely in the spotlight, technically there, but still far away from mass deployment.
Broadcom taps 40-nm process for high-def handsets News & Analysis 12/16/2009 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. is sampling its first 40 nm chip, a cellphone media processor capable of recording full 1080-progressive high definition video, the company said at its annual meeting with Wall Street analysts where it positioned itself as poised for a return to profitable growth that will outpace its markets.
Broadcom lifts Q4 guidance News & Analysis 12/15/2009 Post a comment Citing stronger than expected demand in broadband and enterprise networking markets, Broadcom raised its fourth quarter sales target by about 5 percent, saying the company now expects to report revenue of roughly $1.32 billion.
Startup tweaks 802.11n for whole home video News & Analysis 12/14/2009 2 comments Startup ProVision Communications is giving customers a sneak peak of its wireless video technology that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January using software and an antenna design based on 802.11n that it claims can deliver video wirelessly throughout a home.
Tower wins 4G front end IC foundry order News & Analysis 12/14/2009 Post a comment Fabless chip company VT Silicon Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia) is developing an RF front end IC for 4G communications, which is set to be manufactured by Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel). Tower trades as TowerJazz.
Appliance makers outline needs for smart grid Product News 12/14/2009 Post a comment The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade association of appliance makers, has released a technical paper outlining what the group needs to enable its products for a smart electric grid as talks continue at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Osram opens Malaysian fab News & Analysis 12/10/2009 Post a comment Osram Opto Semiconductors has completed the construction and process-testing phases at its LED semiconductor fab in Penang, Malaysia, the company said.
WiGig group gives first peak at 60 GHz spec News & Analysis 12/10/2009 Post a comment The Wireless Gigabit Alliance, an ad hoc group that includes top Wi-Fi chip makers, gave the first peak into its specification for 60 GHz links capable of sending data at rates of 1-7 Gbits/second and aimed at addressing a wide variety of computer and consumer applications.
Redmere closes $5.6 million funding round News & Analysis 12/10/2009 Post a comment Redmere Technology Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) a supplier of equalizing transceiver ICs for active cables, has secured $5.6 million in Series B funding which was led by Celtic House Venture Partners, Toronto.
Day of the Indian engineer News & Analysis 12/9/2009 17 comments Indian engineers can have their day under the sun soon blessed as they are with advantages such as low average age, desirous of staying current on news and continuing technical education and are not blinkered by age-old methods, according to a senior Mentor Graphics executive.
WHDI group announces spec for wireless video News & Analysis 12/8/2009 Post a comment The WHDI Consortium has completed its specification for wireless video over a 5 GHz variant of Wi-Fi based on technology from startup chip designer Amimon, one of at least four major approaches to delivering wireless video in the digital home.
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.