Qualcomm touts the smartbook to rival netbooks, smartphones News & Analysis 5/29/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has started promoting the concept of the 'smartbook', powered by the latest 1GHz versions of its Snapdragon chipsets, and described as taking the best of what a netbook and smartphone has to offer in terms of functionality and performance.
RFaxis touts integrated, single die BiCMOS front ends Product News 5/29/2009 Post a comment Wireless chip startup RFaxis (Irvine, Calif.) has started sampling its first two devices, both offering a replacement for traditional RF front-end modules, combining all the functionality into a single-die, single-chip that use "breakthrough and disruptive" design methodologies.
Marvell posts sequential sales gain News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group reported a sequential increase in sales for the quarter ended May 2 and the company's chief executive said recent trends indicate an improvement in near term order patterns.
Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
AMS, Fraunhofer partner for encoder ICs News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment Analog IC specialist Austriamicrosystems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) have linked to develop a generation of magnetic motion sensing integrated circuits based on Fraunhofer’s patented HallinOne magnetic sensor technology.
SIM cards identified as a growing market News & Analysis 5/27/2009 Post a comment The mobile communications market as a whole may be suffering, notably as regards subscriber growth, but shipments of SIM cards are powering ahead, having reached record levels in 2008 and set to continue growing this year, according to market trackers IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
U.S. flat-panel TV sales grew again in Q1 News & Analysis 5/26/2009 1 comment Shipments of flat-panel televisions in the U.S. and Canada reached 7.8 million units in the first quarter, up 17.3 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Ceva, mimoOn partner for LTE baseband News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment DSP cores IP licensor Ceva Inc. has joined the growing list of companies to port mimoOn's mi!MobilePHY LTE software on to silicon targeting the emerging wireless broadband technology.
Rapid growth seen for mobile broadband modems Survey 5/25/2009 Post a comment The mobile broadband modem market in Europe, including USB modem devices, PC Cards, ExpressCards, and internal cellular modems for laptops and mini-laptops, reached around 10.5 million units last year, more than doubling from 4.3 million in 2007.
Handheld ultrasound gets FDA approval News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment Startup Signostics got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ship what it claims is the world's smallest ultrasound device, the pocket-sized, one-pound Signos that sells for about $4,000 as a kind of visual stethoscope.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win News & Analysis 5/20/2009 Post a comment Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
Cisco discloses server ASICs News & Analysis 5/19/2009 Post a comment Cisco Systems has designed a set of proprietary ASICs to more than double the DRAM memory linked to an Intel Nehalem processor in hopes of leapfrogging existing server makers in areas such as database performance or the number of virtual machines a server can support.
Broadcom urged to buy market share in cellular baseband News & Analysis 5/19/2009 Post a comment Broadcom Inc. may have to return to the acquisition trail to build scale and breadth of technology if it wants to challenge Qualcomm, Infineon and ST-Ericsson for big design wins in the increasingly competitive cellular baseband business, according to market tracker Strategy Analytics (Milton Keynes, England).
Groups combine for high level protocol LTE ref designs News & Analysis 5/19/2009 Post a comment picoChip and Continuous Computing are joining forces to develop a Long Term Evolution (LTE) femtocell and picocell reference platform that extends from a hardware reference design and physical layer implementation (PHY) all the way up through Layer 2 and Layer 3 LTE protocols.
Innovision confirms NXP as Gem licensee News & Analysis 5/18/2009 Post a comment The deal signed by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England) with an un-named supplier of NFC chips turns out to be with NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
Groups demo LTE platforms, test cases at Berlin summit Product News 5/18/2009 Post a comment Silicon IP licensor Ceva Inc. ((Herzelia, Israel) has teamed with communications network integrator and software supplier Aricent to demonstrate a licensable IP platform solution for LTE baseband terminals based on Ceva's DSP core at this week’s LTE World Summit that takes place in Berlin, Germany.
Trident buys consumer IC lines from Micronas News & Analysis 5/14/2009 Post a comment Consumer chipmaker Trident Microsystems has acquired three consumer chip product lines from Micronas Semiconductor in exchange for 7 million shares of Trident common stock plus warrants to acquire up to 3 million additional shares.
TI acquires Luminary Micro News & Analysis 5/14/2009 3 comments Texas Instruments acquired Luminary Micro, a supplier of ARM Cortex-M3-based 32-bit microcontrollers. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
TI to demo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transceiver chip News & Analysis 5/13/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments is demonstrating a 5Gbit/s transceiver test chip at next week's USB Developers Conference in Tokyo, Japan that it says will speed the implementation of the emerging SuperSpeed USB 3.0. specification
Are the gloves off for motor control? Design How-To 5/12/2009 Post a comment Developments in MCU performance are creating new opportunities for three-phase motor control solutions, which could lead to greater efficiency in everyday white goods. Which approach is best, hardware of software?
RF chip group raises a further $1.1 million News & Analysis 5/12/2009 Post a comment CMOS RF tuner specialist Elonics Ltd. (Livingston, Scotland) has raised a further $1.1 million, much of which will be used to expand sales and operational support for what it says is a growing global customer base.
NXP sampling standards compliant NFC chip to tier 1 handset makers News & Analysis 5/11/2009 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has started sampling to "all the major mobile handset manufacturers" an NFC chip that is fully compliant with the latest mandated specifications for the short range, low power networking standard, including the important Single Wire Protocol connection with the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card and Host Controller Interface.
German group buys Technitrol's MEMS microphones operation News & Analysis 5/11/2009 Post a comment German component manufacturer Epcos AG has bought, for an undisclosed sum said to be in the mid-single digit million Euros, the development activities and patents related to MEMS microphones of Technitrol, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), opening up a new market for Epcos.
Carriers: Let many mobiles multiply News & Analysis 5/8/2009 Post a comment As the market for cellphones approaches saturation in North America, carriers are hungry for new kinds of gadgets to link to their networks, but some systems and software designers are not eager to take on the broadening design challenges.
Nvidia revenue shows sequential growth News & Analysis 5/7/2009 Post a comment Graphics chip specialist Nvidia reported that revenue for the quarter ended April 26 was $664.2 million, an increase of 38 percent from the previous quarter but down 42 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.
ST in licensing deal for FET's battery technology News & Analysis 5/7/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics and Front-Edge Technology, the Baldwin Park, California-based developer of rechargeable batteries, have signed a licensing deal under which Franco-Italian chip maker gains access to FET's NanoEnergy ultra-thin lithium battery technology.
Wi-Fi backers drive to 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/6/2009 3 comments Five top Wi-Fi chip makers and a handful of computer and consumer OEMs have created the Wireless Gigabit Alliance that aims to release later this year a specification for 60 GHz networking at rates up to 6 Gbits/second, competing with startups such as Amimon and SiBeam that have rallied similar alliances around their technologies and already delivered working chips to OEM partners.
Hynix, Numonyx, Phison team for NAND controller IC News & Analysis 5/6/2009 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor Inc, Numonyx BV and Phison Electronics Corp. have announced that they agreed to develop controller ICs for the next generation of managed-NAND memories based on the newly-released JEDEC eMMC 4.4 specification.
System ICs to return to growth in Q3, iSuppli says News & Analysis 5/5/2009 Post a comment The market for system ICs--including ASICs, application-specific standard products and programmable logic devices--is poised to return to sequential growth in the third quarter after watching its revenue fall by nearly one third over the past six months, according to market research firm iSuppli.
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