NXP is planning billion-dollar IPO, say reports News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment NXP BV, the chip company that resulted from a buy out from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by a private equity consortium, is planning to list its shares, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports that cite unnamed sources.
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
TSMC applies to take 10% stake in SMIC News & Analysis 3/29/2010 Post a comment Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has applied to the Taiwan government for approval to acquire a 10 percent stake in China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., according to reports.
IDT signs up to use Samplify compression News & Analysis 3/26/2010 Post a comment Integrated Device Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a developer of mixed-signal ICs for communications, has announced a joint development program with Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a maker of data converter designs and ICs.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home News & Analysis 3/24/2010 2 comments Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance News & Analysis 3/22/2010 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc, Renault and MontaVista Software have joined GENIVI, an automotive electronics industry alliance that is seeking to drive adoption of an open-source car infotainment platform. MontaVista joined GENIVI as a core member in June, 2009 and now the three companies have all been elected to take seats on the board of directors of the organization.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip Product News 3/22/2010 Post a comment With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
Quartics opens Shanghai R&D center News & Analysis 3/19/2010 Post a comment Quartics Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) has announced the opening in Shanghai of its center of excellence for video algorithm development and systems engineering. The company also introduced its programmable Qvu processor for video enhancement technology to consumers and OEM/ODM customers in China.
GPS-enabled GSM/WCMDA handset shipments jumped 92% in 2009 News & Analysis 3/19/2010 Post a comment Global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units, according to analysis firm Berg Insight AB (Gothenburg, Sweden). With growth set to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO News & Analysis 3/15/2010 Post a comment MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
End of conflict at ST-Ericsson Caen News & Analysis 3/12/2010 Post a comment An official statement from France's Ministry of Industry announced the end of balance-of-power between ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics NV, and 114 employees at its site in Caen, in the French region of Normandy. An agreement was signed on March 11.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4 Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
Analysts cite five opportunities in mobile data News & Analysis 3/8/2010 Post a comment Systems and semiconductor companies have a handful of opportunities for growth in mobile data networks despite the fact most carriers will keep a lid on capital equipment spending over the next two years, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
Atom, Tabula, Samsung lead weekly story ranking Blog 3/5/2010 Post a comment Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, March 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
TSMC, UMC lose production to quake News & Analysis 3/4/2010 Post a comment Foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinhcu, Taiwan) and United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) have reported on the impact of an earthquake that hit southern Taiwan at 8:18 am local time on March 4, 2010.
WSTS: January chip sales up 72% on a year ago News & Analysis 3/4/2010 2 comments January's global market for semiconductors was $22.38 billion according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the figure for December 2009 of $23.48 billion, but exceeded the January 2009 actual sales figure of $13.02 billion by 71.9 percent.
ESC: Panel to debate wireless sensor networks News & Analysis 3/4/2010 4 comments A panel of experts has been drawn together to discuss the future of wireless sensor networks at the Embedded Systems Conference, which take place April 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
3-D TVs for industry: $64B; health research: zero News & Analysis 3/3/2010 2 comments Plenty of money will be made selling stereo 3-D televisions over the next few years, according to two market research reports issued this week, but whether any of it funds research on the health impacts of broad use of such novel systems remains to be seen.
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.