LSI reports $104 million loss as sales tumble News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Abhi Talwalkar is not calling the bottom, but the chief executive of LSI Corp. is looking for glimmers of hope in his company's latest quarterly results in which it lost $104 million as sales tumbled 27 percent compared to the first three months of 2008.
Wi-Fi startup raises $18 million News & Analysis 4/29/2009 Post a comment Quantenna Communications, Inc., a startup focused on consumer Wi-Fi network chips for consumer video, has closed a $13.85 million Series C funding round led by new investor.
Updated: Atmel lays off 293 workers News & Analysis 4/28/2009 Post a comment A spokesperson for Atmel confirmed that the company laid off 293 workers, including 266 at the company's fab in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 27 at the company's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
Nokia's NFC phone sends the right messages News & Analysis 4/23/2009 Post a comment Mobile phone maker Nokia claimed it has changed the prospects for Near Field Communications (NFC) in the mobile sector with the surprise announcement that it will start shipping in the third quarter, in selected markets, its first SIM-based handset – the 6216 Classic.
Bluetooth upgrade rides 802.11 radios News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released its version 3.0 specification supporting data rates up to 24 Mbits/second over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step toward the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.
UWB startup Radiospire folds News & Analysis 4/21/2009 5 comments Another ultrawideband startup bites the dust as Radiospire Networks Inc. confirms it is closing its doors, but three remaining UWB startups remain committed to the technology despite a string of bad news over the last nine months.
ChipWrights targets ViSP processor at netbooks News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment ChipWrights Inc. (Bedford, MA), the fabless group that focuses on digital signal processing-based devices called visual signal processors (ViSPs), is touting its multi-core CW5631 SoC as the ideal solution for netbook developers struggling to implement successful web video and Linux support without driving costs sky-high.
Adobe Flash being ported to TVs, STBs News & Analysis 4/20/2009 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has started porting the Adobe Flash Platform into some of its chips targeting set top boxes. The move is part of plans by Adobe to extend the Flash Platform into televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.
Cypress revenue beats estimates News & Analysis 4/16/2009 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor posted a GAAP net loss of $90.7 million on revenue of $139.3 million in the first quarter as gross margin fell and factory utilization hit an all-time low of 34 percent, the company said.
AnalogicTech : Lighting controller drives up to eight LEDs Product News 4/16/2009 Post a comment By delivering industry-standard I2C programmability across nine different LED combinations and I2C control across 16 different voltage settings for each LDO, AnalogicTech’s AAT2862 provides the level of versatility designers require to build complex products in short design cycles.
China promises 3G growth in 2009 News & Analysis 4/15/2009 Post a comment China will continue its national roll out of 3G cellular services this year despite the global recession, spawning double-digit growth for network equipment vendors, according to an analyst's report.
SMPTE to kick off 3DTV effort in June News & Analysis 4/13/2009 Post a comment Stereoscopic 3-D content took a small step closer to the home TV as the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers said it will define a single mastering standard for viewing on TVs, PCs and mobile phones stereo 3-D content that could come from optical disks, broadcast networks or the Internet.
Startup brings MLC to server flash drives News & Analysis 4/13/2009 Post a comment Startup SandForce aims to be the first company with a controller supporting multi-level cell flash chips for solid-state drives used in servers, paving the way to lower cost and higher density drives servers makers want.
Secure CPU complies with DoD anti-tamper mandate News & Analysis 4/10/2009 Post a comment A privately held semiconductor company based in Pleasanton, Calif., is offering a secure chip that provides anti-tamper technology in commercial and military systems as outlined in U.S. Department of Defense instruction 5200.39.
CAN primer: creating your own network Design How-To 4/9/2009 1 comment CAN is extensively used in automobiles and trucks but has found applications everywhere. There are many "application" layers available for CAN such as ISO 15765 (cars), J1939 (trucks) and CANopen (factory automation) but it is very easy to develop your own protocol that will fit and simplify your needs. This paper goes through the theory of CAN, talks about a practical example with an STM32 microcontroller, and provides links to source code.
Analyst: Chip delays could slow Verizon's LTE rollout News & Analysis 4/8/2009 Post a comment A research note from Deutsche Bank has cast doubts over the ability of early adopter Verizon Wireless to launch a 4G Long-Term Evolution network in up to 35 markets in the U.S. by the end of next year using datacards, and suggests handsets may be even longer delayed.
ZigBee chip specialist raises a further $8 million News & Analysis 4/6/2009 Post a comment Capitalizing on the increasing interest in and demand for smart energy/grid initiatives, ZigBee chip specialist Ember Corporation ( Boston, Mass. and Cambridge, England) has closed a funding round of $8 million that brings the company's total funding to $89 million.
MagnaChip seeks investment from financial firm News & Analysis 4/3/2009 Post a comment South Korean financial services firm KTB Securities is in negotiations to invest in MagnaChip Semiconductor, the logic spin-off of Hynix Semiconductor, according to a report out of South Korea that was confirmed by a MagnaChip executive.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times